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Jun 16, 2009 05:11 PM

Pay What You Wish at Le Bec Fin

I just found out about an amazing promotion at Le Bec Fin for the month of July. They are offering a "Pay What You Wish" promotion Monday through Thursday at 7 PM for one chef's table of 20 people each night. Chef Perrier will come out to greet the table and find out about any dietary restrictions and then go off to the kitchen to prepare the meal for the whole table. You can reserve for anywhere from 2 to 20 people at this table--if you reserve less, you will share the table with others but that doesn't seem like a big deal to me. The check will come blank at the end of the meal and you decide what to pay. You can even bring your own wine!

It sounds too good to be true but I just called the restaurant and made a reservation. I asked questions and there is no catch, not even on BYOB--no corkage fee or anything.

Anyway, the hostess said the phone has been ringing all day and they are filling up very quickly. If you get the machine (I did), just keep calling back. More info here:

Sounds too good to be true!

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    1. Yikes. This sounds like a high stakes gamble for a Philadelphia institution. And Georges Perrier is supposed to be an astute businessman, isn't he? I hope this isn't the beginning of the end for them.

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      1. re: Mawrter

        Supposedly, it is because the summer months tend to be slower but I guess a little publicity like this never hurts either.

        I also read that July is already booked so the promotion has been extended to August.

        1. re: Mawrter

          A high stakes gamble? We're talking about a table for 20 that is now booked midweek for the entire month of July that wouldn't have been booked otherwise.

          I highly doubt that the majority of the people doing this are going to write in a ridiculously low amount on the bill where Mr. Perrier would lose money on the deal.

        2. seems like he's stealing an idea out of radiohead's playbook. they got paid pretty well on their name your own price album.

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          1. re: dtphilly

            I thought about going, paying 5 dollars for the meal and tipping the server 50.

            1. re: Gorp512

              You raise an interesting point. While most guests will pay an appropriate sum and tip accordingly, what server will want to play "Russian Roulette" with their tips in the event some smart ass wants to pay $10 and tip $2 (20%)??

              So what do you tip in that situation??

              1. re: Philly Ray

                On the other hand, you might get some people ( like me) who would actually give more to the server than for the bill.