Restaurateur Keith McNally BANS Graydon Carter from all his restaurants after he failed to show up

Famed NYC restaurateur Keith McNally BANS former Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter from ALL his restaurants after he made a reservation for 12 and then failed to show up at swanky NYC joint Morandi

  • Former Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter reserved for 12 people on Wednesday
  • The lunchtime party was expected at McNally’s restaurant, Morandi
  • An hour after their 1pm reservation, Carter’s assistant called to cancel
  • McNally, owner of Pastis and Balthazar, was furious and banned Carter
  • Carter apologized for not canceling but laughed at McNally’s ‘deranged rant’

Celebrated New York restaurateur Keith McNally has banned Graydon Carter from his restaurants, calling him a ‘fancy f*****’ after the former Vanity Fair editor booked a table for 12 on Wednesday and never showed up.

McNally, whose culinary empire includes Balthazar, Pastis and Minetta Tavern, wrote a furious post on Instagram, denouncing the behavior of someone he previously considered a friend.

Carter had booked for 1pm, and his assistant did not call to cancel until an hour later.

‘Perhaps, being something of a social bigwig, Mr Carter thinks he is above having to cancel restaurant reservations,’ wrote the London-born restaurateur.

‘Perhaps. But I’ll tell you one thing. The fancy f***** will never be allowed to make a reservation at one of my restaurants again. Never.’

Graydon Carter, editor of Vanity Fair from 1992 to 2017, had a lunch reservation on Wednesday

Carter's party of 12 was due at Morandi, McNally's restaurant in the Greenwich Village

Carter’s party of 12 was due at Morandi, McNally’s restaurant in the Greenwich Village

McNally, 69, had previously been friends with Carter - who owns his own New York restaurant

McNally, 69, had previously been friends with Carter – who owns his own New York restaurant

He said that he had expected Carter, 71, who has since 2006 owned The Waverly Inn in Greenwich Village, to better understand the restaurant business.

‘Because Mr Carter’s a restaurateur himself, my chef, manager and floor staff were eager for the lunch to go perfectly for him,’ McNally wrote.

‘Extra staff were brought in to help with service, and 2 tables of 6 were meticulously set up and ready for Graydon Carter by 1pm.

‘Only he didn’t show up at 1pm.’

McNally said that staff at the Italian trattoria, which he opened in the West Village in 2007, were turning away other diners as Carter’s large table sat empty.

McNally, 69, said that Carter had ‘upset the equilibrium of the restaurant, and cost the servers money in tips.’

And he said the famed magazine editor, who now runs the weekly newsletter Air Mail, had previously done the same – once at Minetta Tavern and twice at Balthazar.

McNally has previously raised eyebrows with his Instagram comments.

In February he defended Ghislaine Maxwell, in jail awaiting trial for sex trafficking with Jeffrey Epstein, and insisted she was ‘currently innocent’.

He then praised Woody Allen and Soon-Yi for appearing at Balthazar, captioning a picture of them at his restaurant: ‘I’ve never been as happy at Balthazar as I was last night to see the beautiful Soon-Yi and her husband dining there.’

That post was covered in the May 15 issue of Air Mail, which described McNally as ‘going off the menu.’

McNally was referred to as a ‘sometimes dour 69-year-old with fewer than 15,000 followers on Instagram’.

Carter said in a statement to Page Six: ‘My office did forget to cancel the lunch reservation until a bit after 1:30, which is wretched and we will be making a donation today to the restaurant’s tip pool to cover what the staff would have made.

‘As a fellow restaurateur I fully understand the implications of a large party no show.

‘As for the rest of McNally’s deranged rant, it is pure fiction.

‘I rarely eat at his places and this all stems from the story we did about his most recent Instagram controversies in last week’s Air Mail.’


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