When dining at Sushi Yasuda, don’t worry about the tip. The renowned sushi restaurant, located in Midtown New York, no longer accepts gratuity, The New York Times reported. The owners made the decision a few weeks ago to add the service fee into the cost of the food.
This unconventional no-tipping policy aims to improve the customer’s dining experience. It also follows the Japanese system of unrequired tipping. The Sushi Yasuda website says, “Following the custom in Japan, Sushi Yasuda’s service staff are fully compensated by their salary. Therefore gratuities are not accepted.”
The food prices increased by 15 percent after the restaurant incorporated the service fee into the menu price, Scott Rosenberg, an owner of the restaurant, told the Times. The restaurant also removed the tipping option on credit-card receipts. This new policy has reportedly confused customers, with some attempting to pay extra or leave tips in cash.
Rosenberg said that servers will return any cash left on tables to their customers. This may seem a little strange, but we’re sure guests would not mind saving that money.