Mr. Kokonas added that during recent visits to Babbo and Del Posto, he noticed many customers were from out of town, as opposed to regulars from Wall Street. “He could probably p— off every bank in the world and still be fine,” Mr. Kokonas said. “Maybe Goldman will cancel their Christmas party at Del Posto, but that’s about it.” Goldman and other Wall Street banks declined to comment. But some bankers say Mr. Batali’s comments may have an upside. Said one Goldman banker: “If fewer bankers go to Babbo, maybe I can finally get a reservation.” [WSJ]

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  1. Posted by ShortNaked | November 10, 2011 at 12:44 PM

    Theres nothing funnier than innocent children being molested. NOTHING. Keep winning.

  2. Posted by Spurbury PD PR | November 10, 2011 at 12:48 PM

    Officer Favre is puzzled how Galikanokus has anything to do with bankers and a restaurant.

  3. Posted by Guesticus | November 10, 2011 at 12:50 PM

    Hey Bessar, your favorite painter (and ours) working on his Jon C painting circa now in front of NYSE

  4. Posted by BUBBA | November 10, 2011 at 12:53 PM

    Can't wait to meet my new cell mate

  5. Posted by Paul Allen | November 10, 2011 at 12:55 PM

    No can do, I got an 8:30 res at Babbo. Great sea urchin cerviche…

  6. Posted by Dr_Rosenrose | November 10, 2011 at 12:55 PM

    Just because we were dressed like douches does NOT mean we're out-of-towners.
    - OWSers spending mom's $ at babbo

  7. Posted by BrotherLehman | November 10, 2011 at 12:56 PM

    After I got ignored yesterday, I'm not going to a Batali joint either.

    –Pol Pot

  8. Posted by Guest | November 10, 2011 at 1:01 PM

    10 years old and already at a university? Let's face it, it's probably the only way these nerds were going to get laid…

  9. Posted by We need to know | November 10, 2011 at 1:04 PM

    What is your problem, asshole?

  10. Posted by Hakuna Matata Guy | November 10, 2011 at 1:06 PM

    Farva, Butchered it, Fail.

  11. Posted by PermaGuestII | November 10, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    Go kill yourself.

    -The Entire Commentariat.

  12. Posted by PermaGuestII | November 10, 2011 at 1:09 PM

    Serious q: The guy's got what, 15-20 restaurants? What are the chances that on any given night a meal you eat in one of his restaurants is actually cooked *by him,* rather than by someone using his recipes?

  13. Posted by uɐɟ ssǝq ǝuo # | November 10, 2011 at 1:13 PM

    bravo Bess, great headline!

  14. Posted by pazzo83 | November 10, 2011 at 1:13 PM

    Step 1: Plug in toaster
    Step 2: Take out metal knife
    Step 3: Jam metal knife into toaster.

    Thanks.

  15. Posted by Fixed Income | November 10, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    I'm with you. The guy is clearly racist.

    – Idi Amin

  16. Posted by Bandersnatch | November 10, 2011 at 1:24 PM

    While the crime was horrific, I find myself torn between laughing and crying when I see elements of the Penn State community thinking that firing Joe Paterno was excessive.

  17. Posted by Guest | November 10, 2011 at 1:24 PM

    Making a quip about some kids who were molested is definitely not the NKI.

  18. Posted by Bandersnatch | November 10, 2011 at 1:25 PM

    Fair question. But would you pass on dinner at Per Se because the odds are that Keller's not doing the cooking that night?

  19. Posted by guest | November 10, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    If you are a ten year old smart enough to be going to college…you are probably smart enough not to go to Penn State…

  20. Posted by not a banker/analyst | November 10, 2011 at 1:39 PM

    Clearly, the commentariat consists mostly of bankers & analysts, not traders. Traders don't get all self-righteous when someone makes a crass, tasteless joke about a tragedy. Traders one-up it.

  21. Posted by Bologna Sandy | November 10, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    Nerds at Penn State. Are you thinking of UPenn?

  22. Posted by pazzo83 | November 10, 2011 at 1:43 PM

    Hey!!

    - [Redacted Penn Undergrad]

  23. Posted by wahoo | November 10, 2011 at 1:44 PM

    Exactly, I was just "one-upping".

    -Kweku

  24. Posted by We need to know | November 10, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    Scary isn't it. Sport has an ability to recalibrate thought processes. I don't have that sports gene for recalibration so I totally understand where you're coming from.

  25. Posted by Guest | November 10, 2011 at 1:46 PM

    I'll attempt this.

    20 restaurants with 5 chefs each = 100 chefs

    So, 1/100.

    –CFA Level 2

  26. Posted by geoffgeoffgeoff | November 10, 2011 at 1:47 PM

    Agreed. Dealbreaker circa 2007/2008 would've guffawed at this and moved on. The times – they have a'changed.

  27. Posted by PermaGuestII | November 10, 2011 at 1:48 PM

    No, probably not- but Keller doesn't seem to be spread as thin as Batali, number-and-geographic-wise (yes, I know there's a lot more of Batali to spread around.)

