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Tom Brokaw and the Inside Track From New York's Democratic National Committeeman - Posted June 25, 2014
It was business as usual at Michael's today as the regulars (Jerry Inzerillo, William Lauder) packed the dining room before the summer vacation season kicks off next week. Plenty of heads... [GalleyCat]

Tom Brokaw and the Inside Track From New York's Democratic National Committeeman - Posted June 25, 2014
It was business as usual at Michael's today as the regulars (Jerry Inzerillo, William Lauder) packed the dining room before the summer vacation season kicks off next week. Plenty of heads... [Fishbowl NY]

Tom Brokaw and the Inside Track From New York's Democratic National Committeeman - Posted June 25, 2014
It was business as usual at Michael's today as the regulars (Jerry Inzerillo, William Lauder) packed the dining room before the summer vacation season kicks off next week. Plenty of heads... [FishbowlNY]

Kerry Kennedy, David Zinczenko and Exclusive Dish From Monica Lewinsky's New PR Guru - Posted June 18, 2014
We missed all the big doings on Monday when President Bill Clinton was at Michael's for a private lunch in the Garden Room and stuck around to press the flesh in the dining room on his way out the door. Oh well, next time. Today, the usual suspects were, as usual,... [GalleyCat]

Kerry Kennedy, David Zinczenko and Exclusive Dish From Monica Lewinsky's New PR Guru - Posted June 18, 2014
We missed all the big doings on Monday when President Bill Clinton was at Michael's for a private lunch in the Garden Room and stuck around to press the flesh in the dining room on his way out the door. Oh well, next time. Today, the usual suspects were, as usual,... [Fishbowl NY]

Kerry Kennedy, David Zinczenko and Exclusive Dish From Monica Lewinsky's New PR Guru - Posted June 18, 2014
We missed all the big doings on Monday when President Bill Clinton was at Michael's for a private lunch in the Garden Room and stuck around to press the flesh in the dining room on his way out the door. Oh well, next time. Today, the usual suspects were, as usual,... [FishbowlNY]

Harvey Weinstein, Ron Meyer and the Secrets of Sheryl Sandberg's Media Coach - Posted June 11, 2014
It was the usual mix of moguls on the menu (Harvey Weinstein and Ron Meyer at Table Four), seasoned with a smattering of stylistas, social types and a gener... [GalleyCat]

Harvey Weinstein, Ron Meyer and the Secrets of Sheryl Sandberg's Media Coach - Posted June 11, 2014
It was the usual mix of moguls on the menu (Harvey Weinstein and Ron Meyer at Table Four), seasoned with a smattering of stylistas, social types and a gener... [Fishbowl NY]

Harvey Weinstein, Ron Meyer and the Secrets of Sheryl Sandberg's Media Coach - Posted June 11, 2014
It was the usual mix of moguls on the menu (Harvey Weinstein and Ron Meyer at Table Four), seasoned with a smattering of stylistas, social types and a gener... [FishbowlNY]

George Lucas and Joan Hamburg's Next Act I David Zaslav at The Mirror Awards - Posted June 4, 2014
Our weekly lunches at Michael's always deliver plenty of star power and today was no exception. When I arrived a little before noon, I was followed in the door by none other than George Lucas, who, I'm told, happened to be walking by the res... [GalleyCat]

George Lucas and Joan Hamburg's Next Act I David Zaslav at The Mirror Awards - Posted June 4, 2014
Our weekly lunches at Michael's always deliver plenty of star power and today was no exception. When I arrived a little before noon, I was followed in the door by none other than George Lucas, who, I'm told, happened to be walking by the res... [Fishbowl NY]

George Lucas and Joan Hamburg's Next Act I David Zaslav at The Mirror Awards - Posted June 4, 2014
Our weekly lunches at Michael's always deliver plenty of star power and today was no exception. When I arrived a little before noon, I was followed in the door by none other than George Lucas, who, I'm told, happened to be walking by the res... [FishbowlNY]

Art Garfunkel and Good Housekeeping's Campaign to End Childhood Hunger - Posted May 28, 2014
There wasn't much that could top last week's head-spinning celebrity scene at Michael's, so today was pretty quiet by comparison except for the random appearance of Art Garfunkel. I guess I could have asked him about Paul Simon's recent trip to a Connecticut courtroom and perhaps gotten him... [GalleyCat]

Sigourney Weaver, Howell Raines and Barbara Walters Enjoying Semi-Retirement - Posted May 21, 2014
There are Wednesdays at Michael's and then there are Wednesday's at Michael's. Today was one of those days. I could hardly keep up with the steady stream of famous faces that sailed past my table and made for some of the best people watching at 55th and Fifth in a long... [GalleyCat]

Sigourney Weaver, Howell Raines and Barbara Walters Enjoying Semi-Retirement - Posted May 21, 2014
There are Wednesdays at Michael's and then there are Wednesday's at Michael's. Today was one of those days. I could hardly keep up with the steady stream of famous faces that sailed past my table and made for some of the best people watching at 55th and Fifth in a long... [Fishbowl NY]

Sigourney Weaver, Howell Raines and Barbara Walters Enjoying Semi-Retirement - Posted May 21, 2014
There are Wednesdays at Michael's and then there are Wednesday's at Michael's. Today was one of those days. I could hardly keep up with the steady stream of famous faces that sailed past my table and made for some of the best people watching at 55th and Fifth in a long... [FishbowlNY]

Vanessa Williams, Senator Chris Dodd and Carlos Falchi on His Encounter With Jackie O - Posted May 14, 2014
They don't call this "Upfront Week" for nothing. It was clear from the SRO dining room at Michael's today everyone who's anyone (at least among certain circles) wanted to be up front at 55th and Fifth. Of course, this delicate dance was pulled off with aplomb by the clever and infinitely... [GalleyCat]

Star Jones, Donny Deutsch and the Skinny on Wacoal's Sexy New Ad Campaign - Posted April 23, 2014
As Wednesdays at Michael's go, it was a relatively quiet scene at 55th and Fifth today, but the joint was still jam packed with the usual suspects doing their power lunch thing. You know who they are by now, but your intrepid Lunch columnist is here to serve: ... [GalleyCat]

Star Jones, Donny Deutsch and the Skinny on Wacoal's Sexy New Ad Campaign - Posted April 23, 2014
As Wednesdays at Michael's go, it was a relatively quiet scene at 55th and Fifth today, but the joint was still jam packed with the usual suspects doing their power lunch thing. You know who they are by now, but your intrepid Lunch columnist is here to serve: ... [Fishbowl NY]

Star Jones, Donny Deutsch and the Skinny on Wacoal's Sexy New Ad Campaign - Posted April 23, 2014
As Wednesdays at Michael's go, it was a relatively quiet scene at 55th and Fifth today, but the joint was still jam packed with the usual suspects doing their power lunch thing. You know who they are by now, but your intrepid Lunch columnist is here to serve: ... [FishbowlNY]

Michael Strahan, Maria Shriver and Dishing With LuAnn de Lesseps - Posted April 2, 2014
Another Wednesday, another "Bravolebrity." For the final leg of this month's reality-show trifecta, I was joined today by LuAnn de Lesseps (the "Countess" to you), fresh off her trip to Chicago for an appearance on The Steve Harvey S... [Fishbowl NY]

Michael Strahan, Maria Shriver and Dishing With LuAnn de Lesseps - Posted April 2, 2014
Another Wednesday, another "Bravolebrity." For the final leg of this month's reality-show trifecta, I was joined today by LuAnn de Lesseps (the "Countess" to you), fresh off her trip to Chicago for an appearance on The Steve Harvey S... [FishbowlNY]

Bette Milder, Al Roker & Bravo's Bickering Brokers From Million Dollar Listing New York - Posted March 26, 2014
When it comes to Bravo's ever-expanding slate of reality stars, it's hard to keep the players straight without a scorecard. Between the Housewives, hipsters and wannabe singers, few have retained more than a few seasons of fame (or infamy) outside the realm of their melodramatic universe give or take a few... [GalleyCat]

Bette Milder, Al Roker & Bravo's Bickering Brokers From Million Dollar Listing New York - Posted March 26, 2014
When it comes to Bravo's ever-expanding slate of reality stars, it's hard to keep the players straight without a scorecard. Between the Housewives, hipsters and wannabe singers, few have retained more than a few seasons of fame (or infamy) outside the realm of their melodramatic universe give or take a few... [Fishbowl NY]

Bette Milder, Al Roker & Bravo's Bickering Brokers From Million Dollar Listing New York - Posted March 26, 2014
When it comes to Bravo's ever-expanding slate of reality stars, it's hard to keep the players straight without a scorecard. Between the Housewives, hipsters and wannabe singers, few have retained more than a few seasons of fame (or infamy) outside the realm of their melodramatic universe give or take a few... [FishbowlNY]

Carole Radziwill on Her New Book and Dueling With Bravo's Delusional Diva - Posted March 19, 2014
When I first made my date to have lunch with Carole Radziwill some time ago, I was looking forward to talking to her about her first novel, The Widow's Guid... [GalleyCat]

Carole Radziwill on Her New Book and Dueling With Bravo's Delusional Diva - Posted March 19, 2014
When I first made my date to have lunch with Carole Radziwill some time ago, I was looking forward to talking to her about her first novel, The Widow's Guid... [Fishbowl NY]

Carole Radziwill on Her New Book and Dueling With Bravo's Delusional Diva - Posted March 19, 2014
When I first made my date to have lunch with Carole Radziwill some time ago, I was looking forward to talking to her about her first novel, The Widow's Guid... [FishbowlNY]

Laurie Dhue, Harold Ford and the Man Who Once Ruled Primetime - Posted March 12, 2014
We're serving up a low-cal version of "Lunch" today because the catastrophic events in Harlem kept us from doing our scheduled interview at the appointed hour. Despite the transportation disruptions in and around the city, it was business as usual for the mavens, moguls and strivers who turned up at Michael's... [Fishbowl NY]

Laurie Dhue, Harold Ford and the Man Who Once Ruled Primetime - Posted March 12, 2014
We're serving up a low-cal version of "Lunch" today because the catastrophic events in Harlem kept us from doing our scheduled interview at the appointed hour. Despite the transportation disruptions in and around the city, it was business as usual for the mavens, moguls and strivers who turned up at Michael's... [FishbowlNY]

Elizabeth Vargas, Harold Ford and the Latest on The Matrix Awards - Posted March 5, 2014
I was joined today by Liz Kaplow, president and CEO of the eponymous marketing communications firm she started in 1991. Kaplow's client list is full of industry leaders, including Target, Unilever, Timex, CVS and Laura Mercier. I'v... [GalleyCat]

Elizabeth Vargas, Harold Ford and the Latest on The Matrix Awards - Posted March 5, 2014
I was joined today by Liz Kaplow, president and CEO of the eponymous marketing communications firm she started in 1991. Kaplow's client list is full of industry leaders, including Target, Unilever, Timex, CVS and Laura Mercier. I'v... [Fishbowl NY]

Elizabeth Vargas, Harold Ford and the Latest on The Matrix Awards - Posted March 5, 2014
I was joined today by Liz Kaplow, president and CEO of the eponymous marketing communications firm she started in 1991. Kaplow's client list is full of industry leaders, including Target, Unilever, Timex, CVS and Laura Mercier. I'v... [FishbowlNY]

A Conversation with Robert De Niro's Film Archivist | New Dish on Gone With The Wind - Posted February 19, 2014
I was joined today by my good friend 'Mayor' Joe Armstrong who I first met (where else?) in this very dining room seven years ago. Joe has introduced me to countless interesting folks over the years including ... [Fishbowl NY]

A Conversation with Robert De Niro's Film Archivist | New Dish on Gone With The Wind - Posted February 19, 2014
I was joined today by my good friend 'Mayor' Joe Armstrong who I first met (where else?) in this very dining room seven years ago. Joe has introduced me to countless interesting folks over the years including ... [FishbowlNY]

David Zaslav, John Sykes, Susan Spencer and the Dish on What Bill Clinton Did Last Night - Posted February 12, 2014
It turns out the third time was the charm for my long-delayed lunch with Woman's Day EIC Susan Spencer. Having been kept away from Michael's first by the onset of the polar vortex and then, a few weeks later, by the snowstorm of th... [GalleyCat]

Bonnie Fuller, Jill Zarin and Why Jeff Greenfield Skipped This Year's State of the Union Address - Posted January 29, 2014
You'd never know hell had officially frozen over if you'd been at Michael's today. The forsythias were in bloom, a few intrepid media mavens were barelegged (I kid you not) and the power-lunch scene was firing on all cylinders. Unfortunately, my date was detained in the studio shooting a popular television... [GalleyCat]

Matt Lauer and Joan Rivers Do Christmas in January | Catching Up With Anne Fulenwider - Posted January 15, 2014
It must have been the summer-like temperatures (well, it was above freezing) that brought out plenty of media mavens (Frank Bennack, David Carey, ... [Fishbowl NY]

Matt Lauer and Joan Rivers Do Christmas in January | Catching Up With Anne Fulenwider - Posted January 15, 2014
It must have been the summer-like temperatures (well, it was above freezing) that brought out plenty of media mavens (Frank Bennack, David Carey, ... [FishbowlNY]

Exclusive! The First Interview With Dr. Oz on His New Hearst Title - Posted January 8, 2014
We understand that the deadline for Oscar voters to send in their ballots is today, but we're still more than a little miffed that we missed seeing Leonardo DiCaprio, Bruce Dern and Richard Gere by a day. A little birdie told us Paramount threw a schmoozefest in the middle ... [AllTwitter]

Exclusive! The First Interview With Dr. Oz on His New Hearst Title - Posted January 8, 2014
We understand that the deadline for Oscar voters to send in their ballots is today, but we're still more than a little miffed that we missed seeing Leonardo DiCaprio, Bruce Dern and Richard Gere by a day. A little birdie told us Paramount threw a schmoozefest in the middle ... [Fishbowl NY]

Exclusive! The First Interview With Dr. Oz on His New Hearst Title - Posted January 8, 2014
We understand that the deadline for Oscar voters to send in their ballots is today, but we're still more than a little miffed that we missed seeing Leonardo DiCaprio, Bruce Dern and Richard Gere by a day. A little birdie told us Paramount threw a schmoozefest in the middle ... [FishbowlNY]

Last Lunch of the Year: Huma Abedin, Rikki Klieman and the Media Mob - Posted December 18, 2013
The artic temperatures and snow (It's not even Christmas and we're over it already!) couldn't keep the faithful from 55th and Fifth today as the towncar set squeezed in the last Wednesday power lunch of 2013. The usual contingent of media mavens (... [Fishbowl NY]

Last Lunch of the Year: Huma Abedin, Rikki Klieman and the Media Mob - Posted December 18, 2013
The artic temperatures and snow (It's not even Christmas and we're over it already!) couldn't keep the faithful from 55th and Fifth today as the towncar set squeezed in the last Wednesday power lunch of 2013. The usual contingent of media mavens (... [FishbowlNY]

'The Cosmo 100' With Joanna Coles and the Wednesday Celebrity Scene - Posted December 11, 2013
As devoted as we are to covering the Fellini-esque scene that is Wednesdays at Michael's, we do occasionally break tradition and report the news from 55th and Fifth on other days of the week when we're invited to especially dishy lunches with A-listers. Monday's head-spinning gathering of the "Cosmo 100" hosted... [GalleyCat]

