NYC only offers one ‘Dark Dining’ experience I could discover. It’s on offer twice a month at Camaje Bistro 85 Macdougal Street West Village. The whole concept is designed to help you focus on the taste, smell and texture of your dining experience rather than be distracted by anything else, though the video certainly suggests that people’s wandering hands were just as interested in fellow diners as the actual food.
Guests are given a special blindfold and carefully guided to their seats. The wait staff then spends plenty of time making sure each diner will not be given any food that they don’t like or to which they are allergic. Finally they are served a 4 course meal along with appropriate wines. It is not until the end of the night that the chef talks to the diners about what they have been eating and discusses with them what it was like eating food they can’t see.
Diners are taken outside again before they give up their blindfolds so that the immersive nature of the experience is not disrupted. Camaje Bistro has been offering their ‘Dark dining’ for many years and plenty of everyday eaters, along with professional food critics, have given them a thumbs up. So if you are after a ‘Only In New York’ this is one on offer.