Liberated Plutocrats Free to Swill Cheap Wine

"Ah, my own Margaux! How veddy, veddy ... cheap!"Photo: iStockphoto.com/Helene Canada

The rich keep getting richer: Word from one of our cognac-swilling, ascot-wearing friends is that caviar capital Petrossian, among the city's most opulent spots, is waiving its corkage fees. This is actually quite a concession; most restaurants make their money from wine and liquor, of course, and a lot of top tables don't let you bring your own wine in at all. "We don't accept that, no," a reservationist at Cru tells us helpfully, adding, "We do have an excellent wine selection." Per Se, meanwhile, allows diners to bring their own if they're willing to shell out $90 a bottle to have it uncorked. In honor of their tax-breaks-for-the-rich generosity, we raise a glass to Petrossian a glass of two-buck chuck, poured directly from a Trader Joe's bag.