Norm Pearlstine Networks With Bonnie Fuller - Posted December 4, 2013
We're going to file this week's lunch in under 'The more things change, the more they stay the same.' Aside from a dining room full of the usual Wednesdays at Michael's suspects, comprised of moguls (Barry Diller), media mavens (... [Fishbowl NY]

Norm Pearlstine Networks With Bonnie Fuller - Posted December 4, 2013
We're going to file this week's lunch in under 'The more things change, the more they stay the same.' Aside from a dining room full of the usual Wednesdays at Michael's suspects, comprised of moguls (Barry Diller), media mavens (... [FishbowlNY]

Tales From a True Downton Abbey Thoroughbred - Posted November 20, 2013
After being felled by a brutal bug (which I picked up in my doctor's office while waiting for my flu shot) last week, I was glad to be back at 55th and Fifth today where I embarked on the second leg of my own personal trifecta of reporting on every aspect... [GalleyCat]

Tales From a True Downton Abbey Thoroughbred - Posted November 20, 2013
After being felled by a brutal bug (which I picked up in my doctor's office while waiting for my flu shot) last week, I was glad to be back at 55th and Fifth today where I embarked on the second leg of my own personal trifecta of reporting on every aspect... [Fishbowl NY]

Tales From a True Downton Abbey Thoroughbred - Posted November 20, 2013
After being felled by a brutal bug (which I picked up in my doctor's office while waiting for my flu shot) last week, I was glad to be back at 55th and Fifth today where I embarked on the second leg of my own personal trifecta of reporting on every aspect... [FishbowlNY]

Walter Isaacson, Barry Diller and Dylan Lauren Go Hollywood - Posted October 30, 2013
It was the usual head-spinning scene at Michael's today as the decibel level rose to epic levels in every corner of the dining room throughout lunch. But all was tranquil (at least for the moment) when I arrived shortly before noon. There, I was greeted with the sight of two minions... [GalleyCat]

Walter Isaacson, Barry Diller and Dylan Lauren Go Hollywood - Posted October 30, 2013
It was the usual head-spinning scene at Michael's today as the decibel level rose to epic levels in every corner of the dining room throughout lunch. But all was tranquil (at least for the moment) when I arrived shortly before noon. There, I was greeted with the sight of two minions... [Fishbowl NY]

Walter Isaacson, Barry Diller and Dylan Lauren Go Hollywood - Posted October 30, 2013
It was the usual head-spinning scene at Michael's today as the decibel level rose to epic levels in every corner of the dining room throughout lunch. But all was tranquil (at least for the moment) when I arrived shortly before noon. There, I was greeted with the sight of two minions... [FishbowlNY]

Paul Caine Sounds Off on Radio's Next Act - Posted October 16, 2013
It was wall-to-wall mavens and moguls at Michael's today with EICs of those swanky design books (Architectural Digest, House Beautiful and Veranda) holding court in one corner of the dining room (I guess living well really is the best revenge), while the usual bold-faced names and social swans exc... [Fishbowl NY]

Paul Caine Sounds Off on Radio's Next Act - Posted October 16, 2013
It was wall-to-wall mavens and moguls at Michael's today with EICs of those swanky design books (Architectural Digest, House Beautiful and Veranda) holding court in one corner of the dining room (I guess living well really is the best revenge), while the usual bold-faced names and social swans exc... [FishbowlNY]

John Catsimatidis and the Next Stop on Dave Zinczenko's World-Domination Tour - Posted October 9, 2013
We've met plenty of driven, multitasking folks in Michael's dining room over the years -- like this week's man of the hour David Zinczenko, who continues his quest for (media) world domination with his new book (read on). He was front a... [GalleyCat]

John Catsimatidis and the Next Stop on Dave Zinczenko's World-Domination Tour - Posted October 9, 2013
We've met plenty of driven, multitasking folks in Michael's dining room over the years -- like this week's man of the hour David Zinczenko, who continues his quest for (media) world domination with his new book (read on). He was front a... [Fishbowl NY]

John Catsimatidis and the Next Stop on Dave Zinczenko's World-Domination Tour - Posted October 9, 2013
We've met plenty of driven, multitasking folks in Michael's dining room over the years -- like this week's man of the hour David Zinczenko, who continues his quest for (media) world domination with his new book (read on). He was front a... [FishbowlNY]

Barry Diller, David Zaslav and the Exclusive on Star Jones' TV Plans - Posted October 2, 2013
It was business as usual at Michael's today, which means it was wall-to-wall moguls (Barry Diller, David Zaslav), EICs (... [Fishbowl NY]

Barry Diller, David Zaslav and the Exclusive on Star Jones' TV Plans - Posted October 2, 2013
It was business as usual at Michael's today, which means it was wall-to-wall moguls (Barry Diller, David Zaslav), EICs (... [FishbowlNY]

Joe Kernen, Andrew Ross Sorkin and the Skinny on Jessica Simpson's New Role at Weight Watchers - Posted September 25, 2013
Neither rain nor snow (not yet anyway) or a meltdown on Metro North's Connecticut line (don't ask!) can keep us from our appointed rounds on Wednesdays at Michael's. Who else would tell you which talking heads (Star Jones, ... [GalleyCat]

Joanna Coles, Wendy Williams and the Inside Story on the New JFK Book - Posted September 18, 2013
Forget about having to dig out a coat for the first time this season to ward off this morning's chilly temps, the real sign of fall here is that the power lunch scene is back in full swing at Michael's. Today the dining room was full of famous faces (... [GalleyCat]

Joanna Coles, Wendy Williams and the Inside Story on the New JFK Book - Posted September 18, 2013
Forget about having to dig out a coat for the first time this season to ward off this morning's chilly temps, the real sign of fall here is that the power lunch scene is back in full swing at Michael's. Today the dining room was full of famous faces (... [Fishbowl NY]

Joanna Coles, Wendy Williams and the Inside Story on the New JFK Book - Posted September 18, 2013
Forget about having to dig out a coat for the first time this season to ward off this morning's chilly temps, the real sign of fall here is that the power lunch scene is back in full swing at Michael's. Today the dining room was full of famous faces (... [FishbowlNY]

David Zinczenko, Jack Kliger and The Man Most Unlikely to Wind Up at Michael's - Posted September 11, 2013
As faithful readers know, we endeavor to give our rundown of the movers and shakers who show up at Michael's every Wednesday a cheeky spin so as not to take ourselves too seriously about the whole power lunch thing. Today, aside from the obvious reason not to make light of an... [Fishbowl NY]

David Zinczenko, Jack Kliger and The Man Most Unlikely to Wind Up at Michael's - Posted September 11, 2013
As faithful readers know, we endeavor to give our rundown of the movers and shakers who show up at Michael's every Wednesday a cheeky spin so as not to take ourselves too seriously about the whole power lunch thing. Today, aside from the obvious reason not to make light of an... [FishbowlNY]

David Pecker Holds Court; David Zaslav Jumps the Shark - Posted July 31, 2013
It's been a head-spinning summer of celebrity sightings and media maven mashups at 55th and Fifth, but today at Michael's the mogul quotient was completely off the charts. I knew it was going to be one of those days when Discovery Communications honcho David Za... [GalleyCat]

David Zaslav, David Zinczenko and the Next Big Name in Fashion - Posted July 17, 2013
On any given Wednesday, the Michael's dining room is chock full of moguls (David Zaslav, David Zinczenko) and mavens largely known to faithful readers of this co... [GalleyCat]

John Sykes, Tommy Hilfiger and a Real-Life Warrior Princess - Posted June 26, 2013
As the faithful readers of this column already know, lunch at Michael's is never really just about lunch, but it is (usually) a lot of fun. And today was no exception. I was invited to join a 'girl's lunch' for author Mindy Budgor hosted by ... [Fishbowl NY]

John Sykes, Tommy Hilfiger and a Real-Life Warrior Princess - Posted June 26, 2013
As the faithful readers of this column already know, lunch at Michael's is never really just about lunch, but it is (usually) a lot of fun. And today was no exception. I was invited to join a 'girl's lunch' for author Mindy Budgor hosted by ... [FishbowlNY]

Jann Wenner's Father-Son Pow Wow and Moguls on the Menu - Posted June 19, 2013
After weeks of Wednesdays full of Hollywood heavyweights (culminating in our Table One sit-down with Mitch Glazer and Kelly Lynch last week) there were more moguls (William Lauder, Jimmy Finkelstein) than celebrities ... [Fishbowl NY]

Jann Wenner's Father-Son Pow Wow and Moguls on the Menu - Posted June 19, 2013
After weeks of Wednesdays full of Hollywood heavyweights (culminating in our Table One sit-down with Mitch Glazer and Kelly Lynch last week) there were more moguls (William Lauder, Jimmy Finkelstein) than celebrities ... [FishbowlNY]

Mitch Glazer and Kelly Lynch on Magic City's Second Season - Posted June 12, 2013
It's been a sizzling spring season at Michael's with plenty of celebs (Isabella Rossellini, Naomi Campbell and Tony Goldwyn to name a few) breaking bread with us over lunch, but today's dine and dish session was one for the books. Joining me for an exclusive chat were screenwriter/director ... [Fishbowl NY]

Mitch Glazer and Kelly Lynch on Magic City's Second Season - Posted June 12, 2013
It's been a sizzling spring season at Michael's with plenty of celebs (Isabella Rossellini, Naomi Campbell and Tony Goldwyn to name a few) breaking bread with us over lunch, but today's dine and dish session was one for the books. Joining me for an exclusive chat were screenwriter/director ... [FishbowlNY]

A Rodale Refugee Reunion; Christine Lahti Penning a Memoir? - Posted June 5, 2013
As faithful readers of this column know, in the meta media universe that is Wednesdays at Michael's, there is no end to the way fellow diners are connected. I was joined today by Liz Vaccariello, editor-in-chief and chief content officer of Reader's Digest and ... [Fishbowl NY]

A Rodale Refugee Reunion; Christine Lahti Penning a Memoir? - Posted June 5, 2013
As faithful readers of this column know, in the meta media universe that is Wednesdays at Michael's, there is no end to the way fellow diners are connected. I was joined today by Liz Vaccariello, editor-in-chief and chief content officer of Reader's Digest and ... [FishbowlNY]

Bravo 'Newlyweds' Alaska and Kim Dish on Reality TV Instafame - Posted May 15, 2013
While it was a bit more subdued than usual at Michael's today with some of the glitterati off to Cannes and a few others up in Greenwich watching Prince Harry play polo (our invite must have gotten lost in the mail), the usual mix of editors (Anne Fulenwider... [FishbowlLA]

Bravo 'Newlyweds' Alaska and Kim Dish on Reality TV Instafame - Posted May 15, 2013
While it was a bit more subdued than usual at Michael's today with some of the glitterati off to Cannes and a few others up in Greenwich watching Prince Harry play polo (our invite must have gotten lost in the mail), the usual mix of editors (Anne Fulenwider... [Fishbowl NY]

Bravo 'Newlyweds' Alaska and Kim Dish on Reality TV Instafame - Posted May 15, 2013
While it was a bit more subdued than usual at Michael's today with some of the glitterati off to Cannes and a few others up in Greenwich watching Prince Harry play polo (our invite must have gotten lost in the mail), the usual mix of editors (Anne Fulenwider... [FishbowlNY]

David Zinczenko on His New 'High-Profile Life' and the Real Story Behind His Leaving Rodale - Posted May 8, 2013
I've been looking forward to today's Michael's lunch for quite a while. David Zinczenko, who I met in this very dining room many years ago, was joining me with his business partner Stephen Perrine... [FishbowlLA]

David Zinczenko on His New 'High-Profile Life' and the Real Story Behind His Leaving Rodale - Posted May 8, 2013
I've been looking forward to today's Michael's lunch for quite a while. David Zinczenko, who I met in this very dining room many years ago, was joining me with his business partner Stephen Perrine... [Fishbowl NY]

David Zinczenko on His New 'High-Profile Life' and the Real Story Behind His Leaving Rodale - Posted May 8, 2013
I've been looking forward to today's Michael's lunch for quite a while. David Zinczenko, who I met in this very dining room many years ago, was joining me with his business partner Stephen Perrine... [FishbowlNY]

Harvey Weinstein, Ali MacGraw and the Brains Behind Coffee With Tim Cook - Posted April 24, 2013
Where to begin? This week at 55th and Fifth, the scene in the dining room provided whiplash-inducing people watching with a tasty mix of moguls on the menu (Harvey Weinstein, Jimmy Finkelst... [FishbowlLA]

Harvey Weinstein, Ali MacGraw and the Brains Behind Coffee With Tim Cook - Posted April 24, 2013
Where to begin? This week at 55th and Fifth, the scene in the dining room provided whiplash-inducing people watching with a tasty mix of moguls on the menu (Harvey Weinstein, Jimmy Finkelst... [Fishbowl NY]

Harvey Weinstein, Ali MacGraw and the Brains Behind Coffee With Tim Cook - Posted April 24, 2013
Where to begin? This week at 55th and Fifth, the scene in the dining room provided whiplash-inducing people watching with a tasty mix of moguls on the menu (Harvey Weinstein, Jimmy Finkelst... [FishbowlNY]

Eliot Spitzer, a Party for Angela Cummings and the Story Behind the New Bernie Madoff Documentary - Posted April 10, 2013
In keeping with the usual head-spinning weekly scene that is Wednesdays at Michael's, the joint was jumping today. It was SRO in the front dining room and at the bar where producer Beverly Camhe was holding court with fellow producer ... [Fishbowl NY]

Eliot Spitzer, a Party for Angela Cummings and the Story Behind the New Bernie Madoff Documentary - Posted April 10, 2013
In keeping with the usual head-spinning weekly scene that is Wednesdays at Michael's, the joint was jumping today. It was SRO in the front dining room and at the bar where producer Beverly Camhe was holding court with fellow producer ... [FishbowlNY]

Matt Blank, Dennis Basso and the Story Behind Meghan McCain's Latest TV Project - Posted April 3, 2013
Last week, it was all about authors and agents, and today it was television titans' turn in the rotating cast of characters that is Wednesdays at Michael's. Tonight when Liz Smith hosts her annual kick-off for her Literacy Partners' initiative, the joint... [FishbowlLA]

Matt Blank, Dennis Basso and the Story Behind Meghan McCain's Latest TV Project - Posted April 3, 2013
Last week, it was all about authors and agents, and today it was television titans' turn in the rotating cast of characters that is Wednesdays at Michael's. Tonight when Liz Smith hosts her annual kick-off for her Literacy Partners' initiative, the joint... [Fishbowl NY]

Matt Blank, Dennis Basso and the Story Behind Meghan McCain's Latest TV Project - Posted April 3, 2013
Last week, it was all about authors and agents, and today it was television titans' turn in the rotating cast of characters that is Wednesdays at Michael's. Tonight when Liz Smith hosts her annual kick-off for her Literacy Partners' initiative, the joint... [FishbowlNY]

Willie Geist's Parenting Advice to Kanye West; Star Jones Celebrates a Birthday - Posted March 27, 2013
After the last few head-spinning Wednesdays at Michael's kept me ricocheting between Hollywood A-listers (Meg Ryan) and tabloid targets (Rachel Uchitel), it was something of a relief to turn my attention to the restaurant's core constituency of authors and their agents (remember books?) who have always viewed the dini... [Fishbowl NY]

Willie Geist's Parenting Advice to Kanye West; Star Jones Celebrates a Birthday - Posted March 27, 2013
After the last few head-spinning Wednesdays at Michael's kept me ricocheting between Hollywood A-listers (Meg Ryan) and tabloid targets (Rachel Uchitel), it was something of a relief to turn my attention to the restaurant's core constituency of authors and their agents (remember books?) who have always viewed the dini... [FishbowlNY]

