The Takeaway

When Sexual Harassment is Part of The Job

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Brittany Bronson, a writer, teacher, and cocktail waitress at a Las Vegas casino, says that every shift involves a compromise between her gender politics and her daily wages.

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The $150 Dining Experience the Pros Ignore, But the Public Loves

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Zagat polled 30,000 people to pick the best new restaurant in New York, and its winner got exactly zero stars from Michelin’s experts. How does that happen?

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Freakonomics Radio

Freakonomics Radio: Should Tipping Be Banned?

Friday, June 20, 2014

To an economist, tipping is a puzzling behavior – why pay extra when it’s not required? In this episode of Freakonomics Radio, host Stephen Dubner looks at why we tip, which factors affect the amount, and whether tipping should perhaps be eliminated altogether. Research shows that African-American servers earn smaller tips than white servers, so there’s an argument to be made that the practice is discriminatory.

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Women Rule the Kitchen, But Not the Best Ones

Tuesday, March 25, 2014


Women represent only six percent of the head chef positions at 15 prominent U.S. restaurant groups.

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2013's Best New NYC Restaurants are Pricey, But Worth It

Thursday, December 19, 2013

"People need to realize that a bowl of pho shouldn't cost $5 dollars, it should sometimes cost $23 dollars, because it's made with the same love, care and ingredients as their fancy French food," says Bloomberg restaurant critic Ryan Sutton.

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Bathroom Attendants in Restaurants: Service or Servitude?

Thursday, November 21, 2013

A little revolution is happening inside an important room in New York restaurants. 

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Video: Lopate and Locavores - Tips From Your Waiter

Wednesday, October 23, 2013


WNYC host Leonard Lopate kicked off the series "Lopate and Locavores" with a panel of former and current NYC restaurant wait staff who shared insider tips and tales of what it's like to be on the other side of the dining table. Catch the video!



Veggies Take Over Pricey Tasting Menus

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Once upon a time, a tasting menu at every nice New York restaurant would start with caviar, and include fish, pork, and red meat. Now, it often begins with leaves, then moves to kale chips, then cabbage, broccoli, grains... with just little pieces of meat maybe making an appearance.

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The Greene Space

Craft Beer Jam: Making beer with downtown NYC brewpub 508 Gastrobrewery

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

New York City is home to just three brewpubs, and one of them is downtown's 508 Gastrobrewery. As we continue our toast to Good Beer Month, the city's 30-day celebration of local beers and the bars that serve them, 508's resident brewer Chris Cuzme gave us a peek inside the process of making a good beer.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

A Modest Proposal: Ban Tipping

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Freakonomics radio host Stephen Dubner discusses the recent episode that describes inequities in the way people tip.

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Lessons from San Francisco as Paid Sick Leave Bill Passes NYC

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

The City Council passed a landmark paid sick leave bill on Wednesday. The bill, which would require five paid sick days a year, would affect 300,000 New Yorkers and apply to businesses with 20 or more employees starting April 1, 2014.



Micropolis: Mystery of the Chinese Double Menu

Monday, January 21, 2013

Why, in this era of foodie hordes, Instagramming their way across the five boroughs, do some Chinese restaurants in New York City still have double menus?

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Slate Culture Gabfest

The Culture Gabfest: Drooping and Slumping Toward Insanity Edition

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens and Julia Turner discuss Pete Wells' epic New York Times review/takedown of Guy Fieri's restaurant, Philip Roth's retirement and the Rolling Stones' lack thereof, and the culture of Amtrak's quiet car.


The Brian Lehrer Show

Rags To Riches: The Golden Krust Story

Monday, September 10, 2012

Lowell Hawthorne, president and CEO of Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill, talks about his new memoir, The Baker's Son: My Life In Business, and his experiences as co-founder of Golden Krust.

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Study: Diners Eat Less When Restaurant Has Soft Music, Lighting

Monday, September 03, 2012

Soft lighting and mellow music in fast food restaurants can lead to increased satisfaction and lower calorie intake, say the authors of a new study.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Monday, March 12, 2012

Director David Gelb talks about his latest documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi, which tells the story of Jiro Ono, who’s considered by many to be the world’s greatest sushi chef. At the age of 85, Ono continues to work towards perfection in his Tokyo restaurant Sukiyabashi Jiro. And, from the restaurant 15 East, owner Marcos Moriera and sushi chef Masato Shimizu, join us to discuss the art of making sushi. Jiro Dreams of Sushi is playing at the Lincoln Plaza Cinema and the IFC Center.

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Restaurant Workers' Group Releases Ethical Eating Guide

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Restaurant Opportunities Centers United wants consumers to consider how the people making their food are being treated with a new manual called ROC National 2012 Diners' Guide: A Consumer Guide on the Working Conditions of American Restaurants. Should diners consider how workers are treated when ordering a meal? Cast your vote here.

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Community Board Considers Closing Bars Early

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Manhattan's Community Board 10 is mulling whether to ask bars, nightclubs and restaurants to stop serving liquor two hours before last call. This week, the board tabled a recommendation that would require establishments to stop serving liquor after 2 a.m. in order to get more information from its economic development committee, which proposed the rule.

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Central Park Boathouse Workers On Strike

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

On Tuesday at noon, approximately 60 hospitality workers at the Central Park Boathouse Restaurant walked out or failed to come in for their shifts, protesting alleged abuses by restaurant owner Dean Poll. The workers also said they would be on strike on Wednesday night.

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Celebrating Mardi Gras with King's Cake and Good Luck

Monday, March 07, 2011

For the Mardi Gras lover with a sweet tooth, a slice of King's Cake might be the best way to celebrate.