James Corden Involved in Weird NYC Restaurant Drama

Balthazar owner says Corden was banned, then un-banned
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 18, 2022 12:09 AM CDT
James Corden Banned, Then Un-Banned From Swanky NYC Eatery
James Corden attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the "In America: An Anthology of Fashion" exhibition on Monday, May 2, 2022, in New York.   (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

The owner of Balthazar, the Manhattan restaurant that's a favorite of the celeb set, claimed to have banned late night host James Corden from the SoHo eatery before later doing a 180. "James Corden is a Hugely gifted comedian, but a tiny Cretin of a man. And the most abusive customer to my Balthazar servers since the restaurant opened 25 years ago," restaurateur Keith McNally posted on Instagram Monday. "I don't often 86 a customer, to today I 86'd Corden. It did not make me laugh." He went on to tell two stories of alleged bad behavior by The Late Late Show With James Corden host at Balthazar, and also accused Corden of acting similarly at Cafe Luxembourg, another NYC restaurant McNally opened and later stepped away from. Hours later, he said Corden called him to apologize and so would be given a second chance.

In June, according to the manager's report cited by McNally, Corden finished his meal, then showed the manager a hair he said he'd found on it. "Get us another round of drinks this second," Corden allegedly said. "And also take care of all of our drinks so far. This way I [don't] write any nasty reviews in yelp or anything like that." Then, on Oct. 9, another manager's report claims Corden's wife ordered an "egg yolk omelette" during brunch and Corden told their server "there was a little bit of egg white mixed with the egg yolk." The dish was remade, but the second time around it was served with home fries instead of the salad that was ordered, leading Corden to allegedly yell at the server, "You can't do your job! You can't do your job! Maybe I should go into the kitchen and cook the omelette myself!"

"The biggest mystery here, other than why Corden returns to Balthazar despite apparently having bad experiences there, is what an egg yolk omelet could be," writes Kenzie Bryant at Vanity Fair. "I’ve heard of an egg white omelet, and I wonder if, in his frustration, McNally misquoted the manager’s report. But if that’s the case, he did so twice. An egg yolk omelet without any egg white is a bit of a culinary impossibility and very offensive indeed." Eater New York notes that since he entered the social media world about two years ago, McNally, a staunch Woody Allen and Roman Polanski supporter, "has become known for his unconventional and at times problematic social media presence." As for the 180, McNally posted later Monday, "anyone magnanimous enough to apologize to a deadbeat layabout like me (and my staff) doesn’t deserve to be banned from anywhere. ... All is Forgiven." (Read more James Corden stories.)

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