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Picky foodies do not have to worry about patrons talking with their mouths full at this restaurant.

The Greenpoint restaurant Eat is hosting silent meals to put patrons in touch with their innermost grub insights, the restaurant’s management says.

“This is an opportunity for people to experience food as they might not otherwise,” the organic-centric eatery’s quiet feast curator Nicholas Nauman said. “If we limit our engagement with speech, we can find our consciousness doing other things.”

Hungry diners at the first silent dinner on Sunday quieted for Nauman’s welcome speech and kept their lips zipped for the duration of the four-course meal, which featured gourmet dishes like pecan ricotta with vegan cheese over brown rice and Tokyo cabbage. As advertised, the lack of table chatter made it easier to commune with their $40 dinner, some attendees of the mute meal said.

“The language of eating was gone and it was much more about the sensuality,” said Frank Lyon of Cobble Hill.

Nauman plans to host the silent meals every few weeks and he expects them to get increasingly popular without any chatty diners breaking the spell.

“I don’t expect there to be many saboteurs,” he said.

Eat [124 Meserole Avenue between Leonard and Eckford streets in Greenpoint. (718) 389–8083, www.eatgreenpoint.com]

Reach reporter Danielle Furfaro at dfurfaro@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-2511. Follow her at twitter.com/DanielleFurfaro.
Updated 10:15 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

"Interloper" from Kent Ave says:
Ok I'm all for all the great infusion of cuisine that is coming into the community but this is the dumbest most pretentious idea I've ever heard.
Sept. 24, 2013, 7:51 am
John Wasserman from Windsor Terrace says:
I hope that you'll forgive me for what I'm about to say. My wife and I went here, and were not impressed. Just because we didn't have a pen does NOT make it okay to not serve us, having paid the $40 in advance. We came home heartbroken, humiliated and hungry. Having said this, we received an email from the owners assuring us that the kinks have been worked out. The food did look and smell quite wonderful and so we look forward to our next visit.
Sept. 24, 2013, 12:29 pm
beth from greenpoint says:
Wait -- you didn't have a pen so they wouldn't let you eat??
Sept. 25, 2013, 8:44 am
John Wasserman from Windsor Terrace says:
Pardon me for being unclear, but how else we're we going to order? Being "shushed" wasn't something we would ever dream of. The mimes that made fun of us on the way out we're equally disconcerting. Can't wait to try the food though. ThAnks for reading-I will post about our next experience there. Word to the wise: bring a pen or a sharpie.
Sept. 25, 2013, 9:24 am
Realitycheck from BQE says:
So eating is "church" now?

Silliest damned thing.
Sept. 25, 2013, 11:07 am
John Wasserman from Windsor Terrace says:
"Diehipster: Failed Abortion"
Sept. 25, 2013, 1:36 pm
green in greenpoint from greenpoint says:
@wasserman - why would you go back? this sounds like a horrible, horrible place filled with horrible people.
Sept. 26, 2013, 7:11 am
John Wasserman from Windsor Terrace says:
They appologized and offered to pay for our next meal. Forgive and forget, if you don't mind the cliche.
Sept. 26, 2013, 1:36 pm
Mr. Buzzard from Brooklyn Heights says:
Hmmm...So if I've got my fingers SHUSHED in front of my lips...how do I get the food in? I' be hongrey...
Sept. 27, 2013, 9:30 pm
John Wasserman from Windsor Terrace says:
Well, if you'll pardon me, it doesn't matter how aweful the people are, since there is no contact, whatsoever. Also, the ushers, or "shushers", I should say, all have 2 arms.
Oct. 1, 2013, 10:49 am

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