Keith McNally owns Pastis, Balthazar and Schiller's. Even though I love Schiller's after hours, and Odeon rocked back in the day, I'm just not a fan of the overpriced bistro. But give credit where credit is due, McNally knows how to open a restaurant. You just don't want to work for him.
In all fairness it's not just McNally. The vast majority of city restaurant workers are royally ripped off by owners. For those lucky readers unfamiliar with the NYC restaurant/bar world, it is mostly the wait staff, not the owner, who pays wages for the front of the house. So when the wait staff tips out the bartender, hostess, manager or kitchen it means the owner is paying those people less of a wage or no wage at all. In any other city half of what goes on would be illegal. Well, surprise of all surprises, it turns out it's illegal here as well.
- photo by blaise k via flickr