Most inventive / non-traditional "free" items at restaurants?
When I say inventive and non-traditional, I mean things that are not either a bread basket, or one of those ubiquitous amuse bouches.
For example, the one that immediately comes to mind is the pound cake that Bouley gives you as a "parting" present, or the chocolate goodies that Modern passes out before you head home.
Any others out there that you can think of?
Craft also gives you a muffin or something similar.
Jean Georges will give a small bag of chocolates, to the ladies, only, IIRC.
Doesn't Per Se pack up your unfinished chocolates to go, as well?
Clinton St Baking Co also will give away leftover muffins at the end of the day.
Mermaid Inn has chocolate pudding and one of those red fortune telling fish.
Louro starts you out with their "Portuguese butter" a spread with lard spices and pork, is quite delicious and something I've never seen anywhere else.
Jungsik's amuses ,i.e. fried chicken is really good.
Recette on Evenings with Jesse, gives you a cake much like Boulez to go home with
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The "parting gift" is about as ubiquitous as an amuse bouche at high-end places these days. The first ones I recall were Gramercy Tavern's breakfast muffins, but since then they've become de riguer.
Probably the most interesting ones (at least in terms of not being a typical baked good or chocolate) are EMP's granola, and once (last year?) around X-Mas when Aquavit gave us, along with some cookies, little spice pouches to make Glögg at home. That was a fun idea.