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We could do without having our plate taken away before everyone at the table is finished. This breach of manners, which we have noticed at Blue Smoke and Cafeteria in New York and The Ivy in Los Angeles, may seem a minor offense, but we agree with etiquette expert Ruth L. Kern: "It makes those still eating feel hurried and self-conscious." Neither of those goes well with dinner.

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