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Menus without prices?

Back in the '60s, some fancy restaurants had two versions of their menu: one with prices (for the men) and another without prices (for the women). Does any place still do this, do you know?

Leo in Maryland

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  1. The club we belong to does. Only the host, whether it's me or my husband, gets the menu with prices.

    1. I went to a Persian restaurant a few years ago that had menus like that.

      1. Michelin 2* restaurant in Rome - Il Pagliaccio.

        Hadnt even heard of it happening in decades, let alone seen it.

        Was funny, as it was my wife who had the credit card and was paying.

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        1. re: Harters

          Yes, I find it funny when it's just my husband and me. Obviously this tradition arose so that your guests would feel free to order whatever they wanted, irrespective of price. There's a certain graciousness about that, but when it's a husband and wife, it's just silly.

        2. This has been discussed in earlier threads on the Not About Food board.
          I live in CT and members at my country club and my in city club receive menus with prices, guest menus do not have prices. Guests can not pay the check anyway, all checks are posted to the members' accounts and billed monthly.
          Until the late 70s, women did not receive menus with prices, either. BUT, until that tome women could not be members, they could be the wife or daughter or widow of a member and could sign the checks. Although the federal Equal Rights Amendement failed, our state constitution did get an Equal Rights Amendment and since then women could become members, and even tee off at the same tome as men on weekends and Wednesday afternoons.

          I'm showing my age, but remember separate grill rooms for women and men, and by law a woman coukld not be wiothin three feet of a bar in CT, they had to be seated at a table to get an alcoholic drink. "You've come a long way, baby" <VBG>

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          1. Yes, in a private club I was invited to recently with my boss (boss male me female) The club member got the menu with prices. No money was exchanged, just a signature of the member. Forty five plus years ago I experienced this in a very ritzy NYC restaurant. I was a very young lady dining with a older male colleague and this was kind of a given in that era that the man would pay.