Some New York City Restaurants Ban Food Photography By Customers

by CBS New York  |  published on January 30, 2013

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If you’re one of the thousands of people who snap pictures of your food and instantly share them on social media, you might be surprised to learn that some restaurants are now banning photos of their food.

As CBS 2’s Emily Smith reported Monday, you see it all the time – not art or fancy photography, just cell phone pictures of our meals.

“I think, inherently, New Yorkers want to brag about the fantastic restaurants that are here in New York,” a woman said.

“My mother-in-law, my father-in-law, they take pictures of the food wherever they go,” a man said.

And it is something that has gone from awkward to mainstream, via Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. What is sometimes known as “food porn” has taken on a life of its own, and some restaurants have decided to ban it.

“It can shatter the experience when you’re asking your fiancé to marry you, and a flash is going off at a table next door,” said David Bouley, owner of Bouley Restaurant.

At Bouley, located on Duane Street in TriBeCa, a new protocol is in place. Guests may only take photos in the kitchen, and by next week, Bouley will be providing a photo to customers with the check.

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