Guests are amazed at $1,000 NFTs they buy to get preferred restaurant reservations

Guests are amazed to learn that people can now purchase NFTs for up to $1,000 each just to gain access to special dining privileges — including priority reservations — at popular New York City restaurants.

Front of House (FoH), a platform for NFTs, or non-fungible tokens, was launched this spring with the goal of becoming a “one-stop shop for digital collectibles from the best bars and restaurants anywhere.”

So far, the company has partnered with Manhattan-based restaurants Dame, Hanoi House, Emmett’s on Grove, and Wildair to give owners digital collectibles that come with special perks.

Writer Maya Kosoff got used to it Twitter on Monday to share a screenshot of The Infatuation’s article Fun at Dame’s Affable Hospitality Club, which costs $1,000 on the FoH website.

Dame (pictured) is one of the New York City restaurants that has partnered with Front of House (FoH) to offer NFTs that come with special perks, including priority reservations

Dame (pictured) is one of the New York City restaurants that has partnered with Front of House (FoH) to offer NFTs that come with special perks, including priority reservations

FoH was launched this spring with the goal of becoming a

FoH was launched this spring with the goal of becoming a “one-stop shop for digital collectibles from the best bars and restaurants anywhere.”

“If showing up on a Monday sounds like too much of a hassle, you can also just buy an NFT that allows for priority booking (no kidding),” the author explained.

“For $1,000, the NFT gives you (similar to a JPEG, but more exclusive) membership to Dame’s Affable Hospitality Club with access to exclusive tables, which must be booked at least 24 hours in advance.”

Kosoff highlighted the lines about the NFT, tweeting, “I’ll say it boldly: NYC’s restaurant reservation culture has gone too far.”

According to the FoH website, members of Dame’s Affable Hospitality Club will have access to reservations for groups of two and four and other community perks including “the toughest tables in NYC” through 2022.

However, there are a few catches. Tables must be reserved more than 24 hours in advance. If not, they will be made available to the public.

Membership in Dame's Affable Hospitality Club costs $1,000. Members have access to reservations for groups of two and four through 2022, but there are a few catches

Membership in Dame’s Affable Hospitality Club costs $1,000. Members have access to reservations for groups of two and four through 2022, but there are a few catches

Author Maya Kosoff tweeted a screenshot of The Infatuation's article poking fun at Dame's Affable Hospitality Club, adding,

Author Maya Kosoff tweeted a screenshot of The Infatuation’s article poking fun at Dame’s Affable Hospitality Club, adding, “NYC’s reservation culture has gone too far.”

Also, holders are only allowed to book one table per week and a table is not guaranteed if it is already booked by another FoH holder.

Dame’s $1,000 membership is by far the most expensive on the FoH site. Hanoi House and Emmett’s on Grove offer similar perks for $300, while Wildair’s Donut Club membership costs $200.

A number of Twitter users who responded to Kosoff’s tweet saw no point in paying for a reservation at a restaurant that already accepts reservations — no matter how hard it is to get in.

“Reluctant to say it but we just gotta bring the walk back in restaurants,” one person commented, while another added, “All of that for some friggin’ fish and chips.” It can’t be that good.’

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A number of Twitter users who responded to Kosoff's tweet saw no point in paying for a reservation at a restaurant that already accepts reservations

A number of Twitter users who responded to Kosoff’s tweet saw no point in paying for a reservation at a restaurant that already accepts reservations

“The desperate search for a legitimate use case for NFTs continues,” wrote another. ‘In this edition it replaces the burden of bribing the maitre d. by rich people.’

Others pointed out that the Big Apple has many restaurants for guests to choose from on any given day.

“It’s New York. There are thousands of restaurants. It blows my mind that someone would go to so much trouble to reserve a table. I would literally rather eat there,” tweeted one reviewer.

“If I were reading this out of context, I would assume that New York has a glaring lack of world-class restaurants and you just can’t get decent food without some weird stunt,” joked another.

However, not everyone was against NFTs targeting restaurant regulars.

“I thought this was ridiculous when I first read about it a while ago…but learning more about the utility of NFTs is interesting,” argued one Twitter user. “By diversifying their income streams and owning more of the hype, maybe this could be a way to maintain their longevity.”

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Andrew Kugle

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