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Dave Zinczenko Defends Graydon Carter’s Waverly Inn After Post Critic’s Scathing Review

zinczenko_waverly_inn.jpgYesterday’s filleting of Graydon Carter‘s Waverly Inn by New York Post food critic Steve Cuozzo

THE other night at Waverly Inn & Garden, the world’s most crowded “not open yet” restaurant, the waiter didn’t know if truffles with $55 macaroni-and-cheese were black or white. Is this any way to launch the alleged new “center of Gotham’s café society universe”? Welcome to the most annoying new place to eat in a long time. The service is clunky, the phone number secret. And despite raking in the dough for two months, it’s in “previews” — meaning it ducks the press while incubating a colony of apparently beer-averse boldfaces (it’s Heineken or nothing).

… apparently caught the eye and sparked the ire of our favorite men’s magazine editor Dave Zinczenko, who provided his own review yesterday while dining at Michael’s:

Dave also weighed in on Steve Cuozzo’s less than glowing review of Graydon Carter’s new eatery, The Waverly Inn, that ran in today’s New York Post. “I’m offering the complete counterpoint,” says Dave. “The food is incredible, the service is wonderful.”

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    Lunch at Michael’s: A Kareem Dream

    lunch_at_michaels_logo.jpgIt’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, moguls and random celebrities (we understand Hugh Grant had a reservation but was stuck at the airport, darn it!) — and plenty of power suits. Even the most jaded regular craned their neck to catch a glimpse of basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar when he arrived shortly after 1:00. While we’re still awaiting the return of some of our favorite friends, there were plenty of boldface names to more than keep us interested.

    Here’s the rundown on who was dining and dishing today:

    1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and a group of unidentified handlers and executives. The NBA hall-of-famer cut a towering figure (he’s 7’2″ after all) as he made his way to his table stopping to shake Al Roker‘s hand en route. Sporting a Tonight Show bomber jacket and penny loafers, he arrived with a copy of his new book, On The Shoulders of Giants, due out at the end of this month from Simon & Schuster, tucked under his arm. The retired L.A. Laker, who has the reputation of being something of a gentle and generous giant himself, writes movingly of Harlem’s renaissance in the upcoming tome. Sounds interesting …

    2. Gerry Byrne and guests.

    3. MTV’s John Sykes, a hip looking dark-haired beauty and an unidentified gentleman.

    4. Norman Pearlstine, and we’re told, Fairchild’s Ed Nardozza.

    5. Stanley Jaffe.

    6. Today‘s Al Roker, his producer Jackie Olensky and our good pal Today show flack Lauren Kapp. The glowing new mom of two-month-old Oliver Darcy Wraps managed to tear herself away from her bouncing baby boy for the afternoon to catch up with her pals. She showed Diane Clehane, today’s lunchtime chronicler, lots of adorable pics of her bundle of joy. (We’re so impressed you’re out and about already!) Lauren, still on maternity leave, is back at her Today perch on March 1.

    7. Vogue‘s Andre Leon Talley and Manolo Blahnik’s main man, George Malkemus. ALT caused quite a stir yesterday at 55th & Fifth when he arrived with newly-minted superstar (and sure to be Oscar-nominated) Jennifer Hudson. We guessing Ms. Hudson is in line to get the full Vogue treatment in an upcoming issue now that she’s arrived on the A list due to her shattering performance in Dreamgirls. We’re also thinking that Andre will step in and style the plus-size glamour gal for the red carpet as he did for Sophie Okonedo (Hotel Rwanda) at last year’s Oscars.

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