Living: Sour Grapes in the Big Apple

Restaurant patrons are forbidden to carry in their own wine

Even for a town given to loud arguments over potholes and Billy Martin, the latest squabble in New York City seemed frivolous. To some, it became known as the Great Brown-Bagging Controversy. But to others, it looked more like a tempest in a wine cooler. It all began with an innocent New York Times story about 16 restaurants that permitted patrons to bring in their own wine. In Manhattan, where a $5 bottle of wine can cost $15 in a moderately priced restaurant, many customers...

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