Thursday, September 12, 2013

Underground dining becoming more popular

From CBS New York:

As you sit down to dinner, this story illustrates eating out like you have never experienced before. We are talking about super-secret, illegal dining experiences hosted in homes.

CBS 2 investigative reporter Tamara Leitner went undercover to see firsthand how this underground world works.

It may look like a dinner party, but it’s really an underground supper club.

The diners are a mix of New Yorkers and tourists. CBS 2’s undercover cameras captured one experience — eight people who didn’t know each other eating a meal in a stranger’s home.

That hostess, Naama Shafi, writes about food but is not a chef. Leitner found her through a website, which connects amateur foodies and professional chefs in 20 different countries with people who want unique dining experiences.

Clandestine dinner parties like the one Leitner attended have become more common in New York City. And insiders told Leitner they are completely unregulated.

When asked at the dinner, “do you ever worry about getting caught?” Michael Patlazhan responded, “I definitely do.”


Anonymous said...

I've gone to several of these with Filipino and Thai friends.

It is dealt with as a BYO for beverages and/or a cooking lesson.

Though I've never had a problem, these people walk a fine line and could face a lawsuit if someone gets sick.

Alen said...

the guy was cooking with nitrogen indoors and without anything covering his hair. idiot

Anonymous said...

How dare these strangers eat together without Government approval. Clearly a sign that The End Is Near.

Queens Crapper said...

Strangers eating together is not the issue. Running a tax free business in an area its not zoned for is the issue.

Anonymous said...

I know, I know ... just got a libertarian thing going on here. Not a big fan of taxes or zoning beyond the absolute minimum. Let's see what other posters say!

Anonymous said...

As undergound dining has become more popular, so has an upsurge in food poisoning occurrences, etc.

Continuing on the subject of tax free dining...what about the whore houses that keep on proliferating in the Flushing region?

That's an awful lot of unreported egg roll income!