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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. With VIP access to events and parties, exclusive use of Text Rex NYC, special content, and more, this is your opportunity to get more from The Infatuation, during our EEEEEATSCON festival, and throughout the year.

Members receive

Text Rex

Our SMS-based restaurant recommendation service is available exclusively to Friends of The Infatuation in NYC. That means (from 8am 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, “My adult dodgeball league team wants to go out for drinks after our game. What’s a place in Williamsburg where 12 people can hang out comfortably on a Thursday night?”

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.


Besides EEEEEATSCON, we had over 30 events in NYC alone last year. Most of our parties are after the workday, and feature some of the best food, drinks, and spaces in NYC. These events usually fill up very quickly, but as a member you’ll get an opportunity to RSVP early (for you and a plus one) to a lot of these parties. For what you usually spend on two drinks and a bar snack on a Wednesday, you’ll be able to eat and drink for free at our events all year. Plus, we’ll be throwing members-only parties for Friends of The Infatuation throughout the year, where you can meet other friends, and hang out with us too.

Travel Guides

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 that, too. With Friends of The Infatuation, you won’t just know where to eat when you travel - you’ll know where to go, where to stay, and how to do the world’s top cities right. Check out our London Travel Guide here for a sample of what to expect.

Discounts & Swag

Working with great brands and partners has been a part of The Infatuation story from the beginning, and we’re lucky to have the opportunity to offer discounts and perks from some of those brands exclusively to Friends of The Infatuation. Whether it’s a company you already know and love or something new that we’re excited about, each month in your membership email we’ll send you info about perks like free food, free workout classes, discount codes, and more.


Let’s Be Friends


Friends of The Infatuation

  • Text Rex
  • Expanded 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.

When EEEEEATSCON NYC tickets are on sale, we’ll be offering a membership package that includes an EEEEEATSCON VIP pass, which comes with access to a members-only area (where you can order food instead of waiting in line), a free drink on us, and some special perks throughout the festival.

The program is currently only offered in New York City. Memberships will be renewed 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.

Can I come to both days of EEEEEATSCON?

A membership which includes an EEEEEATSCON VIP experience ($99) entitles you to a one-day pass to the festival, but you can select a two-day option when you sign up. If you’ve already selected a one-day option, just reach out to us at friends@theinfatuation.com, and we’ll get you taken care of.

Our general membership ($49) does not include an EEEEEATSCON VIP pass, but if you’d like to upgrade to a membership that includes an experience at the festival, you can also reach out to us at the email above.

Can I bring a guest as a VIP too?

We’d love for you to bring some friends along, but Friends of The Infatuation is a one-person membership. Anyone that you’d like to have access to member perks at EEEEEATSCON will need to purchase a separate membership.

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 will now be an exclusive offering for Friends of The Infatuation. (If you’re in California, Text Rex will continue to operate as a free service until we launch Friends of The Infatuation for you next year.)

Can I upgrade?

Absolutely, all you have to do is email friends@theinfatuation.com, and we can charge your card to bump you up to the tier that includes special access at EEEEEATSCON.

I don’t live in New York City — 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 the in-person offerings will take place in New York City. We’ll be expanding the program to new cities soon.

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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