Magazine article The New Yorker

Bruno Jamais; Tables for Two

Magazine article The New Yorker

Bruno Jamais; Tables for Two

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24 E. 81st St. (212-396-3444)--Three years ago Bruno Jamais, who'd been fired as the maitre d' at Daniel, decided to start an elegant clubhouse for his old clients--"men who are presidents and chairmen of huge companies," he said at the time. "And their wives," he added. Bruno's goes late, serving food until 4 a.m., even as it morphs, via the removal of tablecloths, into a lounge. Tony Chi, Bruno's designer, has said, "The place is about rubbing, being together." A private dining room in the basement doubles as a surreptitious smoking area, where strangers congregate, rub, and exclaim, "You are very beautiful, let me tell you this."

At 8 p.m. on a recent steamy evening, the place was deserted, save for a soul band setting up. "Where is everybody?" the captain was asked. "Don't worry," he replied. Sure enough, by 9:15, the patrons outnumbered the staff. More than one party consisted of a lone gray-haired gent and three or four young, or younger, women. "It's like a professor and his students," a diner remarked. "Except that those aren't students. …

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