The Balth, 5:12 PM: The calm before the storm.
The one and only Balthazar, The Balth in these parts, turned 10 today. To celebrate, as has been widely reported, there is gratis bubbly all day—Champagne Gardet Premier Cru, Balthazar 10-year Anniversary Cuvée Brut NV, to be exact. Note the bouncer in the above photo. Normally he shows up for dinner service. Today, he was on the scene for lunch as well. McNally + gratis bubbly = mayhem.