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Overheard: Authentic French Dining

At Le Monde’s bar, a portly man—apparently a manager of sorts—blowing haute air with two old, midwestern friends who were visiting the city.

They ask him about working so close to Columbia, with the students and all.

Yeah, but we keep it too expensive for the kids. Mostly professors and faculty in here.

They agree: That makes good business sense. Pesky kids. The fat man, gesturing to his guests’ drinks, looks over to the bartender,

Hit them again, sweetheart.

Grateful for the extra dose of white wine, the couple daintily cheers, and then curiously turn back to the previous question. He must take advantage of the cheap, collegiate labor, they reason.

No we don’t hire students. Ever! They are so… entitled. Ya know? Mel’s down the street hires those kids. The service is TERRIBLE!  [deep belly laugh] We hire more… of the artist type. Ya know, singers and actors

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23 Comments

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous very VERY true, except for the members of the Columbia Bartending Agency. Those kids know how to serve graciously and demurely. When serving bacon-wrapped scallops at a snobby Upper East Side private party, I like to repeat Brad Pitt’s advice to Matt Damon in Ocean’s Eleven over and over in my head; “Be specific, but not memorable. Be funny, but don’t make him laugh. He’s got to like you, then forget you once you leave.”

  • I graduated and moved away. says:

    @I graduated and moved away. Why do I still check Bwog?

    1. Alex says:

      @Alex because you had a great time as an undergrad?

      1. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous why does bwog feel the need to insulate itself from the public? Give bwog readers the ability to vote on your comments.

      2. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous Hahahaha…. nope.

    2. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous Because Bwog is the shit

      1. Taking the easy layup says:

        @Taking the easy layup Remove “the”, and you’d be correct.

    3. CC'2011 says:

      @CC'2011 You’re hoping the nostalgia will kick in any time now and make up for it.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous What was the point of this post?

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous well, fuck le monde’s bar .

  • party down says:

    @party down hyper link for the epic win. bwog just won millions of points in my book.

  • lolol says:

    @lolol at le monde’s being expensive…it’s average for NYC. it’s expensive for what you get. the food, except for the omelettes, is mediocre at best. that’s why students don’t go: because they won’t tolerate expensive bad food (whereas certain…older…members of the community will, just to get away from “the kids”)–here’s to the day when le monde and the other terrible, terrible restaurants in morningside–il cibreo, mel’s, cascabel, havana central, etc., looking at you–shut down.

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous but I like Cascabel…

    2. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous students won’t tolerate expensive bad food?? have you SEEN the shit at lerner’s cafes?

  • well that does it says:

    @well that does it everybody grab yer pitchforks

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous and I like Mel’s! Although what is up with them not serving fries with their burgers!

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous I find their burgers outrageously expensive.

    2. Layne Norton (PhD) says:

      @Layne Norton (PhD) no protein in fries. they’re straight carbs and saturated fats. Burgers at least are nice and loaded with protein and naturally occurring creatine

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Coumbia’s 28,000 students and 20,000 faculty, employees and staff, will make or break your business. So, I would be nice to Columbia.

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous Yeah, because Columbia owning the building they’re in is not enough incentive.

      1. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous And wants wrong with catering to students in a university neighborhood? It only makes smart business sense. A movie theater in the neighborhood would make a fortune.

        1. To be a college student is to be selfish says:

          @To be a college student is to be selfish Have you ever thought maybe Morningside locals are willing to pay for something priced out of the range of Columbia students? Other people live here, too.

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