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Restaurant Serves Up Meals In Full Silence

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A quiet revolution is underway at a Greenpoint restaurant, in Brooklyn, New York where every week or so, diners get the silent treatment.

Four-course, complete organic meals are served in complete silence, inspired by a young chef's time in an Eastern culture.

"I spent some time in a Buddhist monastery in India when I was in college and we had silent breakfast every day," says Nicholas Nauman, the head chef at Eat Restaurant. "We just ask people to turn off their phones and to remain silent for the remainder of the meal."

A hush falls over the dining room interrupted only by the occasional hand gesture or nod.

"We made a lot of facial expressions, you know, we found other ways of communicating that weren't verbal," says Eat's owner, Jordan Colon.

So far, they say they haven't had to discipline anybody for making noise...but there have been some close calls.

A man steps outside to blow his nose, while a woman struggles with a giggle, but how would the inevitable difficult diner complain, other than suffering in silence.

"Like, if there is something not quite right, or they wanted something different, gives one the opportunity to just be with that moment," says Eva Sschmidt, a sous chef at Eat.

But really, can New Yorkers, of all people, keep quiet during dinner?

"I think that'd be cool, you get to experience the food, really taste it," says one New Yorker.

"That would be nice can enjoy my food," says another.

"Just keep the woman from talking, the restaurant will make all the money in the world," says yet another New Yorker.

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