Some people are having fun in New York and enjoying unique fine dining experiences. But they’re stepping off the main streets to do it, and they’re breaking the law.
Underground supper clubs are proliferating. They offer a chance for small groups of people — both New York residents and tourists alike — to gather in exclusive locations and eat meals prepared by professional chefs.
But they’re not sitting well with the New York Gestapo, which is headed by a control freak nanny mayor who thinks he knows best what people should eat and drink.
New York health authorities say the supper clubs need to obtain permits and be inspected lest diners fall prey to… oh the horrors!… foodborne illnesses. A reporter talking about the “clandestine” dinner parties gasps, “They are completely unregulated.” Supper club hosts face the prospect of $2,000 fines and cease and desist orders if caught.
The city health department issued a statement that said, “The city does not allow meals to be served to members of the public in someone’s home.” Friends and family members apparently aren’t considered “members of the public,” even though the only difference between a supper club and a dinner party gathering is the fact that money changes hands and New York tax thieves can’t get their grubby mitts on it for their “fair share.”
Joining one of the supper clubs can cost anywhere from $40 to $200. Underground diners find each other through newsletters, word-of-mouth and websites like this one.
Hat tip: The Libertarian Republic