The Truth About Rachel Uchitel's Tweet and A Birthday Party For Ed Rollins - Posted March 20, 2013
When it comes to Wednesdays at Michael's, the early bird might not always get the best table, but today it did land me something of a timely scoop. Some time before noon, I spotted Rachel Uchitel, the woman whose texts to Tiger Woods helped bring down th... [FishbowlLA]

The Truth About Rachel Uchitel's Tweet and a Birthday Party for Ed Rollins - Posted March 20, 2013
When it comes to Wednesdays at Michael's, the early bird might not always get the best table, but today it did land me something of a timely scoop. Some time before noon, I spotted Rachel Uchitel, the woman whose texts to Tiger Woods helped bring down the golf legend and launched... [Fishbowl NY]

The Truth About Rachel Uchitel's Tweet and a Birthday Party for Ed Rollins - Posted March 20, 2013
When it comes to Wednesdays at Michael's, the early bird might not always get the best table, but today it did land me something of a timely scoop. Some time before noon, I spotted Rachel Uchitel, the woman whose texts to Tiger Woods helped bring down the golf legend and launched... [FishbowlNY]

Meg Ryan and Judith Regan "Below the Radar" on Table One - Posted March 13, 2013
The spring power lunch season has officially begun at Michael's with plenty of famous faces and talking heads (Charles Grodin, Star Jones, ... [FishbowlLA]

Joe Kernen Settles a Bet, Plus the Return of Michael Wolff - Posted March 6, 2013
Threats of yet another winter storm (We're begging for mercy!) didn't keep the faithful from Michael's today. In fact, the dining room was even more crowded than usual as some of the city's biggest hot shots cooled their heels at the bar and in the lounge as they waited to be... [FishbowlLA]

Joe Kernen Settles a Bet, Plus the Return of Michael Wolff - Posted March 6, 2013
Threats of yet another winter storm (We're begging for mercy!) didn't keep the faithful from Michael's today. In fact, the dining room was even more crowded than usual as some of the city's biggest hot shots cooled their heels at the bar and in the lounge as they waited to be... [Fishbowl NY]

Joe Kernen Settles a Bet, Plus the Return of Michael Wolff - Posted March 6, 2013
Threats of yet another winter storm (We're begging for mercy!) didn't keep the faithful from Michael's today. In fact, the dining room was even more crowded than usual as some of the city's biggest hot shots cooled their heels at the bar and in the lounge as they waited to be... [FishbowlNY]

Mika Brzezinski, Miss USA and a Mysterious Stephen Baldwin Sighting - Posted February 27, 2013
Maybe it was today's dreadful weather (Will this winter from hell ever end?) or perhaps some boldface names can't bring themselves to leave the sunny West Coast after the Oscars, but the scene at Michael's today was pretty much a celebrity-free zone unless you count the random sighting of Stephen Baldwin.... [Fishbowl NY]

Mika Brzezinski, Miss USA and a Mysterious Stephen Baldwin Sighting - Posted February 27, 2013
Maybe it was today's dreadful weather (Will this winter from hell ever end?) or perhaps some boldface names can't bring themselves to leave the sunny West Coast after the Oscars, but the scene at Michael's today was pretty much a celebrity-free zone unless you count the random sighting of Stephen Baldwin.... [FishbowlNY]

Tory Burch's Ex Dines With Ron Perelman; Kelly Bensimon Goes Back to School - Posted February 20, 2013
As much as we'd like to, we can't deliver dish from Oscar winners (Shirley MacLaine) and supermodels (Naomi Campbell, Coco Rocha and Karolina Kurkova) every week. After a head-spinning cycle of chats with A-listers, the celebrity quotient at Michael's was of the l... [Fishbowl NY]

Tory Burch's Ex Dines With Ron Perelman; Kelly Bensimon Goes Back to School - Posted February 20, 2013
As much as we'd like to, we can't deliver dish from Oscar winners (Shirley MacLaine) and supermodels (Naomi Campbell, Coco Rocha and Karolina Kurkova) every week. After a head-spinning cycle of chats with A-listers, the celebrity quotient at Michael's was of the l... [FishbowlNY]

Naomi Campbell and Her Supermodel Castmates Dish About Their New 'Face' - Posted February 6, 2013
We were more than a little disappointed to learn that we missed Dan Stevens aka Matthew Crawley on Downton Abbey when he lunched with producer Paula Wagner at Table One on Monday. (Doesn't he know Wednesday is the day for lunch at Michael's?) Luckily, today's oh-so-fabulous lunch with the cast of... [FishbowlLA]

Shirley MacLaine Stops by a Birthday Party for Liz Smith - Posted January 30, 2013
I knew it was going to be quite the scene at Michael's today when a little birdie told me that there was going to be a lunch for Liz Smith celebrating the grand dame of gossip's upcoming birthday at Table One. Suffice to say I wasn't disappointed. ... [FishbowlLA]

Shirley MacLaine Stops by a Birthday Party for Liz Smith - Posted January 30, 2013
I knew it was going to be quite the scene at Michael's today when a little birdie told me that there was going to be a lunch for Liz Smith celebrating the grand dame of gossip's upcoming birthday at Table One. Suffice to say I wasn't disappointed. Non... [Fishbowl NY]

Shirley MacLaine Stops by a Birthday Party for Liz Smith - Posted January 30, 2013
I knew it was going to be quite the scene at Michael's today when a little birdie told me that there was going to be a lunch for Liz Smith celebrating the grand dame of gossip's upcoming birthday at Table One. Suffice to say I wasn't disappointed. Non... [FishbowlNY]

Lesley Stahl, Cynthia McFadden & Lindsay Lohan's Interior Decorator - Posted January 23, 2013
Even the arctic temperatures couldn't keep the faithful away from Michael's today. The scene at 55th and Fifth was, although celebrity-free (unless you count a cast member from "The Real Housewives of New York City) even wilder than usual. The media mavens (Les... [Fishbowl NY]

Lesley Stahl, Cynthia McFadden & Lindsay Lohan's Interior Decorator - Posted January 23, 2013
Even the arctic temperatures couldn't keep the faithful away from Michael's today. The scene at 55th and Fifth was, although celebrity-free (unless you count a cast member from "The Real Housewives of New York City) even wilder than usual. The media mavens (Les... [FishbowlNY]

Sandra Lee Serves Up a New Magazine and Novel; Hoda Kotb Celebrates Book Number Two with Today Show Gang - Posted January 16, 2013
Every time I think it can't get anyone more Fellini-esque at 55th and Fifth, another Wednesday at Michael's proves me wrong. All that was missing today was a lion tamer and clown shot out of a cannon. There were so many 'acts' going on simultaneously I hardly knew where to look. While... [FishbowlLA]

Sandra Lee Serves Up a New Magazine and Novel; Hoda Kotb Celebrates Book Number Two with Today Show Gang - Posted January 16, 2013
Every time I think it can't get anyone more Fellini-esque at 55th and Fifth, another Wednesday at Michael's proves me wrong. All that was missing today was a lion tamer and clown shot out of a cannon. There were so many 'acts' going on simultaneously I hardly knew where to look. While... [Fishbowl NY]

Sandra Lee Serves Up a New Magazine and Novel; Hoda Kotb Celebrates Book Number Two with Today Show Gang - Posted January 16, 2013
Every time I think it can't get anyone more Fellini-esque at 55th and Fifth, another Wednesday at Michael's proves me wrong. All that was missing today was a lion tamer and clown shot out of a cannon. There were so many 'acts' going on simultaneously I hardly knew where to look. While... [FishbowlNY]

Lisa Vanderpump Dishes on the Beverly Hills Housewives, Wendy Williams Holds Court - Posted January 9, 2013
Happy New Year -- now let's get back to business. The power lunch season is back in full swing at Michael's, so we're serving up a double helping of 'Lunch' this week. On Tuesday, Lisa Vanderpump and her husband ... [FishbowlLA]

Lisa Vanderpump Dishes on the Beverly Hills Housewives, Wendy Williams Holds Court - Posted January 9, 2013
Happy New Year -- now let's get back to business. The power lunch season is back in full swing at Michael's, so we're serving up a double helping of 'Lunch' this week. On Tuesday, Lisa Vanderpump and her husband ... [Fishbowl NY]

Lisa Vanderpump Dishes on the Beverly Hills Housewives, Wendy Williams Holds Court - Posted January 9, 2013
Happy New Year -- now let's get back to business. The power lunch season is back in full swing at Michael's, so we're serving up a double helping of 'Lunch' this week. On Tuesday, Lisa Vanderpump and her husband ... [FishbowlNY]

Tom Brokaw, Randi Zuckerberg and David Zinczenko's Next Chapter - Posted December 5, 2012
As any self-respecting power luncher knows, December is no time to slack off and dip into the egg nog. Quite the contrary. The noontime hour during the holidays may be reserved for a little shopping for those that still go the brick and mortar route, but the regulars at Michael's know... [FishbowlLA]

Tom Brokaw, Randi Zuckerberg and David Zinczenko's Next Chapter - Posted December 5, 2012
As any self-respecting power luncher knows, December is no time to slack off and dip into the egg nog. Quite the contrary. The noontime hour during the holidays may be reserved for a little shopping for those that still go the brick and mortar route, but the regulars at Michael's know... [Fishbowl NY]

Tom Brokaw, Randi Zuckerberg and David Zinczenko's Next Chapter - Posted December 5, 2012
As any self-respecting power luncher knows, December is no time to slack off and dip into the egg nog. Quite the contrary. The noontime hour during the holidays may be reserved for a little shopping for those that still go the brick and mortar route, but the regulars at Michael's know... [FishbowlNY]

Harvey Weinstein, David Zinczenko and Peggy Siegal Throws Another Party - Posted November 28, 2012
'Tis the season for power lunches disguised as holiday celebrations, and this afternoon at Michael's it was SRO as the moguls (Harvey Weinstein, Tommy Mottola)... [FishbowlLA]

Harvey Weinstein, David Zinczenko and Peggy Siegal Throws Another Party - Posted November 28, 2012
'Tis the season for power lunches disguised as holiday celebrations, and this afternoon at Michael's it was SRO as the moguls (Harvey Weinstein, Tommy Mottola)... [Fishbowl NY]

Harvey Weinstein, David Zinczenko and Peggy Siegal Throws Another Party - Posted November 28, 2012
'Tis the season for power lunches disguised as holiday celebrations, and this afternoon at Michael's it was SRO as the moguls (Harvey Weinstein, Tommy Mottola)... [FishbowlNY]

Melania Trump, Star Jones and the Man Behind Katie Couric's Cushy Set - Posted October 24, 2012
Compared to the past few Fellini-esque Wednesday's at Michael's, today's crowd was pretty low key. That said, the usual suspects were at their regular perches and the people watching quotient was satisfied by regular Star Jones (dressed to kill) and ... [Fishbowl NY]

Melania Trump, Star Jones and the Man Behind Katie Couric's Cushy Set - Posted October 24, 2012
Compared to the past few Fellini-esque Wednesday's at Michael's, today's crowd was pretty low key. That said, the usual suspects were at their regular perches and the people watching quotient was satisfied by regular Star Jones (dressed to kill) and ... [FishbowlNY]

Barbara Walters, Joe Kernen and One Republican's Response to the Debate - Posted October 17, 2012
After last week's head-spinning scene where real-life democrats took campaign advice from fictional politicians (Chris Noth, you've got my vote), I thought I'd pretty much covered the landscape of presidential politics among the Wednesday Michael's crowd. Nothing doing. Before I could settle in for my lunch with P... [FishbowlLA]

Bette Midler, Blythe Danner and Chris Noth's Advice for President Obama - Posted October 10, 2012
If you felt the tremors in midtown around noon, it's because 55th and Fifth nearly buckled under the weight of all the star power at Michael's today. Between the Hollywood A-listers (Bette Midler, ... [FishbowlLA]

Star Jones, Charlie Rose and Manhattan's Most Discreet Fine Jeweler - Posted October 3, 2012
The line to get into Michael's snaked onto the sidewalk today as the fall power lunch season finally got under way. There were talking heads (Star Jones, Charlie Rose... [FishbowlLA]

Calvin Klein, Piers Morgan and The Newsroom's Emily Mortimer - Posted September 19, 2012
It was a dizzying scene at Michael's today. Fashion A-listers (Calvin Klein, Grace Coddington), talking heads (... [Fishbowl NY]

Calvin Klein, Piers Morgan and The Newsroom's Emily Mortimer - Posted September 19, 2012
It was a dizzying scene at Michael's today. Fashion A-listers (Calvin Klein, Grace Coddington), talking heads (... [FishbowlNY]

Cynthia McFadden, Gayle King and Blythe Danner at the Bar - Posted September 12, 2012
School is back in session! The faithful have returned to Michael's and the place was buzzing with activity as the media mavens, talking heads and social swells sailed into the dining room. Table One (Cynthia McFadden, ... [FishbowlLA]

Cynthia McFadden, Gayle King and Blythe Danner at the Bar - Posted September 12, 2012
School is back in session! The faithful have returned to Michael's and the place was buzzing with activity as the media mavens, talking heads and social swells sailed into the dining room. Table One (Cynthia McFadden, ... [Fishbowl NY]

Cynthia McFadden, Gayle King and Blythe Danner at the Bar - Posted September 12, 2012
School is back in session! The faithful have returned to Michael's and the place was buzzing with activity as the media mavens, talking heads and social swells sailed into the dining room. Table One (Cynthia McFadden, ... [FishbowlNY]

Barbara Walters, Arianna Huffington and a Socialite Celebration - Posted August 1, 2012
We were so disappointed to hear we missed Alec Baldwin by a day. A little birdie told me Manhattan's most famous newlywed was in an extremely good mood yesterday as he dined with a mystery gal with a British accent (Attention Andrea Peyser!). Here's another tasty tidbit about the 30 Rock... [FishbowlLA]

Barbara Walters, Arianna Huffington and a Socialite Celebration - Posted August 1, 2012
We were so disappointed to hear we missed Alec Baldwin by a day. A little birdie told me Manhattan's most famous newlywed was in an extremely good mood yesterday as he dined with a mystery gal with a British accent (Attention Andrea Peyser!). Here's another tasty tidbit about the 30 Rock... [Fishbowl NY]

Barbara Walters, Arianna Huffington and a Socialite Celebration - Posted August 1, 2012
We were so disappointed to hear we missed Alec Baldwin by a day. A little birdie told me Manhattan's most famous newlywed was in an extremely good mood yesterday as he dined with a mystery gal with a British accent (Attention Andrea Peyser!). Here's another tasty tidbit about the 30 Rock... [FishbowlNY]

Summer's Social Swans, Kim Kardashian's BFF and the Woman Behind Mad Men - Posted July 25, 2012
Where else could you possibly find friends of reality stars (Come on, you can't expect an A-lister sighting every week) and the last vestiges of Cafe Society all in one room? If it's Wednesday, at Michael's, of course. I couldn't even begin to do justice to the head-spinning scene there today,... [FishbowlLA]

Summer's Social Swans, Kim Kardashian's BFF and the Woman Behind Mad Men - Posted July 25, 2012
Where else could you possibly find friends of reality stars (Come on, you can't expect an A-lister sighting every week) and the last vestiges of Cafe Society all in one room? If it's Wednesday, at Michael's, of course. I couldn't even begin to do justice to the head-spinning scene there today,... [Fishbowl NY]

