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Food That has Moved People to Tears: A Crybaby Compendium

Is crying in a restaurant ever acceptable? Probably not if you’re a baby and everyone around you paid roughly $400 for the chance to eat green apple flavored helium balloons and exploding black truffle ravioli. (I may have cried the day after I ate at Alinea, but that was definitely for reasons not related to food.)

But what about the adults who weep literally (in the traditional sense of the word) because the beauty tasted was too much to contain? I kind of hate these people and their emotional availability (and no, I don’t mean that mid-2000s meme) so I’ve been collecting examples for the past few years, waiting for the right moment to do something with them. That time is now!

I would know nothing about this personally, having only been moved to tears by too many pre-birthday dinner Manhattans last year and a quoted 70-minute wait at an Edgewater, New Jersey Outback Steakhouse over a decade ago, but this soulful breed exists, if primarily in the pages of food and travel magazines.

Food that has moved people to tears:

Cronuts (after 17 years in prison)

Faroese langoustine

Mackerel tartare with osetra caviar

Grilled sole with olive oil, pine nuts, orange, bergamot, and fennel

Turkish ice cream

Truffle soup

Salmon, avocado and mayonnaise hand roll

47 courses during El Bulli’s final run


A meal that ends with five desserts including the Mont Blanc Snow-Bowl, resembling “a 3-D map of a winter landscape beneath a glass dome” that’s presented as the room turns blue and Pink Floyd’s “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” plays.

Cronuts (lack of)

Double header: foie gras and fig and an oyster encrusted in “dirt.”

If there were any themes to be gleaned, I would say seafood, scarcity and spectacles have high potential for triggering deep emotions.

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