Restaurants can now charge extra for using a credit card
Restaurants and other businesses now have the right to add fees for credit card use, the Post reports. As long as the fees are clear and up-front, restaurants can use the surcharges to cover the 2 to 4 percent fees credit card companies charge them. But the fees can’t be a percentage of a tab, and instead must be a set amount. Places like Taverna Kyclades in Bayside and Sal’s Pizzeria in Cobble Hill are reportedly charging an extra 4 and 7 percent. David Arias, who owns Spanglish in Bayside, said he switched to a cash discount instead after getting complaints.
Celebs dining out in NYC
In town for Webster Hall’s reopening show, Jay-Z and Beyoncé also snuck in a date night in Brooklyn. The mega-famous music couple reportedly headed to private club Dumbo House — related to Soho House — with tons of security in tow. Other celebs were seen out and about celebrating their birthdays. Comedian Carol Burnett had a party at Polo Bar, with Julie Andrews, Kristin Chenoweth and Bernadette Peters in attendance, while model Gigi Hadid held hers at new hot spot L’Avenue at Saks. Taylor Swift, Hailee Steinfeld, and Marc Jacobs partied at that one.
Meanwhile, food-world celebs — a very different genre — gathered for dinner last week at Simon & the Whale. That’s because famed Hong Kong yakitori chef Matt Abergel was in town to cook a skewer-filled meal based on his restaurant Yardbird. Former Times food critic Frank Bruni, Eleven Madison Park’s Daniel Humm and Will Guidara, Christina Tosi of Milk Bar, and others were in attendance at that one.
Two new openings
A new Thai restaurant called Wayla has opened at 100 Forsyth St. on the Lower East Side from chef Tom Naumsuwan and partner Erika Chou with dishes like marinated pork jowl with tamarind sauce and lobster stir-fried rice noodles. In Greenpoint, the team behind Sunday in Brooklyn has taken over the food and bar A/D/O. To start, it’s a limited menu of breakfast, brunch, and cocktails, but eventually they’ll open a new restaurant in the space.
Chronicling the ‘hideous men’ of NY in a walking tour
The New Yorker profiles a new, different kind of a walking tour: one that highlights the most hideous men of NYC. The tour stops by some restaurants (because of course) though there are many others it could, and might, expand to. The Plaza Hotel is one of them. “At the moment, the Plaza is fighting a lawsuit brought by a group of female employees who accused the hotel of fostering ‘rape culture,’” leader E. Jean Carroll said on a recent tour. “They say they have been grabbed, groped, or pushed into rooms.” Tickets are available here for this free event.