Summer's Social Swans, Kim Kardashian's BFF and the Woman Behind Mad Men - Posted July 25, 2012
Where else could you possibly find friends of reality stars (Come on, you can't expect an A-lister sighting every week) and the last vestiges of Cafe Society all in one room? If it's Wednesday, at Michael's, of course. I couldn't even begin to do justice to the head-spinning scene there today,... [FishbowlNY]

Ann Curry, Calvin Klein and a Real-Life Seinfeld Character - Posted July 18, 2012
Forget about the dog days of summer. The stifling heat couldn't keep the faithful away from Michael's today. In fact, many of the power lunchers showed up early to escape the oppressive temps which made for a jam packed dining room. The always unflappable Lor... [FishbowlLA]

Ann Curry, Calvin Klein and a Real-Life Seinfeld Character - Posted July 18, 2012
Forget about the dog days of summer. The stifling heat couldn't keep the faithful away from Michael's today. In fact, many of the power lunchers showed up early to escape the oppressive temps which made for a jam packed dining room. The always unflappable Lor... [Fishbowl NY]

Ann Curry, Calvin Klein and a Real-Life Seinfeld Character - Posted July 18, 2012
Forget about the dog days of summer. The stifling heat couldn't keep the faithful away from Michael's today. In fact, many of the power lunchers showed up early to escape the oppressive temps which made for a jam packed dining room. The always unflappable Lor... [FishbowlNY]

Star Jones, Henry Schleiff & A Squadron of Spinmeisters - Posted June 13, 2012
After several back-to-back weeks of a somewhat boisterous SRO crowd at Michael's, it was a bit of a relief to find a more subdued dining room today. The dreary rain (will it ever end?!) seems to have kept some of the town car set at their desks. But, this being Wednesday,... [FishbowlLA]

Star Jones, Henry Schleiff & A Squadron of Spinmeisters - Posted June 13, 2012
After several back-to-back weeks of a somewhat boisterous SRO crowd at Michael's, it was a bit of a relief to find a more subdued dining room today. The dreary rain (will it ever end?!) seems to have kept some of the town car set at their desks. But, this being Wednesday,... [Fishbowl NY]

Star Jones, Henry Schleiff & A Squadron of Spinmeisters - Posted June 13, 2012
After several back-to-back weeks of a somewhat boisterous SRO crowd at Michael's, it was a bit of a relief to find a more subdued dining room today. The dreary rain (will it ever end?!) seems to have kept some of the town car set at their desks. But, this being Wednesday,... [FishbowlNY]

Charlie Rose, Star Jones, Joe Kernan and Jack Welch Hold Court - Posted May 30, 2012
I could just tell the power lunch crowd was (mostly) all business today. The noise level was considerably lower than in past weeks -- who needs your neighbor to learn about your next big move before it hits "Page Six"? -- and the table hopping was kept to a minimum. It... [Fishbowl NY]

Charlie Rose, Star Jones, Joe Kernan and Jack Welch Hold Court - Posted May 30, 2012
I could just tell the power lunch crowd was (mostly) all business today. The noise level was considerably lower than in past weeks -- who needs your neighbor to learn about your next big move before it hits "Page Six"? -- and the table hopping was kept to a minimum. It... [FishbowlNY]

Anderson Cooper, Andrew Stein and Serenading Socialites - Posted May 23, 2012
The scene at Michael's today was positively Fellini-esque. Just when the joint was firing on all cylinders (even every seat at the bar was spoken for), the dining room was stunned into silence when the ladies who lunch led by Joan Jakobson at Tab... [FishbowlLA]

Anderson Cooper, Andrew Stein and Serenading Socialites - Posted May 23, 2012
The scene at Michael's today was positively Fellini-esque. Just when the joint was firing on all cylinders (even every seat at the bar was spoken for), the dining room was stunned into silence when the ladies who lunch led by Joan Jakobson at Tab... [Fishbowl NY]

Anderson Cooper, Andrew Stein and Serenading Socialites - Posted May 23, 2012
The scene at Michael's today was positively Fellini-esque. Just when the joint was firing on all cylinders (even every seat at the bar was spoken for), the dining room was stunned into silence when the ladies who lunch led by Joan Jakobson at Tab... [FishbowlNY]

Spike Lee, Jon Meacham and a Real Housewife of New York City - Posted May 9, 2012
It's been a big week for movie moguls at Michael's. Harvey Weinstein was here on Monday, and Spike Lee showed up for the second time in a six days. Who needs Hollywood? Besides the slew of 'producers' cooking up their next big deal over... [FishbowlLA]

Spike Lee, Jon Meacham and a Real Housewife of New York City - Posted May 9, 2012
It's been a big week for movie moguls at Michael's. Harvey Weinstein was here on Monday, and Spike Lee showed up for the second time in a six days. Who needs Hollywood? Besides the slew of 'producers' cooking up their next big deal over... [Fishbowl NY]

Spike Lee, Jon Meacham and a Real Housewife of New York City - Posted May 9, 2012
It's been a big week for movie moguls at Michael's. Harvey Weinstein was here on Monday, and Spike Lee showed up for the second time in a six days. Who needs Hollywood? Besides the slew of 'producers' cooking up their next big deal over... [FishbowlNY]

Back to Business With Norma Kamali, Jeanine Pirro and William Lauder - Posted April 18, 2012
Spring break is over, so it's back to business for the movers and shakers at Michael's. Today's crowd was the usual mix of media mavens (Keith Kelly, Jonathan Wald)... [FishbowlLA]

Back to Business With Norma Kamali, Jeanine Pirro and William Lauder - Posted April 18, 2012
Spring break is over, so it's back to business for the movers and shakers at Michael's. Today's crowd was the usual mix of media mavens (Keith Kelly, Jonathan Wald)... [Fishbowl NY]

Back to Business With Norma Kamali, Jeanine Pirro and William Lauder - Posted April 18, 2012
Spring break is over, so it's back to business for the movers and shakers at Michael's. Today's crowd was the usual mix of media mavens (Keith Kelly, Jonathan Wald)... [FishbowlNY]

Donald Trump, Star Jones, Wendy Williams, Plus Dish on the New Dark Shadows Movie - Posted April 4, 2012
Who knew there was a pre-Easter rush? Michael's dining room was jam packed today with moguls (Donald Trump!), fashion mavens (Rachel Roy, ... [FishbowlLA]

Donald Trump, Star Jones, Wendy Williams, Plus Dish on the New Dark Shadows Movie - Posted April 4, 2012
Who knew there was a pre-Easter rush? Michael's dining room was jam packed today with moguls (Donald Trump!), fashion mavens (Rachel Roy, ... [Fishbowl NY]

Donald Trump, Star Jones, Wendy Williams, Plus Dish on the New Dark Shadows Movie - Posted April 4, 2012
Who knew there was a pre-Easter rush? Michael's dining room was jam packed today with moguls (Donald Trump!), fashion mavens (Rachel Roy, ... [FishbowlNY]

Harvey Weinstein Leads the Movie Mogul Charge - Posted March 28, 2012
Any Michael's regular worth his or her weight in Cobb salad knows that on any given Wednesday you can find the who's who of media in the dining room. Today we spotted a talking head (Andrew Ross Sorkin) and bestselling authors (... [FishbowlLA]

Harvey Weinstein Leads the Movie Mogul Charge - Posted March 28, 2012
Any Michael's regular worth his or her weight in Cobb salad knows that on any given Wednesday you can find the who's who of media in the dining room. Today we spotted a talking head (Andrew Ross Sorkin) and bestselling authors (... [Fishbowl NY]

Harvey Weinstein Leads the Movie Mogul Charge - Posted March 28, 2012
Any Michael's regular worth his or her weight in Cobb salad knows that on any given Wednesday you can find the who's who of media in the dining room. Today we spotted a talking head (Andrew Ross Sorkin) and bestselling authors (... [FishbowlNY]

A Party For Kate White and A Madoff Sighting - Posted March 21, 2012
It's the rare Wednesday when I don't leave Michael's with a fistful of business cards from some striver or media maven intent on making an impression. That's why it's so newsworthy when the exact opposite occurs. Today was the rare occasion when a famous -- make that infamous -- name did... [FishbowlLA]

A Party For Kate White and A Madoff Sighting - Posted March 21, 2012
It's the rare Wednesday when I don't leave Michael's with a fistful of business cards from some striver or media maven intent on making an impression. That's why it's so newsworthy when the exact opposite occurs. Today was the rare occasion when a famous -- make that infamous -- name did... [Fishbowl NY]

A Party For Kate White and A Madoff Sighting - Posted March 21, 2012
It's the rare Wednesday when I don't leave Michael's with a fistful of business cards from some striver or media maven intent on making an impression. That's why it's so newsworthy when the exact opposite occurs. Today was the rare occasion when a famous -- make that infamous -- name did... [FishbowlNY]

Ed Rollins Talks Presidential Politics; The 1 Percent Toasts the Good Life - Posted March 14, 2012
We've gotten so used to the celebrity circus that has dominated Michael's lately that we did a double take when we found the dining room populated mostly by suits, well-heeled ladies and dandies who prefer to let their bank accounts (not publicists) do the talking. Aside from the usual boldface names... [FishbowlLA]

A Party for Emily Blunt & Ewan McGregor; Katie Couric Holds Court - Posted March 7, 2012
It's been a pretty wild winter at Michael's. Far from suffering from the seasonal doldrums, the place has been operating on full tilt every Wednesday with a fresh array of A-listers that always make for some pretty good people watching. Today was no exception. Besides the jam packed dining room filled with... [FishbowlLA]

Dan Rather, Steve Kroft and An Encore Appearance by John Legend - Posted February 29, 2012
I got several emails last week when I was on vacation alerting me to John Legend's presence in the dining room. "You're missing him!" texted one faithful "Lunch" reader. "Oh well," I thought, "next time." Imagine my surprise when the singer magically appeared in the dining room today and even shot... [FishbowlLA]

Katie Couric, Star Jones & the Fashion Week Flock - Posted February 15, 2012
The media A-list has decided that winter is over (did it ever start?) and came out of hibernation in a major way at Michael's today. Every square inch of the dining room was occupied by boldface names of every description from social swans (Amy Fine Collins... [FishbowlLA]

Katie Couric, Star Jones & the Fashion Week Flock - Posted February 15, 2012
The media A-list has decided that winter is over (did it ever start?) and came out of hibernation in a major way at Michael's today. Every square inch of the dining room was occupied by boldface names of every description from social swans (Amy Fine Collins... [Fishbowl NY]

Katie Couric, Star Jones & the Fashion Week Flock - Posted February 15, 2012
The media A-list has decided that winter is over (did it ever start?) and came out of hibernation in a major way at Michael's today. Every square inch of the dining room was occupied by boldface names of every description from social swans (Amy Fine Collins... [FishbowlNY]

George Lucas, Jon Meacham and the Usual Suspects - Posted January 11, 2012
The media movers and shakers are starting to trickle back into the dining room at Michael's for another year of power lunches, but the place isn't exactly firing on all cylinders quite yet. Maybe it's because the Golden Globes are this weekend (we are so rooting for Downton Abbey to sweep!),... [Fishbowl NY]

George Lucas, Jon Meacham and the Usual Suspects - Posted January 11, 2012
The media movers and shakers are starting to trickle back into the dining room at Michael's for another year of power lunches, but the place isn't exactly firing on all cylinders quite yet. Maybe it's because the Golden Globes are this weekend (we are so rooting for Downton Abbey to sweep!),... [FishbowlNY]

Ringing in the Holidays With Harold Ford Jr., Star Jones & Donny Deutsch - Posted December 14, 2011
The holiday revelry was in high gear today at Michael's. Those miracle workers at reception -- the amazing Loreal Sherman and Joana Andrade were working overtime... [FishbowlLA]

Henry Kravis, John Huey & Kim Kardashian's BFF - Posted December 7, 2011
The usual suspects were (mostly) present and accounted for at Michael's today. The people watching parade included the money men (Henry Kravis), entertainment moguls (Richard... [FishbowlLA]

Henry Kravis, John Huey & Kim Kardashian's BFF - Posted December 7, 2011
The usual suspects were (mostly) present and accounted for at Michael's today. The people watching parade included the money men (Henry Kravis), entertainment moguls (Richard... [Fishbowl NY]

Henry Kravis, John Huey & Kim Kardashian's BFF - Posted December 7, 2011
The usual suspects were (mostly) present and accounted for at Michael's today. The people watching parade included the money men (Henry Kravis), entertainment moguls (Richard... [FishbowlNY]

Tom Brokaw, Vernon Jordan and the Shy Divorcee - Posted November 16, 2011
It was SRO at Michael's today. The dining room was so jam packed every sqaure inch was occupied by a mogul (Mel Karmazin!), media heavyweight (Tom Brokaw, ... [FishbowlLA]

Tom Brokaw, Vernon Jordan and the Shy Divorcee - Posted November 16, 2011
It was SRO at Michael's today. The dining room was so jam packed every sqaure inch was occupied by a mogul (Mel Karmazin!), media heavyweight (Tom Brokaw, ... [Fishbowl NY]

Tom Brokaw, Vernon Jordan and the Shy Divorcee - Posted November 16, 2011
It was SRO at Michael's today. The dining room was so jam packed every sqaure inch was occupied by a mogul (Mel Karmazin!), media heavyweight (Tom Brokaw, ... [FishbowlNY]

Caroline Manzo, Morgan Fairchild, Plus HarperCollins Fetes William Boyd - Posted November 2, 2011
One of the things I love most about chronicling the Wednesday scene at Michael's is the random celeb sightings that seem to come out of left field. On offer today: television stars of the past and present that represent the changing (and fickle?) tastes of the viewing public. When none other... [FishbowlLA]

Barbara Walters, Harold Ford, Jr. and Bravo's Chris March - Posted October 5, 2011
We could barely keep up with the steady stream of A-listers who poured into Michael's today. When we arrived a little before noon, there was a handful of power brokers quietly hunkering down to business over their Cobb salads in the back of the room. By the time Bravo's latest star,... [FishbowlLA]

Barbara Walters, Harold Ford, Jr. and Bravo's Chris March - Posted October 5, 2011
We could barely keep up with the steady stream of A-listers who poured into Michael's today. When we arrived a little before noon, there was a handful of power brokers quietly hunkering down to business over their Cobb salads in the back of the room. By the time Bravo's latest star,... [Fishbowl NY]

Barbara Walters, Harold Ford, Jr. and Bravo's Chris March - Posted October 5, 2011
We could barely keep up with the steady stream of A-listers who poured into Michael's today. When we arrived a little before noon, there was a handful of power brokers quietly hunkering down to business over their Cobb salads in the back of the room. By the time Bravo's latest star,... [FishbowlNY]

Scottie Pippen Mixes It Up With the Media Mob & Does Rosie Have a New Lady Love? - Posted September 28, 2011
Things have been pretty busy at Michael's this week. On Monday, none other than James Bond aka Daniel Craig dropped by. ("His eye are so blue!" cooed one smitten staffer). Yesterday, a very laid back Rosie O'Donnell showed up... [Fishbowl NY]

Scottie Pippen Mixes It Up With the Media Mob & Does Rosie Have a New Lady Love? - Posted September 28, 2011
Things have been pretty busy at Michael's this week. On Monday, none other than James Bond aka Daniel Craig dropped by. ("His eye are so blue!" cooed one smitten staffer). Yesterday, a very laid back Rosie O'Donnell showed up... [FishbowlNY]

