Government Bails Out Bagatelle’s Brunch

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Further to our profile of the brunch scene at Merkato 55, the Times checks in with neighbor Bagatelle, where the doorman is a little stricter so the Champagne poppers are a little classier. For instance, theres the laid-off gossip-magazine reporter who says: Its like, What recession? Look around. Do you see a recession? A cocktail waitress adds: You always think, The economy is hitting today. By 7 p.m., youre like, What crisis? But let it be known, investment bankers are feeling the effects. Says one of the gatekeepers, Remi Laba: Instead of having the $10,000 to $15,000 to spend on a Saturday afternoon, they might spend $2,000 to $3,000. Which is fine. Indeed one banker is coping heroically: If youd asked me in October, Id say itd be a different situation, and I dont think Id be here. Then the government gave us $10 billion. Aww. Remember the ending of Bright Lights, Big City, where the harsh light of day makes the laid-off editorial assistant see the error of his ways? These days, dude wouldve crawled straight to Bagatelle.

Uncorked! [NYT]