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The entertaining, irreverent, and surprisingly moving memoir by the visionary restaurateur behind such iconic New York establishments as Balthazar and Pastis.

A memoir by the legendary proprietor of Balthazar, Pastis, Minetta Tavern, and Morandi, taking us from his gritty London childhood to his serendipitous arrival in New York, where he founded the era-defining establishments Odeon, Cafe Luxembourg, and Nell’s. Eloquent and opinionated, Keith McNally writes about his stint as a child actor, his travels along the hippie trail, his wives and children, his devastating stroke, and his Instagram stardom.

About The Author

Photograph by Alina McNally

Keith McNally, called “The Restaurateur Who Invented Downtown” by The New York Times, founded Balthazar restaurant, Balthazar Bakery, Pastis, Morandi, Minetta Tavern, Nell’s, Cafe Luxembourg, and Odeon. He is the author of The Balthazar Cookbook and Schiller’s Liquor Bar Cocktail Collection and the writer and director of two features, The End of The Night and Far From Berlin. He is also sixty-three-millionth in line for the crown of England.  

Product Details

  • Publisher: Gallery Books (May 6, 2025)
  • Length: 320 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781668017661

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