Cathie Black Resurfaces, Jann Wenner at Table One, and Dish from The Millionaire Matchmaker - Posted September 21, 2011
Despite the worst case of Gotham gridlock in months (Thanks, Mr. President), there were plenty of media heavy hitters (Jann Wenner, John Huey), high-profile editor... [Fishbowl NY]

Cathie Black Resurfaces, Jann Wenner at Table One, and Dish from The Millionaire Matchmaker - Posted September 21, 2011
Despite the worst case of Gotham gridlock in months (Thanks, Mr. President), there were plenty of media heavy hitters (Jann Wenner, John Huey), high-profile editor... [FishbowlNY]

Alexis Glick Dishes with Michelle Paterson, NY Republican Chair Talks Turner Victory - Posted September 14, 2011
It was SRO at Michael's today. The dining room was a tasty mix of media mavens with a heaping helping of politicos and a dash of flash with a very tall L.A. Laker. (We don't follow basketball, but several guys in the room made sure we knew it was Matt Barnes... [FishbowlLA]

Bob Schieffer, Carl Bernstein and The Shopaholic Squadron - Posted July 27, 2011
It was a tasty mix of media mavens and fab fashionistas at Michael's today as the town car set dined and dished before jetting off to their summer cottages. While Rupert Murdoch was still topic A for plenty of regulars, talk of the stalemate ... [FishbowlLA]

Bob Schieffer, Carl Bernstein and The Shopaholic Squadron - Posted July 27, 2011
It was a tasty mix of media mavens and fab fashionistas at Michael's today as the town car set dined and dished before jetting off to their summer cottages. While Rupert Murdoch was still topic A for plenty of regulars, talk of the stalemate ... [Fishbowl NY]

Bob Schieffer, Carl Bernstein and The Shopaholic Squadron - Posted July 27, 2011
It was a tasty mix of media mavens and fab fashionistas at Michael's today as the town car set dined and dished before jetting off to their summer cottages. While Rupert Murdoch was still topic A for plenty of regulars, talk of the stalemate ... [FishbowlNY]

Melania Trump, Charles Grodin and Princess Di's Wedding Designer - Posted July 20, 2011
-- DIANE CLEHANE The oppressive heat didn't keep the faithful away from Michael's today. The joint was jumping with media mavens of every stripe, including one editor who is clearly having a moment (David Zinczenko), high-profile publish... [Fishbowl NY]

Melania Trump, Charles Grodin and Princess Di's Wedding Designer - Posted July 20, 2011
-- DIANE CLEHANE The oppressive heat didn't keep the faithful away from Michael's today. The joint was jumping with media mavens of every stripe, including one editor who is clearly having a moment (David Zinczenko), high-profile publish... [FishbowlNY]

Glenn Close and Damages Cast Celebrate Season Four - Posted June 29, 2011
-- DIANE CLEHANE Before dashing off to their summer cottages in the Hamptons for the long holiday weekend, the media mavens and moguls were at their regular perches at Michael's today for a bit of last minute networking. It was SRO at the bar and the dining room was jam pa... [SocialTimes.com]

Glenn Close and Damages Cast Celebrate Season Four - Posted June 29, 2011
-- DIANE CLEHANE Before dashing off to their summer cottages in the Hamptons for the long holiday weekend, the media mavens and moguls were at their regular perches at Michael's today for a bit of last minute networking. It was SRO at the bar and the dining room was jam pa... [Fishbowl NY]

Glenn Close and Damages Cast Celebrate Season Four - Posted June 29, 2011
-- DIANE CLEHANE Before dashing off to their summer cottages in the Hamptons for the long holiday weekend, the media mavens and moguls were at their regular perches at Michael's today for a bit of last minute networking. It was SRO at the bar and the dining room was jam pa... [FishbowlNY]

Rick Fox, Arianna Huffington and a Real Housewife of New York City - Posted June 8, 2011
-- DIANE CLEHANE It was SRO at Michael's today with movers and shakers jammed into every corner. I was so glad I got there early and was able to chat with Rick Fox and his girlfriend ... [Fishbowl NY]

Rick Fox, Arianna Huffington and a Real Housewife of New York City - Posted June 8, 2011
-- DIANE CLEHANE It was SRO at Michael's today with movers and shakers jammed into every corner. I was so glad I got there early and was able to chat with Rick Fox and his girlfriend ... [FishbowlNY]

Mary Higgins Clark, The Hiltons And The Media Mob - Posted June 1, 2011
-- DIANE CLEHANE The sweltering heat (wasn't it just snowing last week?) didn't keep the regulars away from Michael's today. The dining room was jam packed with authors, agents and media mavens all deep in conversation about who knows what. From the looks of things, the power lunch crowd here is ge... [FishbowlLA]

Mary Higgins Clark, The Hiltons And The Media Mob - Posted June 1, 2011
-- DIANE CLEHANE The sweltering heat (wasn't it just snowing last week?) didn't keep the regulars away from Michael's today. The dining room was jam packed with authors, agents and media mavens all deep in conversation about who knows what. From the looks of things, the power lunch crowd here is ge... [Fishbowl NY]

Mary Higgins Clark, The Hiltons And The Media Mob - Posted June 1, 2011
-- DIANE CLEHANE The sweltering heat (wasn't it just snowing last week?) didn't keep the regulars away from Michael's today. The dining room was jam packed with authors, agents and media mavens all deep in conversation about who knows what. From the looks of things, the power lunch crowd here is ge... [FishbowlNY]

Tom Brokaw, Trudie Styler, Joan Rivers & Happy Birthday, Jon Meacham! - Posted May 18, 2011
-- DIANE CLEHANE If you were wondering why the streets of midtown seemed a bit quiet today it was because everyone -- well, almost everyone -- was at Michael's today. I could barely keep up as the A-listers filed in one after another (Tom Brokaw... [AllTwitter]

Eliot Spitzer on Working for CNN: 'I'm having a barrel of fun!' - Posted April 27, 2011
-- DIANE CLEHANE Although it might not seem like it given the sheer numbers of journalists reporting from England this week, there are plenty of media folk and fashion mavens who aren't headed out of town to cover that little get-together at Westminster Abbey on Friday. The dining room at Michael's was... [SocialTimes.com]

Eliot Spitzer on Working for CNN: 'I'm having a barrel of fun!' - Posted April 27, 2011
-- DIANE CLEHANE Although it might not seem like it given the sheer numbers of journalists reporting from England this week, there are plenty of media folk and fashion mavens who aren't headed out of town to cover that little get-together at Westminster Abbey on Friday. The dining room at Michael's was... [Fishbowl NY]

Eliot Spitzer on Working for CNN: 'I'm having a barrel of fun!' - Posted April 27, 2011
-- DIANE CLEHANE Although it might not seem like it given the sheer numbers of journalists reporting from England this week, there are plenty of media folk and fashion mavens who aren't headed out of town to cover that little get-together at Westminster Abbey on Friday. The dining room at Michael's was... [FishbowlNY]

Sinbad & Family Dish on Their New Reality Show - Posted April 6, 2011
-- DIANE CLEHANE It would have been hard to beat the head-spinning scene that I witnessed at Michael's last Wednesday, but this week came close. A camera crew from WNBC-TV's LX-TV was on hand filming a segment on celebrity lunch spots as the masters of the universe (... [semanticweb.com]

Rachel Uchitel Creates A Stir at Michael's - Posted March 30, 2011
-- DIANE CLEHANE Having covered the scene at Michael's for some time now, I've been witness to plenty of Fellini-esque tableaus where the head-spinning mix of stars and strivers, masters of the universe, and alien-like actors never ceases to amuse and occasionally amaze me, but today was off the charts. What started... [FishbowlLA]

Ina Garten, Joanna Coles And The Fashion Flock - Posted March 23, 2011
-- DIANE CLEHANE The dreary winter weather (Will it ever end?!) didn't keep the loyalists away from Michael's today. There were plenty of fab fashionistas and social swans in the dining room who braved the elements in inappropriate footwear to exchange air kisses and gossip about who knows what. The usual... [Fishbowl NY]

Ina Garten, Joanna Coles And The Fashion Flock - Posted March 23, 2011
-- DIANE CLEHANE The dreary winter weather (Will it ever end?!) didn't keep the loyalists away from Michael's today. There were plenty of fab fashionistas and social swans in the dining room who braved the elements in inappropriate footwear to exchange air kisses and gossip about who knows what. The usual... [FishbowlNY]

Separate Tables for Jann Wenner and Neal Boulton - Posted March 16, 2011
-- DIANE CLEHANE We were grateful that several faithful Lunch readers emailed to let us know Bill Clinton was at Michael's yesterday. Thanks guys! I guess Mr. Clinton didn't get the memo stipulating that all A-list... [Fishbowl NY]

Separate Tables for Jann Wenner and Neal Boulton - Posted March 16, 2011
-- DIANE CLEHANE We were grateful that several faithful Lunch readers emailed to let us know Bill Clinton was at Michael's yesterday. Thanks guys! I guess Mr. Clinton didn't get the memo stipulating that all A-list... [FishbowlNY]

Blake Lively, Charlie Rose And An Ex-Caped Crusader - Posted March 2, 2011
-- DIANE CLEHANE I just love it when the random celebrity turns up at Michael's for lunch. It's always entertaining to watch the usual suspects try to simultaneously network and star gaze. Today's out-of-left-field appearances represented both new and old Hollywood (just like this year's Oscars but... [FishbowlLA]

Blake Lively, Charlie Rose And An Ex-Caped Crusader - Posted March 2, 2011
-- DIANE CLEHANE I just love it when the random celebrity turns up at Michael's for lunch. It's always entertaining to watch the usual suspects try to simultaneously network and star gaze. Today's out-of-left-field appearances represented both new and old Hollywood (just like this year's Oscars but... [Fishbowl NY]

Blake Lively, Charlie Rose And An Ex-Caped Crusader - Posted March 2, 2011
-- DIANE CLEHANE I just love it when the random celebrity turns up at Michael's for lunch. It's always entertaining to watch the usual suspects try to simultaneously network and star gaze. Today's out-of-left-field appearances represented both new and old Hollywood (just like this year's Oscars but... [FishbowlNY]

David Zinczenko, Keith Kelly and The Media Mavens - Posted February 23, 2011
-- DIANE CLEHANE Sorry, but you can't expect dish about an Oscar winner every week. (We're still reeling from our brush with Cate Blanchett in the dining room last Wednesday!) We're chalking it up to school vacati... [FishbowlLA]

It's An A-Lister Buffet! Cate Blanchett, Debra Messing, Star Jones and The Morning Joe Team - Posted February 16, 2011
-- DIANE CLEHANE It's a sure sign that spring is actually on its way when the A-list comes out of hibernation and flocks to Michael's once again. The appearance of Cate Blanchett and ... [Fishbowl NY]

It's An A-Lister Buffet! Cate Blanchett, Debra Messing, Star Jones and The Morning Joe Team - Posted February 16, 2011
-- DIANE CLEHANE It's a sure sign that spring is actually on its way when the A-list comes out of hibernation and flocks to Michael's once again. The appearance of Cate Blanchett and ... [FishbowlNY]

Harvey Weinstein, Evelyn Lauder and A Few Football Moguls - Posted February 9, 2011
-- DIANE CLEHANE We missed Al Gore and a bearded Keith Olbermann by a day. A little birdie told us Current... [FishbowlLA]

Harvey Weinstein, Evelyn Lauder and A Few Sports Moguls - Posted February 9, 2011
-- DIANE CLEHANE We missed Al Gore and a bearded Keith Olbermann by a day. A little birdie told us Current... [Fishbowl NY]

Harvey Weinstein, Evelyn Lauder and A Few Sports Moguls - Posted February 9, 2011
-- DIANE CLEHANE We missed Al Gore and a bearded Keith Olbermann by a day. A little birdie told us Current... [FishbowlNY]

David Hockney, Lawrence O'Donnell And The Scandal-Scarred Manhattanite - Posted January 19, 2011
-- DIANE CLEHANE When I arrived at Michael's today and found myself engulfed in a sea of suits, I chalked up the relatively quiet dining room to the usual January doldrums. Upon closer inspection, I realized that the reason things seemed a bit quieter than usual was that there were more than... [Fishbowl NY]

David Hockney, Lawrence O'Donnell And The Scandal-Scarred Manhattanite - Posted January 19, 2011
-- DIANE CLEHANE When I arrived at Michael's today and found myself engulfed in a sea of suits, I chalked up the relatively quiet dining room to the usual January doldrums. Upon closer inspection, I realized that the reason things seemed a bit quieter than usual was that there were more than... [FishbowlNY]

Tina Brown, Al Roker and Facebook's Flummoxed Friends - Posted January 5, 2011
-- DIANE CLEHANE The holidays are over (finally!), so it was back to business for the moguls and mavens that trickled into Michael's today. The telltale sign was last month's run on red wine has been replaced by orders of Diet Coke (No more ducking out early 'to go Christmas shopping' for... [FishbowlLA]

Tina Brown, Al Roker and Facebook's Flummoxed Friends - Posted January 5, 2011
-- DIANE CLEHANE The holidays are over (finally!), so it was back to business for the moguls and mavens that trickled into Michael's today. The telltale sign was last month's run on red wine has been replaced by orders of Diet Coke (No more ducking out early 'to go Christmas shopping' for... [Fishbowl NY]

Tina Brown, Al Roker and Facebook's Flummoxed Friends - Posted January 5, 2011
-- DIANE CLEHANE The holidays are over (finally!), so it was back to business for the moguls and mavens that trickled into Michael's today. The telltale sign was last month's run on red wine has been replaced by orders of Diet Coke (No more ducking out early 'to go Christmas shopping' for... [FishbowlNY]

Lara Spencer, John Sykes & Dr. Ruth Ring in the Holidays - Posted December 8, 2010
-- DIANE CLEHANE I don't know whether it was the wintry weather or the holiday decor, but the usual suspects were in a festive mood at Michael's today. There were air kisses all around the dining room as the movers and shakers mingled while waiting for their lunch dates to arrive. ... [Fishbowl NY]

Lara Spencer, John Sykes & Dr. Ruth Ring in the Holidays - Posted December 8, 2010
-- DIANE CLEHANE I don't know whether it was the wintry weather or the holiday decor, but the usual suspects were in a festive mood at Michael's today. There were air kisses all around the dining room as the movers and shakers mingled while waiting for their lunch dates to arrive. ... [FishbowlNY]

Joel Klein, Diana Taylor and the December Diehards - Posted December 1, 2010
-- DIANE CLEHANE It was good to be back on the Michael's beat after a two week absence (Word to the wise: Get that flu shot!). I'm happy to report the monsoon-like rains didn't keep those dining room diehards away, although the mood was a bit more subdued than usual. The place... [Fishbowl NY]

Joel Klein, Diana Taylor and the December Diehards - Posted December 1, 2010
-- DIANE CLEHANE It was good to be back on the Michael's beat after a two week absence (Word to the wise: Get that flu shot!). I'm happy to report the monsoon-like rains didn't keep those dining room diehards away, although the mood was a bit more subdued than usual. The place... [FishbowlNY]

Joe Torre, Joan Collins and a Mogul Mashup - Posted November 10, 2010
-- DIANE CLEHANE I knew I was in for an interesting afternoon when I saw '80s icon Joan Collins and former Yankee skipper Joe Torre... [Fishbowl NY]

Joe Torre, Joan Collins and a Mogul Mashup - Posted November 10, 2010
-- DIANE CLEHANE I knew I was in for an interesting afternoon when I saw '80s icon Joan Collins and former Yankee skipper Joe Torre... [FishbowlNY]

Desiree Rogers, Kathie Lee Gifford & The Millionaire Matchmaker Meltdown - Posted October 20, 2010
-- DIANE CLEHANE There were plenty of movers, shakers and deal makers at Michael's today to keep things interesting, but a little birdie told me the media A-list was also out in force yesterday. So, as a public service to Lunch's faithful readers, here's who was there on Tuesday: ... [Fishbowl NY]

Desiree Rogers, Kathie Lee Gifford & The Millionaire Matchmaker Meltdown - Posted October 20, 2010
-- DIANE CLEHANE There were plenty of movers, shakers and deal makers at Michael's today to keep things interesting, but a little birdie told me the media A-list was also out in force yesterday. So, as a public service to Lunch's faithful readers, here's who was there on Tuesday: ... [FishbowlNY]

Isaac Mizrahi, Twilight's Kellan Lutz & A Manhattan Madri Gras - Posted October 13, 2010
-- DIANE CLEHANE I attended a fabulous lunch today for Deb Shriver to celebrate the publication of her first book, Stealing Magnolias, due out any minute. It was a festive afternoon befitting the book which is equal parts love lett... [Fishbowl NY]

Isaac Mizrahi, Twilight's Kellan Lutz & A Manhattan Madri Gras - Posted October 13, 2010
-- DIANE CLEHANE I attended a fabulous lunch today for Deb Shriver to celebrate the publication of her first book, Stealing Magnolias, due out any minute. It was a festive afternoon befitting the book which is equal parts love lett... [FishbowlNY]

Renee Fleming, Harold Ford Jr & The Social Swells - Posted September 22, 2010
— DIANE CLEHANE Michael's was jammed packed this afternoon with plenty of suits, swells and the requisite random boldface names (Renee Fleming! Harold Ford Jr... [Fishbowl NY]

Renee Fleming, Harold Ford Jr & The Social Swells - Posted September 22, 2010
— DIANE CLEHANE Michael's was jammed packed this afternoon with plenty of suits, swells and the requisite random boldface names (Renee Fleming! Harold Ford Jr... [FishbowlNY]

Chris Matthews Stops by Michael's - Posted September 8, 2010
— DIANE CLEHANE Now that summer is unofficially over and the glitterati have shuttered their cottages in the Hamptons, the regulars have begun to trickle into Michael's for catch-up power lunches. Things weren't exactly operating at full tilt today, but there were enough media mavens and moguls scattered around the dini... [Fishbowl NY]

Chris Matthews Stops by Michael's - Posted September 8, 2010
— DIANE CLEHANE Now that summer is unofficially over and the glitterati have shuttered their cottages in the Hamptons, the regulars have begun to trickle into Michael's for catch-up power lunches. Things weren't exactly operating at full tilt today, but there were enough media mavens and moguls scattered around the dini... [FishbowlNY]

David Carey, Linda Wells & The Power Lunch Diehards - Posted August 11, 2010
— DIANE CLEHANE A little birdie told us we missed Wyclef Jean by a day. Then, on Monday night, we hear the joint was jumping at Miramax's party for The Tillman Story with ... [Fishbowl NY]

David Carey, Linda Wells & The Power Lunch Diehards - Posted August 11, 2010
— DIANE CLEHANE A little birdie told us we missed Wyclef Jean by a day. Then, on Monday night, we hear the joint was jumping at Miramax's party for The Tillman Story with ... [FishbowlNY]

An Incognito Laurie Dhue & The Summer Swells - Posted July 28, 2010
— DIANE CLEHANE Even presidential gridlock couldn't keep the diehards away from Michael's today. While President Obama dished with the gals on The View across town, the usual mix of media mavens, moguls and socialites pecked at... [Fishbowl NY]

An Incognito Laurie Dhue & The Summer Swells - Posted July 28, 2010
— DIANE CLEHANE Even presidential gridlock couldn't keep the diehards away from Michael's today. While President Obama dished with the gals on The View across town, the usual mix of media mavens, moguls and socialites pecked at... [FishbowlNY]

Richard Belzer, Deborah Norville & the Real Ari Gold! - Posted July 21, 2010
— DIANE CLEHANE The dog days have arrived. Just ask Richard Belzer, who showed up in the Michael's dining room today with his pooch tucked under his arm. (No word on what Fido ordered.) The rest of the crowd barely noticed as the usual... [Fishbowl NY]

Richard Belzer, Deborah Norville & the Real Ari Gold! - Posted July 21, 2010
— DIANE CLEHANE The dog days have arrived. Just ask Richard Belzer, who showed up in the Michael's dining room today with his pooch tucked under his arm. (No word on what Fido ordered.) The rest of the crowd barely noticed as the usual... [FishbowlNY]

Peggy Siegal, Pamela Fiori & the Winner of Lunch with Laurel - Posted June 30, 2010
— DIANE CLEHANE While the regulars in the dining room at Michael's chatted about their plans for the upcoming holiday weekend, it seemed only fitting that my lunch today was with Laurie Haspel Aronson, president of Haspel, the q... [Fishbowl NY]

Peggy Siegal, Pamela Fiori & the Winner of Lunch with Laurel - Posted June 30, 2010
— DIANE CLEHANE While the regulars in the dining room at Michael's chatted about their plans for the upcoming holiday weekend, it seemed only fitting that my lunch today was with Laurie Haspel Aronson, president of Haspel, the q... [FishbowlNY]

Alex McCord & Simon van Kempen Serve Up Some Tasty 'Real Housewives' Dish - Posted June 23, 2010
— DIANE CLEHANE There's never a dull moment on a Wednesday at Michael's. When I arrived in the dining room today I spotted LX TV's senior executive producer Amy Rosenblum shooting a segment for tonight's show with host ... [Fishbowl NY]

Alex McCord & Simon van Kempen Serve Up Some Tasty 'Real Housewives' Dish - Posted June 23, 2010
— DIANE CLEHANE There's never a dull moment on a Wednesday at Michael's. When I arrived in the dining room today I spotted LX TV's senior executive producer Amy Rosenblum shooting a segment for tonight's show with host ... [FishbowlNY]

Does Sopranos Creator David Chase Ever Smile? - Posted June 16, 2010
— DIANE CLEHANE We missed Michael Douglas by a day. Oh well, there was enough going on with the usual suspects in the Michael's dining room that we barely had time to eat. After making the rounds to check in with the regulars, I saw t... [Fishbowl NY]

Does Sopranos Creator David Chase Ever Smile? - Posted June 16, 2010
— DIANE CLEHANE We missed Michael Douglas by a day. Oh well, there was enough going on with the usual suspects in the Michael's dining room that we barely had time to eat. After making the rounds to check in with the regulars, I saw t... [FishbowlNY]

Jimmy Buffett, Dr. Ruth and the Usual Suspects - Posted June 9, 2010
— DIANE CLEHANE Those corporate bean counters that put a crimp in expense accounts all over town must be loosening up a bit, because it was SRO today at Michael's. A slew of magazine folks (See, print isn't dead after all!), media mavens and the requisite flock of social swans were packed... [Fishbowl NY]

Jimmy Buffett, Dr. Ruth and the Usual Suspects - Posted June 9, 2010
— DIANE CLEHANE Those corporate bean counters that put a crimp in expense accounts all over town must be loosening up a bit, because it was SRO today at Michael's. A slew of magazine folks (See, print isn't dead after all!), media mavens and the requisite flock of social swans were packed... [FishbowlNY]

Liz Lange & Cindi Leive Take a Bite out of the Home Shopping Market - Posted June 2, 2010
— DIANE CLEHANE Evidently, you're nobody these days unless you're hawking something on one of those hypnotic home shopping networks. Come on, confess: Who hasn't bought something that just happened to catch their eye while flipping through the channels looking for Bravo's wacky Housewives? I chatted with no les... [Fishbowl NY]

Liz Lange & Cindi Leive Take a Bite out of the Home Shopping Market - Posted June 2, 2010
— DIANE CLEHANE Evidently, you're nobody these days unless you're hawking something on one of those hypnotic home shopping networks. Come on, confess: Who hasn't bought something that just happened to catch their eye while flipping through the channels looking for Bravo's wacky Housewives? I chatted with no les... [FishbowlNY]

Deborah Norville, Cindi Leive & A Slew of Fashionable Folks - Posted May 26, 2010
— DIANE CLEHANE Sometimes it seems like all roads lead to Michael's, and today was no exception. Everyone in the place seemed connected by less than six degrees of separation, as we observed plenty of old friends and former colleagues exchanging air kisses before dining and dishing. Then there was the completely... [Fishbowl NY]

Deborah Norville, Cindi Leive & A Slew of Fashionable Folks - Posted May 26, 2010
— DIANE CLEHANE Sometimes it seems like all roads lead to Michael's, and today was no exception. Everyone in the place seemed connected by less than six degrees of separation, as we observed plenty of old friends and former colleagues exchanging air kisses before dining and dishing. Then there was the completely... [FishbowlNY]

Ralph Lauren, Jenna Bush, and the Media Mob - Posted May 19, 2010
— DIANE CLEHANE It was good to be back at my regular perch at Michael's today after a nasty bug kept me home last week. I returned to a scene buzzing with a head-spinning mix of fashion designers, famous faces, and the requisite media moguls. Don't these people ever take a day... [Fishbowl NY]

Ralph Lauren, Jenna Bush, and the Media Mob - Posted May 19, 2010
— DIANE CLEHANE It was good to be back at my regular perch at Michael's today after a nasty bug kept me home last week. I returned to a scene buzzing with a head-spinning mix of fashion designers, famous faces, and the requisite media moguls. Don't these people ever take a day... [FishbowlNY]

Lunch: Soledad O'Brien Talks Helping Haiti's Children - Posted April 14, 2010
— DIANE CLEHANE The media mob was out in force today at Michael's and we spotted plenty of table hopping between bites. It was fascinating to see all the head honchos make the rounds while checking in with the competition. Who needs to eat anyway? I was joined today by CNN's anchor and... [Fishbowl NY]

Lunch: Soledad O'Brien Talks Helping Haiti's Children - Posted April 14, 2010
— DIANE CLEHANE The media mob was out in force today at Michael's and we spotted plenty of table hopping between bites. It was fascinating to see all the head honchos make the rounds while checking in with the competition. Who needs to eat anyway? I was joined today by CNN's anchor and... [FishbowlNY]

Lunch: Happy Birthday Donna Hanover & Paula Zahn - Posted February 24, 2010
— DIANE CLEHANE If it's Wednesday, it's party time at Michael's. We're still recovering from the head spinning spectacle of last week's A-list lunch for James Cameron. This week, the celebration was a tad more ... [Fishbowl NY]

Lunch: Happy Birthday Donna Hanover & Paula Zahn - Posted February 24, 2010
— DIANE CLEHANE If it's Wednesday, it's party time at Michael's. We're still recovering from the head spinning spectacle of last week's A-list lunch for James Cameron. This week, the celebration was a tad more ... [FishbowlNY]

Lunch: James Cameron's Oscar Campaign Comes to Michael's - Posted February 17, 2010
— DIANE CLEHANE It was Hollywood on the Hudson at Michael's today as Peggy Siegal hosted one of her legendary lunches right smack in the middle of the dining room. Today's guest of honor was ... [Fishbowl NY]

Lunch: James Cameron's Oscar Campaign Comes to Michael's - Posted February 17, 2010
— DIANE CLEHANE It was Hollywood on the Hudson at Michael's today as Peggy Siegal hosted one of her legendary lunches right smack in the middle of the dining room. Today's guest of honor was ... [FishbowlNY]

Lunch: 'Heroine' Julie Menin Takes On Washington: "Move the 9/11 Trial!" - Posted February 3, 2010
— DIANE CLEHANE When I met Julie Menin a few weeks ago in the Michael's dining room and made a date for lunch, I was expecting to chat about her fabulous new show, Give and Take, which airs on Sunday nig... [Fishbowl NY]

Lunch: 'Heroine' Julie Menin Takes On Washington: "Move the 9/11 Trial!" - Posted February 3, 2010
— DIANE CLEHANE When I met Julie Menin a few weeks ago in the Michael's dining room and made a date for lunch, I was expecting to chat about her fabulous new show, Give and Take, which airs on Sunday nig... [FishbowlNY]

Former Times Antiques Columnist Moonan Finds New Home - Posted January 21, 2010
Longtime New York Times antiques columnist Wendy Moonan has found a new place to sound off on objects and design. Starting this week, she'll be covering fine art and dec... [Fishbowl NY]

Former Times Antiques Columnist Moonan Finds New Home - Posted January 21, 2010
Longtime New York Times antiques columnist Wendy Moonan has found a new place to sound off on objects and design. Starting this week, she'll be covering fine art and dec... [FishbowlNY]

Lunch: Kathie Lee Gifford and Friends Grab a Bite Before Broadway - Posted January 13, 2010
— DIANE CLEHANE It's nice to see there are still plenty of writers who can afford to eat at swanky restaurants these days. Today, the dining room at Michael's was brimming with scribes of every stripe and their fabulous friends. I was heartened to hear from a handful of fellow scribes that... [Fishbowl NY]

Lunch: Kathie Lee Gifford and Friends Grab a Bite Before Broadway - Posted January 13, 2010
— DIANE CLEHANE It's nice to see there are still plenty of writers who can afford to eat at swanky restaurants these days. Today, the dining room at Michael's was brimming with scribes of every stripe and their fabulous friends. I was heartened to hear from a handful of fellow scribes that... [FishbowlNY]

Lunch: Jermaine Jackson Stops By Michael's - Posted December 2, 2009
— DIANE CLEHANE The joint was jumping today at Michael's as usual, but there's always room for one more when the random headline-grabbing celebrity makes an unannounced appearance. No matter that Jermaine Jackson... [Fishbowl NY]

Lunch: Jermaine Jackson Stops By Michael's - Posted December 2, 2009
— DIANE CLEHANE The joint was jumping today at Michael's as usual, but there's always room for one more when the random headline-grabbing celebrity makes an unannounced appearance. No matter that Jermaine Jackson... [FishbowlNY]

Lunch: Special Evening Edition as Michael's Celebrates 20 Years - Posted November 5, 2009
— DIANE CLEHANE As much as we enjoy observing the social customs of the various media tribes during our Wednesday lunches at Michael's, we jumped at the chance to mingle with the natives last night as they roamed free from the pecking order in the dining room. ... [Fishbowl NY]

Lunch: Special Evening Edition as Michael's Celebrates 20 Years - Posted November 5, 2009
— DIANE CLEHANE As much as we enjoy observing the social customs of the various media tribes during our Wednesday lunches at Michael's, we jumped at the chance to mingle with the natives last night as they roamed free from the pecking order in the dining room. ... [FishbowlNY]

Lunch: Power Blondes Rule! Katie Couric, Tina Brown and Barbara Walters Hold Court - Posted July 22, 2009
— DIANE CLEHANE Today at Michael's, they were dishing like it was 2007. As if the head-spinning assortment of media alpha gals (Katie! Tina! Barbara!) wasn't enough to keep us busy, the dining room, bar and lounge was jam-packed with mavens and moguls of all stripes who barely made time to peck... [Fishbowl NY]

