It's true: some of New York's best-known restaurateurs could ban (or have recently thought about banning) tips in their restaurants. It starts with Danny Meyer who, in response to a recent Slate piece advocating eliminating tips, tweets that he thought about abolishing tips several years ago but ended up not after servers resisted. In response, Tom Colicchio drops the bomb that he's considering getting rid of tips at Craft, while Momofuku's David Chang is "more than kicking around the idea," but has to figure out how to raise prices to cover service without getting backlash from customers.
Bloomberg's Ryan Sutton, meanwhile, noticed this interaction on Twitter and thinks it's a swell idea, writing that "[T]hey should, because it's the right thing to do." There is some precedent for this of course, with Sushi Yasuda going tip-free just last month.
· Tipping Is an Abomination [Slate]