OpenTable now lets you pay your bill via phone, talk to humans less

Not only will OpenTable find you a meal, it will let you pay your bill with your phone. Credit: Provided
Not only will OpenTable find you a meal, it will let you pay your bill with your phone.
Credit: Provided

Now that home cooking is being taken over by computers (see our main story), it’s time for restaurants to feature even less human interaction. The app OpenTable already bypassed any need to speak to some lowly maitre d’ over the phone. Now it’s added another feature: you can now store a credit card, so you don’t have to stoop to requesting the bill from the person waiting on you.

Now, now, let’s not get all luddite here. Restaurants are still in the stone age, technologically speaking — at least they were, a week ago. With this new addition, you can not only pay your bill (and tip) over your phone. You can check on your check at any point during the bill, making sure you’re not getting charged for that weird experimental soft shell crab dish you didn’t order. Throw in not having to wait for a slow waiter to bring the bill and that’s technology working for the good, not just the lazy or stranger-phobic.

Enjoy it while it lasts, though: The service may be free, but according to The Wall Street Journal, OpenTable CEO Matt Roberts said he “hopes to eventually” profit from mobile payments — whatever that means, exactly. And perhaps you’ll long for the days where you were stuck nipping on your last remaining drops of wine, making awkward small talk with the person you will never date again while a stressed-out waitress got high in the bathroom.

Follow Matt Prigge on Twitter @mattprigge


Gunther from 'Friends' talks Central Perk

We spoke with Gunther (James Michael Tyler) at the preview for new pop-up Central Perk, based on the cafe in "Friends."


Central Perk opens in SoHo

Central Perk, of "Friends" fame, is giving out free coffee in SoHo through Oct. 18.


Beer sponsor Anheuser-Busch reproaches NFL over domestic abuse

Anheuser-Busch chastised the NFL for its handling of domestic violence cases, making it the first major advertiser to put pressure on the league.


Sen. Krueger dishes on prospect of legal marijuana…

New Yorkers may see the legalization of recreational marijuana use as early as 2015 if State Senator Liz Krueger (D) gets her way. The Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act will…


FREEMAN makes Freeman a free man from Ween

For nearly 30 years, Aaron Freeman was known endearingly to his listeners as Gene Ween. But with "FREEMAN," he makes it clear that he's gone somewhere else.


'Outlander' recap: Season 1, Episode 6: 'The Garrison…

Whipping, punching, kicking and a marriage contract. "Outlander" is not for the faint of heart this week with "The Garrison Commander."

The Word

The Word: Hey girl, it's a girl for…

It's a girl for Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes, who reportedly welcomed a daughter last Friday, according to Us Weekly. The super-private couple managed to…


TV watch list, Tuesday, Sept. 16: 'New Girl,'…

Check out the season premiere of "New Girl," as Jess competes with Jessica Biel for a guy's attentions.


5 top contenders for NL Rookie of the…

The outing rekindled award talk for deGrom, who appears to hold the top spot for NL Rookie of the Year honors. Metro breaks down a few other contenders.


College football Top 25 poll (AP rankings)

College football Top 25 poll (AP rankings)


Tom Coughlin says Giants 'beat themselves' against Cardinals

Head coach Tom Coughlin, who had a day to cool off and reflect, still sounded like he had a gnawing feeling in his gut.


Marty Mornhinweg accepts blame for Jets timeout fiasco

Jets fans looking for a scapegoat for Sunday’s timeout fiasco found a willing party on Monday: Marty Mornhinweg.


Rachel Zoe: New York Fashion Week Spring 15

Rachel Zoe goes 'Glam bohemia' for Spring.


Where to find SweeTango apples

Introduced in 2009, SweeTango — a hybrid of Honeycrisp and Zestar — is a sweet apple with plenty of crunch.


London Fashion Week recap

London Fashion week gets in on the action with politics, heritage and summertime living.


Padma Lakshmi's recipe for green mango curry

Padma Lakshmi shares her recipe for green mango curry in UNICEF's new book, "UNICHEF."