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Hi Infatuation reader. With restaurants around the country reopening, we understand that socializing in any form might still feel strange, and poses risks too. Should you go out to eat? That’s up to you. But we’ll continue to keep you informed as best we can. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to email us at community@theinfatuation.com.

Friends Of The Infatuation

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. To summarize, it’s The Infatuation’s first official membership program.

Membership comes with:

  • Invites to members-only parties, special virtual programming + the ability to RSVP to Infatuation events early
  • Special editorial content and behind-the-scenes Instagram stories
  • Discount codes, perks, and gifts from brands like Shake Shack, Bluestone Lane, Equinox, Ace Hotel, & more
  • Exclusive use of Text Rex, our SMS-based restaurant recommendation service

Members receive


Our parties feature some of the best food, drinks, and spaces - in cities around the country. 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.

Obviously, we’re not getting together in bars and restaurants right now, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get together virtually. Alongside The Infatuation’s weekly How To Drink Wine School, we’ve been hosting members-only events like a beer buds club and cooking demos.

Some of the events we’ve put on in the last year:

  • A virtual pizza night with the co-founder of Emily and Emmy Squared
  • Special invite to virtual Beer Buds with The Infatuation team and guest hosts from local breweries
  • 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
  • Friends of The Infatuation happy hour with Murray’s Cheese
  • A special BMW dinner celebrating one of their new cars

Exclusive + Behind-The-Scenes Content

Members have access to exclusive content from The Infatuation, created by our teams across the country (and the world).

We’ll add you to our Close Friends on Instagram, so you’ll get a look at what’s going on behind-the-scenes. And although you can’t travel at the moment, you can daydream about a trip to Mexico City and make (hypothetical) plans with our members-only travel guides. They have you covered on where to eat, as well as what to check out, where to stay, and how to do the world’s top cities right. Plus, we’ve got new, member-exclusive content in the works.

Check out our London Travel Guide for a sample of what to expect in terms of exclusive editorial resource guides.

Discounts & Perks

Each month your membership email will include info with discount codes, perks, and gifts from some of our favorite brands. Plus, we’ll highlight promotions that rotate throughout the year on upcoming events, limited offers, and more.

Some of our partners include:

Text Rex

Text Rex is The Infatuation’s messaging-based restaurant recommendation service, where our dedicated team of restaurant experts are available to help you find the restaurant you’re looking for.

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.

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?”

*Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, cities around the world have limited restaurants and bars to takeout and delivery. Because of this, we’ve paused our Text Rex service for now, but you can always email us at friends@theinfatuation.com.

Let’s Be Friends

Become a Member

  • Event Access
  • Text Rex
  • Exclusive Content
  • Discounts & Perks
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, virtually or in real life.

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.” 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. An email will be sent to notify you before your renewal date. 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.

Do the benefits stay the same all year?

You’ll have access to the same basic benefits - events, discounts, exclusive content, and more - all year, although specific offers may change. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have suspended Text Rex and postponed our EEEEEATSCON festivals indefinitely, but we’ll keep members updated as things change.

What cities are the benefits offered in for Friends of The Infatuation?

We’d be more than happy to have anyone join as a Friend of The Infatuation, but please keep in mind that a few of our offerings (Text Rex and live events) are geared towards NYC and LA. Many of the Friends of The Infatuation benefits are available across the United States.

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. The team responsible for Text Rex is based in NYC and LA, but they’ll do their best to answer your questions for any location.

Can I bring a guest to Infatuation parties, members-only events?

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. If you’re joining a virtual event and have other people in the room, we’re cool with that. Anyone else, send them to this page so they can become a member too.


Due to COVID-19, EEEEEATSCON has been post-postponed, indefinitely. If you’re already a member and had a plan including a VIP ticket to EEEEEATSCON, you’ll be renewed at our base membership for the coming year.

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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