If You’re in NYC, Have a Bite in This French Restaurant for Crypto

A new French restaurant in NYC started accepting cryptocurrency and ditched credit cards. La Sirène, an authentic French cuisine bistro, in addition to bitcoin, also accepts Ethereum, Dash, and Eos, among others.

“The chef is extremely passionate about bitcoin and cryptocurrency in general, so he’s really trying to have everyone around him acquainted with it and convince everyone it’s a very promising method of payment,” said Benjamin Cosso, the restaurant’s general manager, who estimated that they get about two customers a week paying for a meal with bitcoin.

If you’d like eat out at this restaurant, you can leave your Visa and Mastercard at home: La Sirène does not accept such payment methods, according to the West Side Rag, a neighborhood’s newspaper. It does accept cash, check, and American Express.

Reacting to the blog post, one person wrote: “They take bitcoin, but not Visa? Who are they hoping to market to? Makes no sense.” Another wrote: “Bitcoin but no “regular” credit cards (Visa, MasterCard)? Guess they only want to attract the Amex crowd (biz travelers, business people?) … and millennials with bitcoin. And who writes checks anymore?”

Nevertheless, as the crypto market continues to gain prominence restaurant owners are realizing the benefits of accepting the digital currency for payments.

Didier Pawlicki, the chef and owner of the restaurant, declined the New York Post’s requests for contact, explaining that he’d “just opened the restaurant and wasn’t ready for press.” But according to the restaurant staff member who said “He’s interested in that, so we always accept it.” According to this person, as of 2017, customers paid with cryptocurrency at least “a couple of times a month.”

La Sirène is located at 416 Amsterdam Ave. on Upper West Side, and 558 Broome St. in the fabulous NYC neighborhood of Soho. Both restaurants accept cryptocurrency.

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