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As you know, cities around the world have limited all restaurants and bars to takeout and delivery. Because of this, we’ve paused our Text Rex service. We’re continuing to update our site with guides to getting something great to eat at home and community resources to help support the restaurant industry. Click here to learn more. Stay tuned, and stay well. And if you have any questions, email us at friends@theinfatuation.com.

Friends of The Infatuation

We’re excited to announce The Infatuation’s first official membership program. Friends of The Infatuation is not a club, it’s not a society, and it’s not a pyramid scheme, though we did look into that. It’s the formalization of a group of like-minded individuals under a common banner, or in this case, a ham horn logo.

Membership comes with
• The ability to RSVP to Infatuation events early + invites to members-only parties
• Exclusive use of Text Rex, our SMS-based restaurant recommendation service
• Special content, like travel guides and behind the scenes Instagram stories
• Discount codes, perks, and gifts from brands like Shake Shack, Equinox, Ace Hotel, & more
• Special access to the EEEEEATSCON VIP (“The Works”) experience


Members receive

Text Rex

From 8:30am to midnight, seven days a week, our dedicated team of restaurant experts, and our full restaurant and bar database, is entirely at your disposal.

Text Rex gives you easy answers to questions like, “Where can I eat some good pasta tonight on the Lower East Side?” or, “Where should my ex and I meet for a second first date?”

Our Text Rex team is based in NYC and LA, but you can ask for recommendations in any city, and they’ll do their best to find you some good options.

If you want to give Text Rex a try for free, just text us at 645-60 for a rec. Your first one is on us.


Our parties feature some of the best food, drinks, and spaces - in cities around the country. Last year, we had over 30 events in NYC alone.

These events usually fill up pretty quickly, but as a member, you’ll get the opportunity to RSVP early to a lot of them.

Plus, we throw members-only parties in NYC and LA for Friends of The Infatuation throughout the year too.

Some of the events we’ve put on in the last year:
• A members-only Sofar Concert with pizza from Rubirosa
• The Wine Room with special guest Chris Paul

• A launch party for Jameson’s newest product
• A party at Nike Miami
• FOTI happy hour with Murray’s cheese
• A special BMW dinner celebrating one their new cars

Travel guides & Behind-the-scenes content

You’re going to Mexico City, and you’re going to eat far more food than your doctor would feel comfortable with. You know we have your restaurant decisions covered. But what else do you do besides walk the city at 1.5X speed to try and burn calories?

Our exclusive Travel Guides have you covered on where to eat when you travel, but also what to check out, where to stay, and how to do the world’s top cities right.

Check out our London Travel Guide for a sample of what to expect.

Plus, we’ll add you as a Close Friend on Instagram, so you’ll get a look at what’s going on at The Infatuation offices, blooper reels on ride alongs, and insider info on things like the Hit List.

Discounts & Swag

Each month your membership email will include info on discount codes, perks, and gifts from some of our favorite brands.

We’ll also be sending limited offers on things like event tickets and and free workout classes, that will rotate monthly.



When EEEEEATSCON tickets are on sale, we’ll be offering a VIP (“The Works”) experience to members. VIPs get entry to a members-only area, a drink on us, exclusive access to some of our vendors, swag, and special perks throughout the festival.

Member benefits at EEEEEATSCON include:

 • Access to a members only lounge at EEEEEATSCON with special programming throughout the day
• Access to an exclusive food vendor in the lounge as well as one FREE drink

• Complimentary Parking

• New member gift + more

Let’s Be Friends

Become a Member

  • Text Rex
  • Travel Guides
  • Events
  • Discounts & Swag
Billed on purchase, renews annually (plus applicable taxes).

Gift a Membership

Send a digital gift card for a year of membership with a personal message.

Billed and sent on purchase (plus applicable taxes).

About the program

Friends of The Infatuation gives you the opportunity to have more - more access, more events, more personal recommendations, and more chances to spend time with us.

Since the day we launched The Infatuation in 2009, there has been one critical element behind every decision we’ve ever made: you. We’ve always chosen to focus on your needs first. It’s why we visit every restaurant before it goes on our Hit List to make sure it’s worth your time. It’s why our writers make several visits to a restaurant before writing the review to make sure we’re right. It’s why we spend time researching and creating restaurant guides that help solve critical life problems, like “Where To Go When You Just Got A New Haircut.” It’s why we put on a major food festival in two cities every year, and have great events all over the country. And it’s why we’ve decided to take the next step in our company’s evolution.

Does this membership renew automatically?

Yes, memberships will automatically renew annually. See above for details on pricing and what’s included, and feel free to drop us a line at friends@theinfatuation.com with questions.

Can I cancel and get a refund?

You’re free to cancel at any time, but, unfortunately, we cannot offer refunds for a partial year.

I don’t live in New York City or Los Angeles — can I still join?

We’d be more than happy to have you as a Friend of The Infatuation, but please keep in mind that most of our offerings (Text Rex, events, discounts & perks) are geared towards NYC and LA.

Can I use Friends of The Infatuation benefits in my city only?

When you sign up, we’ll be asking you what your location preference is, but no matter what city you’re in, you can take advantage of whatever Friends of The Infatuation has going on.

Isn’t Text Rex free?

We’ve been running the program as a free pilot for the last few years, but in order for it to best serve its users, Text Rex is now an exclusive offering for Friends of The Infatuation in NYC and LA.

Can I bring a guest to Infatuation parties, members-only events, or the EEEEEATSCON member lounge?

We love meeting your friends, and there will be parties throughout the year where you can bring a plus one - while members events are reserved for Friends of The Infatuation only. As for EEEEEATSCON, the VIP benefits at the festival require a VIP (“The Works”) ticket. If your friends would like to access the member perks at EEEEEATSCON, they can sign up for a membership and VIP (“The Works”) ticket on-site.

How Do I Get EEEEEATSCON Tickets?

When EEEEEATSCON tickets are on sale, we’ll be offering a one-day EEEEEATSCON VIP (“The Works”) experience, which includes a one year membership to Friends of The Infatuation. Please note that our general Friends of The Infatuation membership does not include an EEEEEATSCON VIP (“The Works”) experience.

If I’m already a member, how do I get an EEEEEATSCON VIP Ticket?

If you signed up for Friends of The Infatuation outside of EEEEEATSCON season, we'll be sending out information on how to get a VIP experience at a special rate once tickets go one sale, or you can just contact us at friends@theinfatuation.com, and we’ll get you taken care of.

Can I come to both days of EEEEEATSCON?

An EEEEEATSCON VIP experience entitles you to a one-day (“The Works”) ticket to the festival. If you’d like to get a VIP (“The Works”) ticket for an additional day, just reach out to us at friends@theinfatuation.com, and we can facilitate that for you.

Do you guys like me?

Yeah, we think you’re great. We’re also super impressed that you’re still reading all this.

I have another question.

That’s cool, we’d be happy to answer it. Just shoot us an email at friends@theinfatuation.com, and we’ll have a chat.

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