No Rest for the Rich

The arrival of the holidays tends to lighten the mood of the dealmakers who call the Four Seasons home. Sign

The arrival of the holidays tends to lighten the mood of the dealmakers who call the Four Seasons home.

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Last week, we celebrated Thanksgiving with a $150-a-plate (ooh la la!) meal that attracted a celebratory crowd of about 600 people. We sold more white truffles, more caviar that day than any other day of the year. Martha Stewart was here, a guest of Dolly Lenz, and Martha spent more time in our kitchen than she did at her table. She snapped photos of the equipment and the staff, no doubt looking for cooking tips herself!

Also here for the holiday: A certain Middle Eastern prince, who is a regular at the restaurant. He was so taken with our white truffle risotto that he ordered three plates of it, all washed down with the finest Bordeaux. (A few days later, the prince, settled into his regular table in the Grill Room, was introduced to Mark Wahlberg, who was hosting a private lunch upstairs with Peggy Siegel. Can you imagine? The prince and the star of Boogie Nights?)

Steve Rattner, whose office used to be upstairs, has started to reappear in the restaurant, a welcome return. He toasted The New Yorker’s architecture critic, Paul Goldberger, on his birthday, part of what appears to be a concentrated push by Steve to reconnect with his journalist buddies.

Michael Ovitz was here Monday, with Chris Dixon, and Steve Schwarzman took over Pete Peterson‘s regular table while Pete was vacationing in Florida. (Pete would have loved the opportunity to celebrate his full-page interview in Sunday’s New York Times Magazine, but he was away. Crazy.)

Everyone is in such a celebratory mood. