Restaurant tip ban a welcome rule at NYC sushi restaurant

Posted at 10:25 AM, Jun 10, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-10 21:27:07-04

MANHATTAN (PIX11) – A midtown sushi restaurant is banning tips to improve your dining experience.

Sushi Yasuda, a Japanese eatery, banned gratuities and raised menu prices.

It’s a practice that’s used in European and Australian restaurants.

“The diner doesn’t [have to] think about how much to leave and make calculations [after] a contemplative and special meal,” co-founder Scott Rosenberg told ABC News. “We’re really sort of just staying connected to that classical approach [of fine Japanese dining].”

The owner also raised the wages for its employees. He says his employees do not need tips because they’re paid very well.

The practice is also seen as a positive experiment for restaurant workers, according to Daisy Chung, executive director of Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York, a nonprofit that supports workers.

“We definitely feel there shouldn’t be a separate system where tip workers rely on tips to subsidize their wages,” Chung said. “Workers should be fully compensated.”