Keith McNally

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Keith McNally
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McNally in 1969
Known forRestaurant founder

Keith McNally is a New York City restaurateur. The New York Times has referred to him as "The Restaurateur Who Invented Downtown."[1] McNally has been active in the New York City restaurant scene since the 1980s. In that time, he has opened several restaurants. These include Augustine, Balthazar, Cafe Luxembourg, Cherche Midi, Lucky Strike, Minetta Tavern, Morandi, Nell's, Odeon, Pastis, Pravda, and Schiller's.[2] Frank Bruni awarded three stars to Minetta Tavern in 2009.[3]

McNally was born into a working-class family in Bethnal Green, London. He is the son of Joyce and Jack McNally. His father Jack was an amateur boxer and docker.[4] His brother, Brian McNally, is also a restaurateur in New York.[1] His first wife, Lynn Wagenknecht, is also a restaurateur.[1]

McNally has faced controversy on Twitter and in print for his full-throated support on Instagram of Woody Allen in the aftermath of the documentary series "Allen v Farrow" and his equally supportive posts about Ghislaine Maxwell of Jeffrey Epstein fame.

McNally was a member of the original London cast of Alan Bennett's play Forty Years On in 1968 playing the part of Macilwaine. One of his children (with Wagenknecht) is actress Isabelle McNally.[5]


  1. ^ a b c "The Restaurateur Who Invented Downtown - New York Times". The New York Times. 2004-01-18. Retrieved 2016-12-28.
  2. ^ Sifton, Sam (2010-05-04). "The Bowery Through Keith McNally's Lens -". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-02-02.
  3. ^ Bruni, Frank (2009-05-19). "The Minetta Tavern Is Back -". The New York Times. Greenwich Village (NYC);New York City. Retrieved 2012-02-02.
  4. ^ Jenkins, Allan (16 February 2013). "Just another quiet night out for Keith McNally". Retrieved 21 June 2019.
  5. ^ Barbuti, Angela (10 January 2014). "Isabelle McNally, Jonah Hill's Girlfriend: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know". Retrieved 21 June 2019.