Waiter, a Pretty Steak, Please

At Empellón Cocina, a restaurant in New York City, diners see a not-so-gentle reminder at the top of the menu. “Empellón strongly discourages the use of cellphones, unless you’re posting food porn on Instagram. #Empellon,” it says in bold letters.

The aim is to get diners comfortable posting photos, says co-owner of the nouveau Mexican restaurant David Rodolitz, who came up with the tagline five months ago. “It’s almost like they are becoming a brand ambassador on behalf of the restaurant,” says Mr. Rodolitz. It also helps to bring followers to the restaurant’s own Instagram feed, which informs users about specials or offers behind-the-scenes glimpses of the kitchen, he adds.

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