Lunch: Power Blondes Rule! Katie Couric, Tina Brown and Barbara Walters Hold Court - Posted July 22, 2009
— DIANE CLEHANE Today at Michael's, they were dishing like it was 2007. As if the head-spinning assortment of media alpha gals (Katie! Tina! Barbara!) wasn't enough to keep us busy, the dining room, bar and lounge was jam-packed with mavens and moguls of all stripes who barely made time to peck... [FishbowlNY]

Lunch: Charlie Rose, Fern Mallis & Tina Brown - Posted June 24, 2009
— DIANE CLEHANE Forget about the summer doldrums: Even though the sun's not shining today, Michael's was hot, hot, hot and so jam-packed I could barely get a bite in edgewise as I tried to keep up with the air-kissing action in the dining room. Despite the dreadful weather (and its dampening... [Fishbowl NY]

Lunch: Charlie Rose, Fern Mallis & Tina Brown - Posted June 24, 2009
— DIANE CLEHANE Forget about the summer doldrums: Even though the sun's not shining today, Michael's was hot, hot, hot and so jam-packed I could barely get a bite in edgewise as I tried to keep up with the air-kissing action in the dining room. Despite the dreadful weather (and its dampening... [FishbowlNY]

Lunch: Hoda Kotb & Bravo's Housewives Hold Court - Posted June 17, 2009
— DIANE CLEHANE It was SRO at Michael's today, and although the place was filled to the brim with movers and shakers of every stripe, all eyes were on table one: Today's Hoda Kotb presided over a raucous l... [Fishbowl NY]

Lunch: Hoda Kotb & Bravo's Housewives Hold Court - Posted June 17, 2009
— DIANE CLEHANE It was SRO at Michael's today, and although the place was filled to the brim with movers and shakers of every stripe, all eyes were on table one: Today's Hoda Kotb presided over a raucous l... [FishbowlNY]

Lunch: Cindi Leive, Harold Ford, Jr. & The Gang - Posted June 10, 2009
— DIANE CLEHANE We heard we missed quite a scene yesterday when the dining room was filled with the likes of dirty joke diva Sarah Silverman, ... [Fishbowl NY]

Lunch: Cindi Leive, Harold Ford, Jr. & The Gang - Posted June 10, 2009
— DIANE CLEHANE We heard we missed quite a scene yesterday when the dining room was filled with the likes of dirty joke diva Sarah Silverman, ... [FishbowlNY]

Lunch: Happy Birthday, Cathie Black! - Posted April 29, 2009
— DIANE CLEHANE We missed Evander Holyfield by a day, but there was plenty of action to keep our attention in Michael's jam-packed dining room today. Between the surprise birthday party for Hearst Magazines... [Fishbowl NY]

Lunch: Happy Birthday, Cathie Black! - Posted April 29, 2009
— DIANE CLEHANE We missed Evander Holyfield by a day, but there was plenty of action to keep our attention in Michael's jam-packed dining room today. Between the surprise birthday party for Hearst Magazines... [FishbowlNY]

Lunch: Dishing With Dolly Parton - Posted April 22, 2009
— DIANE CLEHANE Sure, it's fun checking in with the media mavens and moguls during our weekly Wednesday outings at Michael's, but sometimes it's the random celebrity sighting that can be the most entertaining. When I heard that ... [Fishbowl NY]

Lunch: Dishing With Dolly Parton - Posted April 22, 2009
— DIANE CLEHANE Sure, it's fun checking in with the media mavens and moguls during our weekly Wednesday outings at Michael's, but sometimes it's the random celebrity sighting that can be the most entertaining. When I heard that ... [FishbowlNY]

Lunch: Ben Bradlee -- Fewer Newspapers May Not Be 'Such A Bad Thing' - Posted April 1, 2009
— DIANE CLEHANE It was truly a head-spinning afternoon at Michael's today. The joint was jumping with so many movers and shakers we could barely keep up with all the goings on, but we did a few laps around the dining room to catch up with the boldface names and those media... [Fishbowl NY]

Lunch: Ben Bradlee -- Fewer Newspapers May Not Be 'Such A Bad Thing' - Posted April 1, 2009
— DIANE CLEHANE It was truly a head-spinning afternoon at Michael's today. The joint was jumping with so many movers and shakers we could barely keep up with all the goings on, but we did a few laps around the dining room to catch up with the boldface names and those media... [FishbowlNY]

Lunch: Bill Bradley, Norman Pearlstine & The Media Mavens - Posted March 25, 2009
— DIANE CLEHANE It's a lo-cal edition of lunch today. We're chalking it up to near Spring-like weather (I don't know about you, but I'm burning my winter coat when we finally have two days over 60) and plenty of recent rumblings about companies tightening the reins on expense accounts. What's a... [Fishbowl NY]

Lunch: Bill Bradley, Norman Pearlstine & The Media Mavens - Posted March 25, 2009
— DIANE CLEHANE It's a lo-cal edition of lunch today. We're chalking it up to near Spring-like weather (I don't know about you, but I'm burning my winter coat when we finally have two days over 60) and plenty of recent rumblings about companies tightening the reins on expense accounts. What's a... [FishbowlNY]

Lunch: Dishing With The Usual Suspects - Posted March 18, 2009
— DIANE CLEHANE The regulars were out in force today at Michael's as media mavens, moguls and social types were deep in conversation around the jam-packed dining room. Everyone, it seems, had plenty to talk about, including the terrible news of ... [Fishbowl NY]

Lunch: Dishing With The Usual Suspects - Posted March 18, 2009
— DIANE CLEHANE The regulars were out in force today at Michael's as media mavens, moguls and social types were deep in conversation around the jam-packed dining room. Everyone, it seems, had plenty to talk about, including the terrible news of ... [FishbowlNY]

Lunch: A Heaping Helping of The Usual Suspects - Posted March 4, 2009
— DIANE CLEHANE It's a lo-cal edition of 'Lunch' today. After all, you can't expect to indulge in a diet rich in celebs and boldface names every week. We've spoiled you, I know. (By the way, if you're looking to chat with some big-time media mavens and news makers, don't miss the... [Fishbowl NY]

Lunch: A Heaping Helping of The Usual Suspects - Posted March 4, 2009
— DIANE CLEHANE It's a lo-cal edition of 'Lunch' today. After all, you can't expect to indulge in a diet rich in celebs and boldface names every week. We've spoiled you, I know. (By the way, if you're looking to chat with some big-time media mavens and news makers, don't miss the... [FishbowlNY]

Lunch: Dishing on the Oscars & Obama - Posted February 25, 2009
— DIANE CLEHANE As I've been reporting for weeks, it was SRO at Michael's today as the movers and shakers, undeterred by the unsettling economic news, were out in full force plotting their next big move -- or looking for a safe place to land. On the menu today: plenty of talk... [Fishbowl NY]

Lunch: Dishing on the Oscars & Obama - Posted February 25, 2009
— DIANE CLEHANE As I've been reporting for weeks, it was SRO at Michael's today as the movers and shakers, undeterred by the unsettling economic news, were out in full force plotting their next big move -- or looking for a safe place to land. On the menu today: plenty of talk... [FishbowlNY]

Lunch: Tina Brown & Barbara Walters Break Bread; Jonathan Wald Works The Room - Posted February 4, 2009
— DIANE CLEHANE It's a little disconcerting these days when no matter where you go in the city, the streets seem quieter than usual, and there are 10 cabs lined up outside Grand Central any time we need one. But we've observed an interesting phenomenon: The worse the economic news, the busier... [Fishbowl NY]

Lunch: Tina Brown & Barbara Walters Break Bread; Jonathan Wald Works The Room - Posted February 4, 2009
— DIANE CLEHANE It's a little disconcerting these days when no matter where you go in the city, the streets seem quieter than usual, and there are 10 cabs lined up outside Grand Central any time we need one. But we've observed an interesting phenomenon: The worse the economic news, the busier... [FishbowlNY]

Lunch: Special Post-Inauguration Edition - Posted January 21, 2009
— DIANE CLEHANE The mood was festive at Michael's today, with plenty of Obama buttons on display and lots of talk about the president's stirring inaugural address. Jack Kliger told me, "I thought the whole thing ... [Fishbowl NY]

Lunch: Special Post-Inauguration Edition - Posted January 21, 2009
— DIANE CLEHANE The mood was festive at Michael's today, with plenty of Obama buttons on display and lots of talk about the president's stirring inaugural address. Jack Kliger told me, "I thought the whole thing ... [FishbowlNY]

Lunch: Musical Chairs With Sir Paul McCartney - Posted January 14, 2009
— DIANE CLEHANE So you think you've got problems? Paul McCartney (that's Sir Paul to you) arrived at Michael's today shortly before noon to scope out a table for a quiet lunch with ... [Fishbowl NY]

Lunch: Musical Chairs With Sir Paul McCartney - Posted January 14, 2009
— DIANE CLEHANE So you think you've got problems? Paul McCartney (that's Sir Paul to you) arrived at Michael's today shortly before noon to scope out a table for a quiet lunch with ... [FishbowlNY]

Lunch: Tom Brokaw Holds Court; Jane Friedman Works The Room - Posted December 17, 2008
— DIANE CLEHANE 'Tis the season to be lunching, and the usual A-list suspects were out in force today with plenty of glad-handing and air kissing all around. Maybe it's because this is (mercifully) the last full week of work for the year or perhaps it's just because everyone is tired of... [Fishbowl NY]

Lunch: Tom Brokaw Holds Court; Jane Friedman Works The Room - Posted December 17, 2008
— DIANE CLEHANE 'Tis the season to be lunching, and the usual A-list suspects were out in force today with plenty of glad-handing and air kissing all around. Maybe it's because this is (mercifully) the last full week of work for the year or perhaps it's just because everyone is tired of... [FishbowlNY]

Lunch: Why So Glum, Anna Wintour & Ralph Lauren? - Posted December 10, 2008
— DIANE CLEHANE It was standing room only at Michael's today with a head-spinning assortment of movers and mavens doing some serious table-hopping between bites. We were brightened to see there was a dash of celebrating between all the intense conversations that were going on all around. It's t... [Fishbowl NY]

Lunch: Why So Glum, Anna Wintour & Ralph Lauren? - Posted December 10, 2008
— DIANE CLEHANE It was standing room only at Michael's today with a head-spinning assortment of movers and mavens doing some serious table-hopping between bites. We were brightened to see there was a dash of celebrating between all the intense conversations that were going on all around. It's t... [FishbowlNY]

Lunch: Barry Diller, Jeff Zucker & The Magazine Mob - Posted November 19, 2008
— DIANE CLEHANE What recession? The usual power quotient found on any given Wednesday at Michael's went into overdrive today as the gals at the front desk had so many media moguls, magazine mavens and talking heads lining up to dine and dish today, they had to shoehorn in extra tables all... [Fishbowl NY]

Lunch: Barry Diller, Jeff Zucker & The Magazine Mob - Posted November 19, 2008
— DIANE CLEHANE What recession? The usual power quotient found on any given Wednesday at Michael's went into overdrive today as the gals at the front desk had so many media moguls, magazine mavens and talking heads lining up to dine and dish today, they had to shoehorn in extra tables all... [FishbowlNY]

Lunch: Jane Fonda & Jerry Seinfeld -- That's Entertainment! - Posted October 29, 2008
— DIANE CLEHANE It's always those random celebrity sightings at Michael's that make my weekly Wednesday visits much more fun. Today certainly didn't disappoint. When a little birdie told me Jerry Seinfeld woul... [Fishbowl NY]

Lunch: Jane Fonda & Jerry Seinfeld -- That's Entertainment! - Posted October 29, 2008
— DIANE CLEHANE It's always those random celebrity sightings at Michael's that make my weekly Wednesday visits much more fun. Today certainly didn't disappoint. When a little birdie told me Jerry Seinfeld woul... [FishbowlNY]

Lunch: Joy Behar, Star Jones & Another Sarah Palin Doppelganger - Posted October 8, 2008
— DIANE CLEHANE What recession? The joint was jumping at Michael's today. Media mavens, television types and fashionistas were still trying to digest the week's head spinning events but, in true New York style, weren't letting a worldwide tanking economy get in the way of a good time. There was... [Fishbowl NY]

Lunch: Joy Behar, Star Jones & Another Sarah Palin Doppelganger - Posted October 8, 2008
— DIANE CLEHANE What recession? The joint was jumping at Michael's today. Media mavens, television types and fashionistas were still trying to digest the week's head spinning events but, in true New York style, weren't letting a worldwide tanking economy get in the way of a good time. There was... [FishbowlNY]

Lunch: Les Moonves, Barry Diller & Kathleen Turner - Posted September 3, 2008
— DIANE CLEHANE Forget the lazy days of summer. Class is back in session as the cool kids returned to the cafeteria today in force. The scene at Michael's was a tasty stew of moguls and media mavens with a side order of the random celebrity sighting -- ... [Fishbowl NY]

Lunch: Les Moonves, Barry Diller & Kathleen Turner - Posted September 3, 2008
— DIANE CLEHANE Forget the lazy days of summer. Class is back in session as the cool kids returned to the cafeteria today in force. The scene at Michael's was a tasty stew of moguls and media mavens with a side order of the random celebrity sighting -- ... [FishbowlNY]

Lunch: Where the Magic Happens - Posted July 30, 2008
— DIANE CLEHANE I thought I'd seen just about everything from my regular perch at Michael's during my weekly visits, but today topped all. They were serving up sides of card tricks with the Cobb salads today and the gang was just eating it up. When I arrived, illusionist ... [Fishbowl NY]

Lunch: Where the Magic Happens - Posted July 30, 2008
— DIANE CLEHANE I thought I'd seen just about everything from my regular perch at Michael's during my weekly visits, but today topped all. They were serving up sides of card tricks with the Cobb salads today and the gang was just eating it up. When I arrived, illusionist ... [FishbowlNY]

Lunch: Hillary—Obama Smackdown! - Posted May 28, 2008
— DIANE CLEHANE Bill Clinton isn't the only one who is getting a little testy about the endlessly long and increasingly tabloid-y battle for the democratic nomination. At today's lunch, politics were on the menu... [Fishbowl NY]

Lunch: Hillary—Obama Smackdown! - Posted May 28, 2008
— DIANE CLEHANE Bill Clinton isn't the only one who is getting a little testy about the endlessly long and increasingly tabloid-y battle for the democratic nomination. At today's lunch, politics were on the menu... [FishbowlNY]

Lunch: Politics As Usual - Posted April 23, 2008
— DIANE CLEHANE Timing is everything. Just ask Hillary Clinton. If we'd come a day earlier we would have dined with Karl Rove. (Well, okay, we'd have been in the same room.) Our spy says the sight of 'Bush's brain'-turned-Fox commentator at table five had the j... [Fishbowl NY]

Lunch: Politics As Usual - Posted April 23, 2008
— DIANE CLEHANE Timing is everything. Just ask Hillary Clinton. If we'd come a day earlier we would have dined with Karl Rove. (Well, okay, we'd have been in the same room.) Our spy says the sight of 'Bush's brain'-turned-Fox commentator at table five had the j... [FishbowlNY]

Lunch: The British Are Coming — Tomorrow! - Posted March 19, 2008
— DIANE CLEHANE We're still exhausted from hob nobbing with last week's overflow of A-listers, so we were almost glad things were a bit more subdued at 55th & Fifth today. It gave us a cha... [Fishbowl NY]

Lunch: The British Are Coming — Tomorrow! - Posted March 19, 2008
— DIANE CLEHANE We're still exhausted from hob nobbing with last week's overflow of A-listers, so we were almost glad things were a bit more subdued at 55th & Fifth today. It gave us a cha... [FishbowlNY]

