It has been 20 years since “American Psycho” was published. Ten, since the movie adaptation, with Christian Bale as the eerie personification of Patrick Bateman, a homicidal M.&A. banker, was in theaters. But that doesn’t mean that the financiers who hold the work up as a cultural touchstone can eat where Bateman did.
That’s partly because the book’s author, Brett Easton Ellis, made up some of the locations, including the infamous Dorsia, a restaurant whose exclusivity caused Bateman endless pain. But Mr. Ellis was known to throw in brand names to lend his books a frisson of reality, and that means that real-life locations like the nightclubs Tunnel and Canal Bar graced the pages of “American Psycho.” Some of the locales, like the Harvard Club and 21, are around to this day, still catering to hotshot bankers and traders.
Now the blog ScoutingNY has painstakingly compiled a list of the actual restaurants that Bateman reels off to his associates, his banker coworkers and, occasionally, his purported murder victims. ScoutingNY even lists the places that have sprung up where some of the once-hot establishments once stood. So yes, that celebrity-packed restaurant is now a showroom for high-end baby strollers. We’ve gone an extra step and mapped out the locations, so you can see just where Bateman’s travels would have taken him. Yes, even to First Avenue on the Upper East Side.
By MICHAEL J. DE LA MERCED
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