  28. Posted by The Truth | November 10, 2011 at 1:57 PM

    The "traders" that would find that funny are bucket-shop/floor traders, not actual ones.

  29. Posted by guest | November 10, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    Trader here, who's been here since DB started in 06. Still didn't find it funny.

  30. Posted by Go Nittany Lyins! | November 10, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    Penn State sucks! And I am not talking about football. I don't see this as a JoePa witch hunt. I see this as an old fart who looked the other way while knowingly having a pedophile on staff. It kills me that PSU alums defend this asshole who should have retired years ago. Hey, Hey, Ho, Ho Joe Paterno has to GO!

  31. Posted by J. Sandusky | November 10, 2011 at 1:59 PM

    I want to think you're joking, but the lack of a quant signature is confusing me

  32. Posted by Blanus | November 10, 2011 at 2:03 PM

    You know who went to Penn State? Anal_yst. No surprises there.

  33. Posted by DSK | November 10, 2011 at 2:06 PM

    You're telling moi!

  34. Posted by geoffgeoffgeoff | November 10, 2011 at 2:09 PM

    No, not really. But commenters did have a sense of humor back then beyond "UBS MD" ad nauseum and "[...] is definitely the NKI" formula.

    Trader from '06 – me too, broheim. In my opinion, the only jokes that people should be losing their shit over are the inherently crazy/serious racist jokes. But then again, my sense of humor is fucked so…whatever.

  35. Posted by ShortNaked | November 10, 2011 at 2:09 PM

    Wow this thread escalated quickly.

  36. Posted by guest | November 10, 2011 at 2:12 PM

    Old timer here, sense of humor still intact. There are a lot of hilarious comments on a daily basis. Pretty confident that I'd feel the same way about child rape joke then as I do now.

  37. Posted by guest | November 10, 2011 at 2:13 PM

    My sense of humor allows me to laugh at you (rightly) believing that seriously racist jokes are too much but those about a ten year old being raped are all in good fun.

    - guy who's been here since Day 1

  38. Posted by Rahodeb | November 10, 2011 at 2:14 PM

    Ron Blarney?

  39. Posted by Fried Batali | November 10, 2011 at 2:15 PM

    You can have some pretty thick slices of Batali and still cover 20 restos.

  40. Posted by geoffgeoffgeoff | November 10, 2011 at 2:16 PM

    Okay – you honestly find this joke troubling? It's a fucking joke, taking perverse humor and adding shocking imagery. Pretty much par for the course on this very website for the past 5 years.

    "10 years old and already at a university? Let's face it, it's probably the only way these nerds were going to get laid…"

    (The first joke on the thread was admittedly awful, mostly because it was likely posted by some OWS jerkoff (hence, the "banker" signature).)

  41. Posted by Big Remo | November 10, 2011 at 2:17 PM

    Next time either be funny or get back on your meds

  42. Posted by PermaGuestII | November 10, 2011 at 2:18 PM

    Reader since '06 too, and non banker/analyst w a twisted sense of humor. Still found the joke across the line.

  43. Posted by geoffgeoffgeoff | November 10, 2011 at 2:18 PM

    Racist people make racist jokes more often than not because they're truly racist.

    You honestly think that ANYONE on this fucking board is even slightly okay with kids getting raped?

    Get your fucking head examined.

  44. Posted by Guest | November 10, 2011 at 2:18 PM

    Truth. As weird as it sounds.

  45. Posted by Automation kills | November 10, 2011 at 2:19 PM

    And by trader you mean one step above a monkey about to be replaced by a computer why do you still think trading means something and you're not a PM kind of trader? Yeah. Stay snooty.

  46. Posted by Whoops | November 10, 2011 at 2:21 PM

    Even I find that insensitive!

    -Carsten

  47. Posted by Bandersnatch | November 10, 2011 at 2:26 PM

    Likewise. I remember commenting that Cajunboy's "bankers raping passed out girl" guest article crossed the line.

  48. Posted by guest | November 10, 2011 at 2:28 PM

    No, by trader I mean Portfolio Manger, as in a person who actually has to, y'know, use his brain. The point of the comment was to mock the person who thought a PM/Trader (at many hedge funds PM and trader are synonymous) would find a child rape joke funny, when in reality, the only kind of "trader" who would find that funny would be found at the NYSE or JT Marlin. You get that right? (Don't bother responding, just slink back to your teller window).

  49. Posted by Mexi_Cant | November 10, 2011 at 2:28 PM

    What is wrong with racist jokes?

    -Don Rickles

  50. Posted by guest | November 10, 2011 at 2:30 PM

    Floor traders are not "actual" traders? Really? I'd argue that the definition of an "actual" trader is someone who is "actually" risking his own money.

  51. Posted by trojan_ | November 10, 2011 at 2:30 PM

    rape is no laughing matter. unless you're raping a clown. or somebody who raped somebody else.

