Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Dining in the dark soon to be a reality on the LES



We've talked a little about last night's CB3/SLA meeting.... The Lo-Down has the scoop on more action, including a new eatery that will generate a good 10,000 or so blog posts among all of us...:

The most intriguing concept of the night came from the team behind “Dans Le Noir,” the “blind dining” franchise from Paris. Having just flown in from France yesterday, the owners walked community board members through an impressive proposal for the former “Tonic” space on Norfolk Street. The idea, they said, is simple: “Diners eat in the pitch dark and are served by blind people, creating an interesting sensory experience.”

Dans Le Noir co-founder Etienne Boisrond, elaborating on the concept, said, “you become the blind and they (the servers) become your eyes.” It’s a fusion menu with french accents. The owners noted that 10-percent of the profits go to charities around the world.


Read The Lo-Down's full report here.

Meanwhile, several people have asked me... I did not get to play the Community Board/State Liquor Authority Drinking Game last night. But these babies are flying off the shelves....

7 comments:

WB said...

I'm sorry. What? April 1 was months ago.

With all of this stuff getting approved, I wonder if the CB played the drinking game itself.

Anonymous said...

LOL ! "Sir, here's your sou....aaaaaiiiiiiiiiiiieeeeeeeee!!!!!"

Anonymous said...

Hmm, let's see...an innovative, wide-ranging, dedicated, inexpensive music performance space vs. an eat-in-the-dark novelty restaurant only posers will want to go to.

Seems like a fair trade, no?

Curt Hoppe said...

Novel way of getting around the City's new restaurant ratings system

EV Grieve said...

@Curt Ha. Classic.

Cookiepuss said...

Boy doesn't this sound creepy. What kind of public benefit does this have for the community? Giving people in the community an opportunity to be in communion with waiters who are blind? Did they happen to mention that the blind waiters will also be all male and adorned in G-strings? If you should have to use the rest room a telepathic seeing eye dog shows up at your table and escorts you to the toilet. After this throw yourself down on the floor and lap up a couple of bowls of scotch with "Old Yeller". Tips are encouraged.

Anonymous said...

The restrooms (which are also unlit) are down a steep flight of rickety stairs. The untold advantage of this is that they need not post the "employees must wash hands" sign... wait... they can't read it anyway !

Someone should recommend that they serve those "half a frozen beer can" thingys. They'd be tons of fun in the dark.