Where the 35 Most Powerful People in Media Eat in NYC
Until hot new restaurant Polo Bar opens for lunch ("Consider this a subtle nudge!" says 'Today's' Hoda Kotb), those on THR's list are sticking with these established spots.
This story first appeared in the April 24 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
● The Four Seasons Grill Room
99 East 52nd St.
"I usually eat at my desk or at the executive dining room here in the building," says Fox News CEO Roger Ailes. "I go to The Four Seasons Grill Room if it's an important lunch or if it's Mort Zuckerman, which is not important. But Mort and I are friends, so I go there with Mort."
80 Spring St.
Keith McNally's SoHo brasserie draws digital players like Vox's Lockhart Steele as well as such stars as David and Victoria Beckham and recently made headlines when its 10-by-15-foot decorative mirror fell onto a political patron (former French Minister of Industrial Renewal Arnaud Montebourg — who emerged with only a minor head wound).
● Del Frisco's
50 Rockefeller Plaza
"Anything close to my office at 30 Rock so that I don't have to waste any time traveling," says Morning Joe's Mika Brzezinski of her preferred lunch plan. "We typically go to Del Frisco's Steakhouse, Michael's or The Four Seasons."
● Soho House New York
29 9th Ave.
The West Hollywood outpost routinely tops THR's list of L.A. power lunch destinations, and the Meatpacking District location also is a midday draw for a mix of tech staffers and industry execs (A+E Networks CEO Nancy Dubuc and Daily News editor-in-chief Colin Myler recently broke bread there).
24 West 55th St.
The consummate New York power scene — snack before you go because you'll spend the lunch hour schmoozing with Hoda Kotb and many more of the influencers on this list, plus such industry execs as NBCUniversal's Bonnie Hammer and IAC's Barry Diller and many more.
● Lambs Club
132 West 44th St.
"It's sleek and sophisticated, and they serve great food," says Gayle King of the midtown spot housed in The Chatwal hotel — both opened in 2010 — where Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian presides. "You can't beat a corner booth."
● The 21 Club
21 West 52nd St.
The granddaddy of them all, opened in 1930, 21 is a stop for Ailes and a dizzying array of politicos (Bill Clinton, Laura Bush), moguls (Bill and Melinda Gates), sports figures (Joe Torre, Chris Evert) and quintessential New York characters (Alec Baldwin).