Bernie Sanders knows a good meal deal when he sees one. The famously frugal Vermont senator went out on New Year’s Eve in New York, but he wasn’t exactly tossing back glasses of Champagne at 1 OAK. Sanders and his wife, Jane, had an early meal at Downtown Manhattan beer hall Clinton Hall, where, Page Six says, they spent only $16 on a meal of chicken wings, tea, and coffee.
Per Page Six, the senator and his wife chowed down at the very practical time of 4:30 p.m., safely several hours before any party really gets started. But despite the timing of this early-bird meal, millennials were still flocking about (it is a beer hall) and snapping photos of their man Bernie.
His supporters couldn’t have been too surprised to see him at a beer hall instead of chowing down at a high-priced, overcrowded, stuffy Manhattan establishment. After all, this is the man who told Seth Meyers that he used to cook food over toilet paper to save money.
The Brooklyn native, who was in town for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s second inauguration on Monday, reportedly spent the rest of the night exactly the way most New Yorkers would not: watching the ball drop in Times Square on one of the most frigid New Year’s Eves to ever hit New York. But when you only spend $16 on dinner, the evening’s budget still has ample room for some hand warmers.
This story originally appeared on Vanity Fair.
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