The most controversial aspect of restaurant darling Rose's Luxury is that it doesn't take reservations. The only way you can guarantee a seat in advance is if you reserve the roof garden, which sells out in seconds online and is closed for the winter anyway. Everyone else can wait in the long, long line.
Until now! Rose's Luxury will auction off two reservations for two with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting World Food Program USA, which helps provide school meals for kids. The restaurant is also auctioning off dozens of autographed vintage plates and bowls, some of which will come with $25 or $50 gift cards. Of those items, 55 percent of proceeds will go to WFP. The restaurant already donates 25 cents of every meal it serves to the organization.
"I buy tons and tons of plates and china, and I always end up getting bored of it after a while," chef and owner Aaron Silverman says. "My general manager was getting sick of running out of space. He's like, 'Dude, you're a hoarder.'" So Silverman decided to put the stuff on eBay to support one of his favorite causes.
The auction will take place in three waves. The first wave is live now and will run through Nov. 30. Place your bid for one of the reservations here and check out the rest of the inventory up for grabs here. Bidding starts at 99 cents, but don't expect it to stay that low for long. Rose's Luxury auctioned off two reservations to its roof garden this summer for $15,000, which benefited Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign.
The second wave will roll out on Nov. 22 and the third on Nov. 24—both at 11 a.m. The second reservation for two auction will go live on the 24th. The winning reservation bidders can make a reservation for any night except New Years Eve. The bid includes food, but not alcohol.
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