The only good part about tipping is when you’re on the receiving end. As a customer, it’s not the best way to end a meal, with all that math and extra money thrown away on a meal.
Luckily for New Yorkers who despise paying gratuity, they have Sushi Yasuda, an accalimed Japanese eatery in NYC that has recently eliminated tipping in their restaurant. A note at the bottom of all Sushi Yasuda receipts explains the reasoning behind this decision:
Following the custom in Japan, Sushi Yasuda’s service staff are fully compensated by their salary. Therefore gratuities are not accepted. Thank you.
It seems like a simple enough solution, but one that few other restaurants in the US have ever implemented. The higher wages for employees are subsidized by a slight increase in baseline menu prices, according to Huffington Post.
It might make meals more expensive, but this system shows customers exactly what they’ll be paying and keeps the wait staff satisfied with a steady paycheck. Restaurant owner Scott Rosenberg told reporter Ryan Sutton that most customers will likely wind up paying slightly less than they would have with a regular tip and lower base prices.
While other restaurants have axed tipping across the nation, most of those add on a 20% service charge to their bills automatically, or still allow the option to tip if they are so inclined. Rosenberg felt that approach was “cumbersome and confusing.”
“Wouldn’t it be nice if you could get lost in the whole experience all the way through the meal,” Rosenberg said. “Not until that last step, when you have to look at the check, do some math, do some calculation. Why not just take your check, see the number, and sign it if you’re good with it. To me, it extends the fullness of the experience a little bit more.”
It’s not only about price and consistency, it seems, but this shifting paradigm of American culture may also mean an enhanced dining experience — if that’s your cup of tea.