  52. Posted by UBS MD | November 10, 2011 at 2:30 PM

    UBS MDs are the NKI

  53. Posted by That ARS kid at NYT | November 10, 2011 at 2:31 PM

    This all started when Paulson told GS he wanted to short the 8pm reservation tranche, but they had too much trouble laying off the risk so they had to expand the AA-tranche all the way down to A+.

  54. Posted by trojan_ | November 10, 2011 at 2:34 PM

    I saw that. PermaGuestII killed a guy. Did you throw a trident?

  55. Posted by geoffgeoffgeoff | November 10, 2011 at 2:35 PM

    Fuck you.

    -Sammy "L'chaim" Davis, Jr.

  56. Posted by guest | November 10, 2011 at 2:35 PM

    Does anyone else find it ironic that the first guy to complain about the joke was called "shortnaked"?

  57. Posted by We need to know | November 10, 2011 at 2:41 PM

    I laughed. Comment of the day material right here.

  58. Posted by Guest | November 10, 2011 at 2:48 PM

    Whose that? Pricasso?

  59. Posted by Hakuna Matata Guy | November 10, 2011 at 2:55 PM

    Awesome! The bank teller joke from yesterday stuck!

  60. Posted by Luigi | November 10, 2011 at 2:58 PM

    Well, I have never been made to masturbate into my own mouth either.

    Luigi Batali

  61. Posted by geoffgeoffgeoff | November 10, 2011 at 3:05 PM

    May I remind you of numerous laughs that you should (probably) repent for.
    http://dealbreaker.com/2008/08/john-paulson-also-
    http://dealbreaker.com/2009/07/bernie-v-mj-if-you

    Unfortunately the comments have all been erased with Disqus and all other changes, but enough with the moral indignation.

    -Guy That's Bored And Wants To Start A Fight

  62. Posted by guest | November 10, 2011 at 3:05 PM

    I don't think geoffgeoffgeoff was implying it was funny…just that we wouldn't care….and I don't.

  63. Posted by TheDetailGuy | November 10, 2011 at 3:20 PM

    Step 4: Profit!

  64. Posted by BessLevin | November 10, 2011 at 3:21 PM

    The next comment here better be about Batali and/or Goldman Sachs. This is why you can't have nice things.

  65. Posted by WSJevons | November 10, 2011 at 3:22 PM

    Why are Jeffery Epstein jokes ok?

    " .. . 40 girls aged 13 to 17 . . .saying Epstein sexually assaulted them"

  66. Posted by Hedley Lamar | November 10, 2011 at 3:22 PM

    Rape, murder, arson and rape.
    You said rape twice.
    I like rape.

  67. Posted by Magic comes first | November 10, 2011 at 3:23 PM

    Are you a rapist that does magic? Or are you a magician that also enjoys raping?"

  68. Posted by Kenny | November 10, 2011 at 3:24 PM

    I just saw two boys RAPING a 6th grader!

    Just kidding…

  69. Posted by Guest CFA | November 10, 2011 at 3:31 PM

    I just can't believe there hasn't been a single comment removed from this thread yet. What's the over/under on comments until 1 gets removed?

  70. Posted by Guest | November 10, 2011 at 3:31 PM

    Good thing money/bonuses don't do that to people!

  71. Posted by Guest | November 10, 2011 at 3:33 PM

    Woah good point.

    - The 56 people who liked NakedShort's comment

  72. Posted by 10 Year Old at Penn State | November 10, 2011 at 3:33 PM

    Thanks for sticking up for us kids, we feel touched.

  73. Posted by InfiniteGuest | November 10, 2011 at 3:34 PM

    [Furiously popping my own popcorn as I read this].

  74. Posted by Guest | November 10, 2011 at 3:47 PM

    Seriously why was it okay for Michael Jackson to obviously have been a diddler and he gets dietized when he dies and then this sick fuck at Penn State, who is obviously off the roadmap, but anyone who ever said "hi" to the guy gets their eyes poked out?

    Because idiots around the world love Billy Jean and only dumbass farmers from Lewistown remember picking off Testaverde 5 times in the Fiesta Bowl!

    - Guy who hopes everyonerealizes this is tongue and cheek and they're all sick fucks and deserve to fry

  75. Posted by PMCO/1+(1-Tc)x(D/E) | November 10, 2011 at 3:49 PM

    well done

    -been here since 06 as well, understand that bess' inbox is a national treasure, and feel that there is no such thing as a stale meme.

  76. Posted by Guest | November 10, 2011 at 3:49 PM

    Honors college at PSU is pretty competitive.

    - Guy who doesn't get the bigger picture of the argument

  77. Posted by PMCO/1+(1-Tc)x(D/E) | November 10, 2011 at 3:50 PM

    Yes but he benches 400lbs.

  78. Posted by Guest | November 10, 2011 at 3:53 PM

    Having read a few of your comments over the past few days, I'd imagine that in person you either resemble Ogre from Revenge of the Nerds or McLovin.