The restaurant Balthazar in New York City said comedian James Corden was its “most
Balthazar, a storied haunt for New York celebrities and power players, briefly banned
comedian James Corden after he berated employees on multiple occasions, the
restaurant’s owner said, calling him a “tiny Cretin of a man” and “the most abusive
customer” in Balthazar’s history.
Keith McNally, the owner of Balthazar and other popular New York City restaurants,
said in an Instagram post on Monday that he did not often “86” a customer —
meaning banning or refusing service to someone — but that Corden had earned it
after two incidents when he mistreated workers at the French restaurant.
In June, McNally said, Corden demanded that a round of drinks come “this second”
and that his previous drinks be comped because he had found a hair in his food —
after finishing his main course. Corden was “extremely nasty” to the manager,
On another occasion this month, Corden came to the restaurant with his wife for
brunch and complained to their server that there was “a little bit of egg white” in her
egg yolk omelet, McNally said. The dish was remade but sent out with the wrong side
— home fries instead of a salad — which was apparently the last straw for Corden.
“You can’t do your job! You can’t do your job!” Corden said to the server, according to
McNally, citing a manager’s report from the incident. “Maybe I should go into the
kitchen and cook the omelet myself!” When Corden erupted at the server, free glasses
of champagne were brought over “to smooth things out.” The episode left the server
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A representative for Corden did not immediately respond to a request for comment. A
manager at Balthazar declined to comment when reached by phone late Monday