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Michael’s New York: The Power Lunch

November 13, 2009

Guests enjoy lunch in the main dining room beneath print by David Hockney.

More than a restaurant, Michael’s has become a unique community in the heart of midtown Manhattan. Breakfast and lunch feel like high-powered parties, where everyone seems to know everyone.

One recent day, from the vantage point of a seat at the bar, you could watch high-profile movers and shakers from the worlds of publishing, television, film, music, business, politics, and finance pour through the door, all greeted by Michael like old friends, which they are.

As lunch progresses, people get up from their tables to say hello to their friends and colleagues. Michael works the floor like the pro he is. General Manager Steve Millington has the staff motivated big time to provide the best service possible.  Somm Seth Liebman helps everyone choose the right wine pairings for their meals. Everyone smiles and catches up on news and gossip. More than a few deals, no doubt, get made.

What a scene! As author and editor Jesse Kornbluth, a Michael’s regular and friend, has observed, “Michael’s is the grown-up equivalent of the junior high school luncheonette you went to after school. There they are, in their self-assigned seats: the football captain and the prom queen, the newspaper editor and the leading actors. And, in the back, the bright kid doing homework with the girl in glasses. That’s Michael’s.”

Or, as Michael himsel likes to say, “Great food. Great people. Great party.”

Check out the who’s who daily at Michael’s NY Twitter.

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