Service of It’s Dinner Time

February 22nd, 2024

Categories: Dinner Time, Restaurant, Rush Hour

We ate dinner at 7 or 8 PM when I grew up and because of work schedules, I segued into similar timing in my own home, inching up to 9 PM on many a night. A bonus: Once he retired, my husband became a spectacular cook.

The pandemic has changed countless habits one of which is the time many white-collar city workers–who are not on a strict nine to five track–eat dinner. Restaurants acknowledge the change: Six PM is the new 7:00 or 8:00 PM crush for reservations in NYC as the city–famous for being insomniac–discovers sleep.

Thanks to the saved commuter time I suspect remote workers who didn’t get home from work until 7 or 8 PM, eat earlier these days too.

I wonder if the time change has altered the dinner table menu. Is less pizza and Chinese ordered in? Are there more home cooked meals? Has your dinner hour changed too?

7 Responses to “Service of It’s Dinner Time”

  1. Lucrezia Said:

    Some genius, observing I was “set in my ways,” predicted I would grow up to be an old maid. I was three at the time. The prediction flopped, but our genius was correct. I have eaten dinner “late’ as long as i can remember, and never skipped a beat. Anything before 8 is early. There!

  2. Jeanne Byington Said:


    I eat at times all over the map these days depending if I’m meeting with others, if I’ve met someone for lunch —and how late. As a rule I eat 7 PM ish.

  3. Martha Takyama Said:

    We generally ate dinner at about 7:00 my family’s household. Over the years I got used to eating from 7:00 or 8:00 although my husband and I did often eat even later, after coming home from work. We also often sought to eat out later, but that is difficult to do in Boston where it has never been the custom. It does seem that more people are eating out earlier than used to be fashionable and that 6:00, which I find much to early, is more popular. I am not sure if it is due to modifications. in commuting or more reluctance to go out at night because our society is increasingly more violent. I am horrified by how early many senior living facilities dinner hours. are. I can’t image how it affects socialization and how people don’t get hungry long before morning! I don’t tend to eat earlier. I still cherish. mid-afternoon or 4:00 tea time or snacks.

  4. Jeanne Byington Said:


    I too like tea and snacks at 4 though it messes up dinner appetite unless tea is really late lunch. In that case dinner at 8 is required!

  5. Nancie Steinberg Said:

    Nancie on Facebook: We eat too late ⏰ usually! Sometimes because we start thinking about dinner at 🕖 7pm.

  6. Jeanne Byington Said:


    If I’ve had lunch at a restaurant, I’ve usually eaten more than usual so I’m not hungry for dinner at a standard hour.

  7. Linda Levi Said:

    Linda on Facebook: Hasn’t altered my dinner time, but I definitely cook more than I did pre-pandemic and curiously order in way less.

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