Most sentient beings learned a thing or two from the cancel-culture hellscape of 2020; restaurateur Keith McNally apparently did not. As New York careens toward a full reopening, the creator of Balthazar, Pastis, Morandi, and Minetta Tavern is more talked about than ever. Unfortunately, it’s for all the wrong reasons.
Recipient of Internet Rage is a new role for a sometimes dour 69-year-old with fewer than 15,000 followers on Instagram, but it’s one he seems to be enjoying. Can we blame him for getting excited when an old friend ambles into Balthazar? No, but when the person is Woody Allen, perhaps this is not the moment to broadcast it. (Although one does have to admire his loyalty, sort of.)