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Restaurants crack down on food photography

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A lot of work goes into preparing your meals when you eat out.

Some consider their orders works of art.

A group of New York restaurant owners are cracking down on snap-happy diners.

"It doesn't make sense for food," said Ali Luchtman, who loves taking pictures of her food adventures. "I try to incorporate a few faces in my food photos."

Luchtman added, "I think the whole point of taking pictures of your food is so people are either like, jealous, or...you end up wanting to go there after you see it."

That's why she's eating at Mighty Cone.

"This picture did not do it justice," commented Luchtman.

"It happens sometimes, that somebody will take a picture of a half-eaten plate and we'll see it and be like, eh, coulda looked better," said Anne Tabakian, with Uchi.

She says they don't have a no picture policy.

"We love it when the people take pictures. It's a compliment," Tabakian added.

People like, Tracey Cook and Gabriella Delhoyo.

"I'm gonna Instagram that," Cook said. "We went actually, last night, to Uchi...and it was amazing and the food, we ate it way too fast to take pictures of it, but if we hadn't, I was actually like, 'oh, I want to take a picture.'"

Tabakian added, "Sometimes it can get a little intrusive and on a case by case basis we might be like, hey, can you take it down a notch on the flash. Other than that, it's not a big deal."

"I encourage it. In fact, we just launched a blog where people will be able to post photos. We encourage it on Yelp, Facebook, etc," said Shelly Edwards, with The Austin Club, a members only establishment.

Edwards knows it's risky to allow foodies to post about whatever they want, but it's a risk they're willing to take.

"Every time our name is mentioned, I'm actually keeping an eye on social media and you know, that's fine. That's just an opportunity to get somebody back in and be able to turn them," Edwards added.

"You have the right to say both. You have the right to say it was good and you have the right to say it was bad," Luchtman said. "I think if you say it's good and your friends see it, I mean, that's the whole point of social media."

If you do pull out your camera or phone at the table, just don't forget your manners.

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