Al Jazeera in the Grill

julian niccolini 1 2 Al Jazeera in the GrillNot everything has moved to Lincoln Center for Fashion Week. Last Wednesday, Anna Wintour and Ralph Lauren ate lunch together right here at the Four Seasons Restaurant. Just the two of them! Harvey Weinstein was here last week, too, eating with a banker. And he kept the banker waiting, which must mean he is important, right? I understand why he was late because he was coming from downtown, but nevertheless!

Yesterday, Eric Fischl came for lunch with Mary Boone. He was the only person wearing jeans in the whole restaurant, but we let him in, only because of who he is-you know, he is the new Picasso! Everyone was hugging and kissing him in the grill.

We had a wonderful Valentine’s Day menu that everyone loved because everything had a sexual innuendo. Guests could choose between Chivalrous Chateaubriand with Tingling Fingerling Potatoes or Hanky Panky Veal Shanky with Peek-a-Boo Polenta.

The big event of the week was of course Friday-Pete Peterson, David Rockefeller and Bill Clinton came for lunch. That was the second time the president came in two weeks. Can you imagine? And this time we prepared a special vegan meal so he could eat something. I can’t tell you what we prepared-it’s a secret! But President Clinton is always so gracious. He stopped and spoke to every person who wanted to meet him. He took a lot of pictures. I even took a photograph with him, and my wife came for the occasion! You should have seen it when he got up to leave. Everyone was googly-eyed and craning their necks to watch him.

Liz Smith-I love her!-and Billy Norwich also lunched here together on Friday. They sipped wine and ate scallops and fillet of sole. Ms. Smith looked very chic in a black leather jacket. What a nice lady. Two tables down from them was Harold Ford Jr. He was eating with an attractive brunette at the corner banquet.

In other less local political news, the prince was back from the Middle East. He came in for lunch late last week and began listening to Al Jazeera live on his iPhone in the corner of the Grill. When he heard that the Egyptian president was stepping down, he ran out of the restaurant. He said he was so excited that he couldn’t stay and that he would be back on Monday. Can you imagine? And he didn’t even eat his lunch! But don’t worry, he’ll still be paying for it!