Blind Item: Which Agency Head is a Nuisance in NYC Restaurants?

By Kiran Aditham 

Forget Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares; one particular agency chief is apparently giving staff in notable NYC locales plenty of their own. In a recent New York mag feature on hometown restaurateur Keith McNally, this little tidbit came up during his meeting with general managers of his various establishments including Balthazar and Pastis. Read on after the jump…


Another regular, the head of an ad agency, has canceled seven of fifteen reservations he’s made at Minetta; at Balthazar, he’s simply been a no-show on several occasions and been difficult when he has shown up. “Anyone who cancels that regularly, in a place where it’s so difficult to get a reservation,” McNally says, “then we should not waste time with them.”

“I’m sorry,” the Balthazar G.M. says, “he’s notoriously horrible. The other day, as the waitress is pouring the wine, he’s like, ‘Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.'”

“I hate that sort of thing,” McNally says, “and I don’t want staff to be subjected to it. Let’s take him away from double A. Make him single A. He’s trouble. In fact, that guy, no more Minetta.”

Oh snap. Let the guessing game begin.

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