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Graydon Carter Hit With Wage Lawsuit at Waverly Inn

Plus, CBD restaurants continue opening across the city, despite the regulatory crackdown — and more intel

Waverly Inn has a dark dining room with paintings on the walls.
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Graydon Carter sued for alleged wage theft at Waverly Inn

A former server at the exclusive Waverly Inn is suing renowned owner Graydon Carter and his partners for alleged wage theft, claiming he was forced to perform non-service work like folding napkins at the lower tipped minimum wage rate. The server is trying to make the suit a class action, via his infamous restaurant wage theft attorney Maimon Kirschenbaum. Kirschenbaum got poetic in the language of this suit, opening it by referencing former Vanity Fair editor Carter’s famed fight with President Donald Trump: “Graydon Carter has publicly bashed President Trump, in fact famously referring to Mr. Trump as ‘The Cheapest Zillionaire’ in his publication Spy magazine. Unfortunately, Mr. Carter lives in a glass house.” The suit, in full below, is going to arbitration; Eater has reached out to the restaurant for comment.

JFK’s new restaurant-packed TWA terminal hosts star-studded fashion event

Newlyweds Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner were among several celebs at Louis Vuitton’s 2020 resort show held at the new TWA terminal at JFK this week. The revamped terminal featuring a new hotel, several bars and restaurants, a rooftop pool, and a museum, only opens to the public next week, but the high fashion crowd got a special sneak peak. Other stars in attendance included Emma Stone, Cate Blanchett, Alicia Vikander, Jennifer Connelly, Michelle Williams, and Lea Seydoux.

CBD restaurants keep opening across the city, and other openings

Another restaurant serving CBD products has opened in Prospect Heights, despite the citywide crackdown. Buds and Beans Cafe is now open at 564 Vanderbilt Ave., between Dean and Bergen streets, serving Greek pastries and colorful cookies. And West End Taqueria is opening on the Upper West Side, at the corner of 96th Street and West End Avenue.

The few restaurants that still employ bathroom attendants

Bathroom attendants are a thing of the past, but the 21 Club in Midtown is holding out. The restaurant and bar employs two attendants for the women’s bathrooms, both of which have held that position for several years. Nowadays, restroom attendants are few and far between, largely due to the fact that people don’t carry cash anymore — meaning no tips — and the profession simply feels outdated, the Times reports. But there are a few places like the 21 Club in Manhattan and Joe’s Stone Crab in Miami Beach that are sticking to tradition.

Jackson Heights Tibetan snags critic approval

Lhasa Fresh Food — the sequel to Lhasa Fast Food, the Tibetan restaurant hidden inside an arcade in Jackson Heights — serves critically approved soups and momos, according to New Yorker critic Hannah Goldfield’s latest review. The momos “come packed with ground chicken, beef, or chopped chive; the latter is an especially good choice, with the mellow-flavored allium, melty and sweet, upgraded to proper vegetable from its usual garnish status,” she writes. And her favorite soup, called karsod, is a mild mixture of scallion, cilantro, and potatoes thrown in with “gently gamy” lamb meat, all of which is topped with a lightly oiled dough that drapes over the top of the bowl.

Critic finds a Bolivian gem in Woodside

Times critic Ligaya Mishan finds “unfussy” and “dangerously ample” Bolivian fare at Puerta del Sol in Woodside. The meal should start with Bolivian salteñas, filled with a “soup-stew of coarsely chopped top round or chicken, loaded with olives, raisins and potatoes,” she writes. Then follow up with charquekan, a beef dish served with triangles of “creamy” Colombian cheese and potatoes. As for dessert, everything on the menu goes, from the “exemplary” flan to the “featherweight” pasteles.

Waverly Inn

16 Bank Street, Manhattan, NY 10014 (917) 828-1154 Visit Website

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