NYC Restaurant Abolishes Tipping! Do You Love or Hate the Idea?

Sushi Yasuda now pays its staff the form of salary and benefits, and passes the cost to customers

Imagine this: You dine out, the bill comes, you pay the check and nothing more. It would feel like there's something missing, wouldn't it?

That's how it feels for some customers at NYC's Sushi Yasuda restaurant, which just instituted a no-tipping policy.

Although the restaurant raised its prices and compensates servers with salary and benefits accordingly, some customers simply can't get used to the idea of not leaving some extra cash. According to the New York Times, many customers have tried writing tips onto their bills, or stashing some additional green on the table before getting up.

To clarify its policy, the restaurant added a note to its bills and menus that reads, “Following the custom in Japan, Sushi Yasuda’s service staff are fully compensated by their salary. Therefore gratuities are not accepted. Thank you.”

Clear enough?

The restaurant's new protocol has sparked a lively debate, with some arguing that the policy of tipping helps incentivize service providers to offer a positive dining experience, and others saying that restaurants should pay a fair, living wage in the form of salary and leave it at that.

We can see both sides' reasonable arguments. But, after a lifetime of tacking on 15 to 25 percent for gratuity everywhere from restaurants to spas to taxis, we admit it's hard to even imagine walking away without doing so.

Of course, we also kind of love to fantasize about how much easier it would be if tips were included in our dinner bills: no busting out the smartphone calculator at the end of the night, and less confusion when divvying up a meal among friends.

So let's hear from you in the comments: Would you feel weird not tipping — or would you love it?

Alesandra Dubin is a Los Angeles-based writer. Follow her on Google+ and Twitter.

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