New York’s 2017 Energy Eating Scene: The place George Clooney, Harrison Ford and Emma Stone Collect
The Obamas and Stephen Colbert are regulars at Carbone in downtown NYC, while Julianne Moore, Jay Z and Brett Ratner prefer Indochine. CBS Chairman Leslie Moonves acknowledges that Michael is still “great when you want to see and be seen”.
In the high-stakes kitchen Thunderdome This is New York’s power dining scene. It is notoriously difficult to predict which promising competitors might burn hot and bubbly and which will maintain steady boiling. But The Grill, slated to reopen next week in the iconic Four Season area, is as close as possible to a sure thing. With his polished rosewood, his polished brass and his decor updated, the room where 50 years of power lunches took place has been redefined Mid century American Chophouse by Jeff ZalaznickMario Carbones and rich Torrisi, the trio behind it Carbones and dirty French. “It’s a restored version of the original,” he says Zalaznick. “The whole idea was to revive this place for the next 50 years, to revive it for both the people who have been coming here for years and the people who have never been before.” In the inner city meanwhile the supersova of the red sauce of the trio Carbones is hotter than ever, with a cast of regulars including Stephen Colbert, Seth Meyers, Taylor Swift, Chelsea Clinton, and George Amal Clooney and Jay Z and Beyonce. Barack and Michelle Obama go and only take every time they’re in town Malia last month (the former president had the lamb chops).
But the toughest table in town title might be Le Hi there, Chef Daniel Rose’s softly lit love song for classic French cuisine in To Rosens 11 Howard Hotel, the Jean-Georges Pre-judging describes as “one of the nicest restaurants in New York” for years. Since his debut last summer, the James Beard finalist for Best New Restaurant has drawn a steady parade of brave admirers – Henry Kissinger, Arianna Huffington, Calvin Klein, Michael Bloomberg, Brad Pitt and Emma Stone. “The restaurant is architecturally beautiful,” says Sony Music Entertainment legend Clive Davis. “And you can actually hear everyone at your table!”
To the north on Lafayette Indochine“is forever a place in New York,” says designer Diane Von Furstenbergwho has thrown many dinners under his iconic palm fronds. “It’s as hot now as in the ‘80s. “The sexy French-Vietnamese restaurant is less formal and no problem for a table standby for industry people like Julianne Moore, Ethan Hawke, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jennifer Connelly, Jake Gyllenhall, Harvey Weinstein, Kevin HuvaneBryan Heavyboard Ratner and trust. Owner Jean-Marc Houmard Credits Indochines implausible stamina partly for lighting. “The people look good in the room,” he laughs.
The billionaire moved upwards in the direction of 77 .. Street and Madison Avenue, the city block with perhaps the largest concentration of power restaurants in the world. International art dealer Larry Gagosians Kappo time has 82 seats, no windows, and sushi that is known to cause heart palpitations (for the prices) – but that doesn’t put Vera Wang or Woody Allen off. Next door, Jean-Georges’ The Mark shares the same high tension, and across the street, Carlyle Restaurant is a consistently chic insider den. The core is rounded off by Sant Ambroeuswho remains one of the Club beast Stalwarts of the city’s elite like Harrison Ford and Lenny Kravitz. “Everyone who is famous eats at the special table in the corner,” says an Upper East Side screenwriter. “Tom Brady and Giselle were only there last week.” You might also run into Kelly at the Polo Bar, which is closer to Midtown Ripa and Michael Caine like you are Showtime Chairman Matt Blank. And of course there are always the classics. “When I’m in New York, it’s Le Bernardin or 21 for lunch, “says CBS chairman Les Moonves. “And Michael is still great if you want to see and be seen.”
For Pete Holmes, the creator and star of HBO’s Crashing, it is father. Or more precisely, father with its executive producer Judd Apatow. “When you film with Judd, you go to some really good restaurants,” says Holmes. “I’m vegan and it’s impossible to be vegan when you’re with Judd because they are just starting to bring everything out,” he says of his recent experience at the meat-rich Italian restaurant. “So I’m in a situation where I think, ‘It’s already there, maybe there is some cheese on it,’ but I have to eat it. You don’t want to be an asshole, so you eat whatever Mario Batali sent out. “
Of course, the city is still a city that drinks a lot of electricity, which is why many of the above head up the hidden stairs outside after dinner Cipriani Downtown to the revitalized Socialist, New York nightlife’s best kept secret. The exclusive Havana-inspired hideaway on the second floor seats about 100 people and is only open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, but if you are not Alessandra AmbrosioLeonardo DiCaprio, Sting or Rihanna, your chances of getting past Nell’s veteran Jessica Rosenblums Velvet ropes are light. “People feel just as comfortable here in black ties as they do in ripped jeans,” he says Rose flower, the original producer of Puff Daddy’s White Party. “And they actually sit and talk. Nobody shows their bottles. There are no sparklers.”
A version of this story first appeared in the April 13th issue of Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.