It was announced today that Danny Meyer, the man behind the Union Square Hospitality Group, will be getting rid of the practice of tipping at all of the group’s thirteen full-service venues.
To accompany the change, prices will be raised across the board, and diners will receive an inset explaining that there’s “hospitality included” in the price of their meal. In contrast to other restaurants where tipping is included in the bill, there won’t even be a line in the receipt to leave an additional tip if patrons desire.
Restaurants that will be affected by the change—which starts in late November—include such big-name New York establishments as The Modern and Gramercy Tavern. Mayer has long been critical of America’s tipping culture, criticizing the practice way back in a newsletter from 1994.