Tonic East Forks Over $35,000 for Partying Like It’s 1959When we wrote that Tonic East “has sucked in Murray Hill’s young exec set with a force that has almost ruffled their Polos and untucked their J. Crews,” we wondered how exactly the megabar could have such a soul-crushingly homogeneous crowd. Apparently it was carefully cultivated: A suit brought by the New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo claims that black investigators acting on patron complaints were denied entrance to the club for violating its dress code while white investigators were not. Tonic has settled the suit for $35,000 but insists it doesn’t discriminate — in fact, its bouncers are black! Given what a douchetination this place is, maybe the bouncers were doing barred patrons a favor.
NY Bar Settles Dress Code Complaint [Newsday]
Dovetail’s Food Editor–Hostess Tells Her Tale; Dessert Truck vs. TreatsThe Food & Wine editor–cum–hostess at Dovetail had a hard time learning the ropes of the job at first, but by the end she learned that star ratings from critics matter, and there’s more to being a hostess than checking coats. [TONY]
Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has filed a suit against Tonic East for “a pattern or practice of denying African-Americans from admittance into its club.” [Down by the Hipster]
Unbeknownst to us, rapper Coolio has a cooking show on the Web called, succinctly, Cookin’ With Coolio, but he might not be the most adventurous kitchen personality we’ve ever seen: “I don’t like pork, I don’t eat pork, and I don’t cook pork.” [Serious Eats]