Dining Tips

Restaurants Don’t Owe You Black Napkins

It’s perfectly fine to ask if a restaurant has black napkins. It is not fine to act as though you’ve been wronged if one isn’t provided. Acting outraged is pretentious. Typically, a fine dining restaurant will offer one when a member of the staff sees a dark outfit. Otherwise, you’ll have to do with the simple white ones. Of course, they might track lint all over your beautiful black dress, but that doesn’t make it inconsiderate of the restaurant to supply only standard napkins. Look, we understand they gave you a black napkin that one time you went to The French Laundry, but you’re not in Napa Valley anymore so get over it. Restaurants run on a tight budget, and there is rarely room for providing multi-color napkins for their guests.
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