0 The EatWith shared-dining site, in New York, April 1, 2017. The site, which enables people to arrange online to be part of a dinner party, has begun analyzing guests’ ratings to see what works best at dinners and sharing that information with hosts. (Christian Hansen/The New York Times) NEW YORK —
In a penthouse apartment in Manhattan’s Chinatown on a recent Monday night, Lisa Larsson chopped shiitake mushrooms and looked rather relaxed for someone about to host a 14-person dinner.
She had arranged the party through the app AirDine, which lets users pay to eat at strangers’ houses, rating the experience afterward. The app started in Sweden last year and expanded to the United States and elsewhere in March. Larsson, 26, a painter originally from Sweden, was hosting the first party in the United States.
The guests — half friends and half strangers — arrived. Mostly millennials, they displayed a dinner-party-appropriate gravitas: pocket squares, bottles of wine for Larsson. There was only a whiff of cynicism when Noor Shams, who works in microfinance, said the doorman downstairs did not recognize Larsson’s name and “for a second, I was like, ‘This is a scam!’”
It was not a scam — but whether AirDine […]