[UPDATE BELOW] Over the weekend, the Post reported that a few trendy bars in the Meatpacking District were including automatic gratuities of up to 20% on all bar tabs. There was a lot of bitching, and now the Gansevoort Hotel Group says they're ending the policy. They sent us this statement:

In response to a recent news story in the New York Post, Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC would like to clarify that the bar does not include an automatic 20 percent tip on all beer, wine, and cocktails ordered, and has never done so. Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC has the utmost respect for its customers and gives them the choice to tip hotel and bar staff as they deem appropriate.

Since its opening this summer, Gansevoort Park Avenue NYC, the newest hotel from the Gansevoort brand, has included a 20 percent gratuity on all bar tabs. We are pleased to note that as of today, this automatic gratuity has been eliminated. Moving forward, neither Gansevoort property in New York City will include a gratuity on bar bills, and an automatic gratuity will only be added for large parties and bottle service.

And all it took was a moderate amount of online outrage. Yes We Can Complain on the Internet! We've contacted the Ace Hotel bar, where a Post reporter said she was able to argue her way out of an automatic 18% gratuity, to see if they have any plans on changing their policy. We'll update if and when they get back to us.

[UPDATE] It turns out the Breslin will be changing the policy as well! A spokesman told us, "the 18% will
be recommended through a message on the ticket but not mandatory."