Lunch: Valerie Bertinelli Weighs In - Posted March 12, 2008
— DIANE CLEHANE As much as we love our bird's eye perch from the bar, it's always a treat when we're invited to dine in the grown up section — especially when the scene is as head-spinning as it was today. Hallmark Channel's senior vice president Jen Geisser and her power... [Fishbowl NY]

Lunch: Valerie Bertinelli Weighs In - Posted March 12, 2008
— DIANE CLEHANE As much as we love our bird's eye perch from the bar, it's always a treat when we're invited to dine in the grown up section — especially when the scene is as head-spinning as it was today. Hallmark Channel's senior vice president Jen Geisser and her power... [FishbowlNY]

Lunch: Captain Picard, I Presume? - Posted February 20, 2008
— DIANE CLEHANE Between the heinous weather that has us nursing what must be walking pneumonia, a deadly dull award season (Does anybody really care about the Oscars without the parties?) and some mind-numbingly bad television we've been forced to endure (What the hell happened to Nip/Tuck... [Fishbowl NY]

Lunch: Captain Picard, I Presume? - Posted February 20, 2008
— DIANE CLEHANE Between the heinous weather that has us nursing what must be walking pneumonia, a deadly dull award season (Does anybody really care about the Oscars without the parties?) and some mind-numbingly bad television we've been forced to endure (What the hell happened to Nip/Tuck... [FishbowlNY]

Lunch At Michael's: Paging George Clooney! Fern Mallis is Saving You a Seat at Fashion Week! - Posted January 23, 2008
— DIANE CLEHANE What recession? The dining room at 55th & Fifth was buzzing with the usual assemblage of bold face names, social swans and television types that tucked into their Cobb salads with gusto while digesting some of the week's harrowing headlines. Hollywood figured heavily into many... [Fishbowl NY]

Lunch At Michael's: Paging George Clooney! Fern Mallis is Saving You a Seat at Fashion Week! - Posted January 23, 2008
— DIANE CLEHANE What recession? The dining room at 55th & Fifth was buzzing with the usual assemblage of bold face names, social swans and television types that tucked into their Cobb salads with gusto while digesting some of the week's harrowing headlines. Hollywood figured heavily into many... [FishbowlNY]

Lunch At Michael's: Lance Armstrong — For Governor? - Posted November 28, 2007
— DIANE CLEHANE Remember a few weeks back when I promised Lunch readers a full report on the off chance we had our own encounter Lance Armstrong... [Fishbowl NY]

Lunch At Michael's: Lance Armstrong — For Governor? - Posted November 28, 2007
— DIANE CLEHANE Remember a few weeks back when I promised Lunch readers a full report on the off chance we had our own encounter Lance Armstrong... [FishbowlNY]

Lunch At Michael's: A 'Roomful of Bitches' - Posted August 22, 2007
[EDITOR'S NOTE: Sure, the media world shuts down in late August — and our Lunch At Michael's column takes a breather to regroup — but we wouldn't let those of you chained to your desks down. This week and next we're running favorite columns from the past... [Fishbowl NY]

Lunch At Michael's: A 'Roomful of Bitches' - Posted August 22, 2007
[EDITOR'S NOTE: Sure, the media world shuts down in late August — and our Lunch At Michael's column takes a breather to regroup — but we wouldn't let those of you chained to your desks down. This week and next we're running favorite columns from the past... [FishbowlNY]

Lunch At Michael's: The Dog Days Are Here! - Posted August 8, 2007
— DIANE CLEHANE The morning monsoon that shut down the city for several hours kept all but the true diehards away today at 55th & Fifth. Even general manager Steve Millington was kept from his post due to a weather-related nanny nightmare (we can relate). Others, like our pal... [Fishbowl NY]

Lunch At Michael's: The Dog Days Are Here! - Posted August 8, 2007
— DIANE CLEHANE The morning monsoon that shut down the city for several hours kept all but the true diehards away today at 55th & Fifth. Even general manager Steve Millington was kept from his post due to a weather-related nanny nightmare (we can relate). Others, like our pal... [FishbowlNY]

Lunch at Michael's: Joan Rivers, Deepak Chopra & The Today Gang - Posted July 11, 2007
— DIANE CLEHANE The scene at 55th & Fifth was more subdued than usual today with most of the regulars nowhere to be seen. With an unusually high number of "civilians" milling about, it seemed unlikely we'd get our weekly boldfaced name fix this go round. Imagine our delight when Joan ... [Fishbowl NY]

Lunch at Michael's: Joan Rivers, Deepak Chopra & The Today Gang - Posted July 11, 2007
— DIANE CLEHANE The scene at 55th & Fifth was more subdued than usual today with most of the regulars nowhere to be seen. With an unusually high number of "civilians" milling about, it seemed unlikely we'd get our weekly boldfaced name fix this go round. Imagine our delight when Joan ... [FishbowlNY]

Lunch at Michael's: Peggy Siegal: 'I Want It Now' - Posted June 20, 2007
Perhaps it was the schizophrenic weather that kept most of the familiar faces and celebrity diners away. It was a pretty subdued crowd at 55th & Fifth today. No big stars of stage, screen and nary an editor in sight. (Okay, Kathie Lee Gifford was there.... [Fishbowl NY]

Lunch at Michael's: Peggy Siegal: 'I Want It Now' - Posted June 20, 2007
Perhaps it was the schizophrenic weather that kept most of the familiar faces and celebrity diners away. It was a pretty subdued crowd at 55th & Fifth today. No big stars of stage, screen and nary an editor in sight. (Okay, Kathie Lee Gifford was there.... [FishbowlNY]

Lunch at Michael's: Al & Meredith Talk Skateboarding - Posted May 30, 2007
On the menu today: a tasty stew of media moguls and television titans with a dash of talking heads to spice things up. After making the rounds and checking in with some of our favorite regulars, we were thrilled to chat with our good pals Today's Meredith ... [Fishbowl NY]

Lunch at Michael's: Al & Meredith Talk Skateboarding - Posted May 30, 2007
On the menu today: a tasty stew of media moguls and television titans with a dash of talking heads to spice things up. After making the rounds and checking in with some of our favorite regulars, we were thrilled to chat with our good pals Today's Meredith ... [FishbowlNY]

Lunch at Michael's: Tina Brown's Bathroom Promise - Posted May 16, 2007
We were expecting a celeb sighting or two since it's Upfront time — the week the networks trot out their overpaid and underfed stars to shill for their supper — but alas, there were no signs of McDreamy or Matthew Fox anywhere. (Thankfully, we d... [Fishbowl NY]

Lunch at Michael's: Tina Brown's Bathroom Promise - Posted May 16, 2007
We were expecting a celeb sighting or two since it's Upfront time — the week the networks trot out their overpaid and underfed stars to shill for their supper — but alas, there were no signs of McDreamy or Matthew Fox anywhere. (Thankfully, we d... [FishbowlNY]

Lunch at Michael's: Blood! Explosions! Dueling Weathermen! - Posted May 9, 2007
Perhaps it was the nice weather. Or maybe a hangover from the Time 100 party last night. Today's media lunch at 55th & Fifth was relatively full, but lacked the star power of lunches past (no heads of state nor ... [Fishbowl NY]

Lunch at Michael's: Blood! Explosions! Dueling Weathermen! - Posted May 9, 2007
Perhaps it was the nice weather. Or maybe a hangover from the Time 100 party last night. Today's media lunch at 55th & Fifth was relatively full, but lacked the star power of lunches past (no heads of state nor ... [FishbowlNY]

Lunch at Michael's: Wesley Clark & A Model Mystery - Posted April 25, 2007
We missed Jane Fonda by a day. Today's lunch crowd was lacking the star power we've come to expect on our weekly visits so while we were disappointed our usual perch at the bar had been usurped by an unidentified exec, we didn't miss much from our less than... [Fishbowl NY]

Lunch at Michael's: Wesley Clark & A Model Mystery - Posted April 25, 2007
We missed Jane Fonda by a day. Today's lunch crowd was lacking the star power we've come to expect on our weekly visits so while we were disappointed our usual perch at the bar had been usurped by an unidentified exec, we didn't miss much from our less than... [FishbowlNY]

Lunch at Michael's: Brokaw & Burns Break Bread - Posted March 28, 2007
The scene at 55th & Fifth was bustling as always thanks to one iconic newsman (we always sit up a little straighter when Tom Brokaw is in the room), a mix of movie moguls and the usual roundup of public relations pitchmen and women. Peggy Siegal... [Fishbowl NY]

Lunch at Michael's: Brokaw & Burns Break Bread - Posted March 28, 2007
The scene at 55th & Fifth was bustling as always thanks to one iconic newsman (we always sit up a little straighter when Tom Brokaw is in the room), a mix of movie moguls and the usual roundup of public relations pitchmen and women. Peggy Siegal... [FishbowlNY]

Lunch at Michael's: Post-Hasselhoff, All Business - Posted March 21, 2007
We're guessing many of our favorite media celebrity regulars have headed south with their families for spring break or to rev up from the endless winter doldrums that have left us feeling a bit grumpy. Today, the tables were packed with a cross section of Prada and Gucci ... [Fishbowl NY]

Lunch at Michael's: Post-Hasselhoff, All Business - Posted March 21, 2007
We're guessing many of our favorite media celebrity regulars have headed south with their families for spring break or to rev up from the endless winter doldrums that have left us feeling a bit grumpy. Today, the tables were packed with a cross section of Prada and Gucci ... [FishbowlNY]

Lunch at Michael's: Tina Brown, Downright Subdued - Posted March 14, 2007
On the menu at today's lunch: a tasty stew of pop culture icons, publishing legends and power brokers — with a side of TV's young-ish guns. There must have been big things afoot. Instead of the usual glad-handing and table-hopping, most diners were deep in conversatio... [Fishbowl NY]

Lunch at Michael's: Tina Brown, Downright Subdued - Posted March 14, 2007
On the menu at today's lunch: a tasty stew of pop culture icons, publishing legends and power brokers — with a side of TV's young-ish guns. There must have been big things afoot. Instead of the usual glad-handing and table-hopping, most diners were deep in conversatio... [FishbowlNY]

Lunch at Michael's: Is Dave Zinczenko Ready For Prime Time? - Posted February 28, 2007
Magazine moguls kept things interesting today at 55th and Fifth. Without the usual intriguing mix of celebrities (who were, undoubtedly still recovering from Oscar overload) to observe, we spent the afternoon wondering what the editors and behind-the-scenes execs were plo... [Fishbowl NY]

Lunch at Michael's: Is Dave Zinczenko Ready For Prime Time? - Posted February 28, 2007
Magazine moguls kept things interesting today at 55th and Fifth. Without the usual intriguing mix of celebrities (who were, undoubtedly still recovering from Oscar overload) to observe, we spent the afternoon wondering what the editors and behind-the-scenes execs were plo... [FishbowlNY]

Lunch at Michael's: Teddy, Liz & The Gang - Posted February 21, 2007
The dining room at Michael's was buzzing today with moguls and media mavens who did more than the usual amount of table-hopping between bites — standing-room only in the bustling lounge as the regulars and requisite movers and shakers were out in force. (Liz! Lesley! T... [Fishbowl NY]

Lunch at Michael's: Teddy, Liz & The Gang - Posted February 21, 2007
The dining room at Michael's was buzzing today with moguls and media mavens who did more than the usual amount of table-hopping between bites — standing-room only in the bustling lounge as the regulars and requisite movers and shakers were out in force. (Liz! Lesley! T... [FishbowlNY]

Lunch at Michael's: Valentine's Hangover - Posted February 15, 2007
It's the calm after the storm. The biggest — and only — snow storm of the season couldn't keep the movers and shakers away yesterday. On Valentine's Day the bustling dining room was host to a "low-key" birthday celebration hosted by Sherry Westin... [Fishbowl NY]

Lunch at Michael's: Valentine's Hangover - Posted February 15, 2007
It's the calm after the storm. The biggest — and only — snow storm of the season couldn't keep the movers and shakers away yesterday. On Valentine's Day the bustling dining room was host to a "low-key" birthday celebration hosted by Sherry Westin... [FishbowlNY]

Lunch at Michael's: Al Roker, Katie Joel and A Special Birthday Celebration - Posted February 8, 2007
No doubt by attending the Michael's Media Jamboree on a Thursday — due to flu and flood, a day later than mediabistro.com's customary weekly report on the media bigwigs who lunch — things were bound to be a little off-kilter. But as the slightly-less-than-packed c... [Fishbowl NY]

Lunch at Michael's: Al Roker, Katie Joel and A Special Birthday Celebration - Posted February 8, 2007
No doubt by attending the Michael's Media Jamboree on a Thursday — due to flu and flood, a day later than mediabistro.com's customary weekly report on the media bigwigs who lunch — things were bound to be a little off-kilter. But as the slightly-less-than-packed c... [FishbowlNY]

Lunch at Michael's: Ex-CBS News Prez Says Give Katie A Chance - Posted January 31, 2007
As much as we've come to enjoy our perch at the bar with its bird's eye view, we were thrilled when one of our favorite television titans, Andrew Heyward, invited us to join him and his guests for lunch. Today's lunchtime chronicler, Diane Clehane... [Fishbowl NY]

Lunch at Michael's: Ex-CBS News Prez Says Give Katie A Chance - Posted January 31, 2007
As much as we've come to enjoy our perch at the bar with its bird's eye view, we were thrilled when one of our favorite television titans, Andrew Heyward, invited us to join him and his guests for lunch. Today's lunchtime chronicler, Diane Clehane... [FishbowlNY]

Lunch at Michael's: Joan Rivers Keeps An Eye On The Door - Posted January 24, 2007
It was a typically atypical lunch crowd today at Michael's — Tom Brokaw here, Joan Rivers there, Cobb salads everywhere — making the Diet Cokes and Pellegrinos go down like fine wine. A quartet of Rubensteins — Howard, Richar... [Fishbowl NY]

Lunch at Michael's: Joan Rivers Keeps An Eye On The Door - Posted January 24, 2007
It was a typically atypical lunch crowd today at Michael's — Tom Brokaw here, Joan Rivers there, Cobb salads everywhere — making the Diet Cokes and Pellegrinos go down like fine wine. A quartet of Rubensteins — Howard, Richar... [FishbowlNY]

Lunch at Michael's: Gay Talese, John Huey and The Guys - Posted January 17, 2007
The scene at 55th and Fifth resembled something of a men's club today where the power suits -- and ties -- ruled. Media machers including Time Inc.'s editor-in-chief John Huey, ad man Jerry Della Femina and the sartorially splendid Ga... [Fishbowl NY]

Lunch at Michael's: Gay Talese, John Huey and The Guys - Posted January 17, 2007
The scene at 55th and Fifth resembled something of a men's club today where the power suits -- and ties -- ruled. Media machers including Time Inc.'s editor-in-chief John Huey, ad man Jerry Della Femina and the sartorially splendid Ga... [FishbowlNY]

Lunch at Michael's: A Kareem Dream - Posted January 10, 2007
It's official — the holidays are over! It's back to business, people! Now that the weather has finally turned cold (it is January, after all), things are heating up once again at Michael's. The dining room was abuzz with the usual mix of movers and shakers, mo... [Fishbowl NY]

Lunch at Michael's: A Kareem Dream - Posted January 10, 2007
It's official — the holidays are over! It's back to business, people! Now that the weather has finally turned cold (it is January, after all), things are heating up once again at Michael's. The dining room was abuzz with the usual mix of movers and shakers, mo... [FishbowlNY]

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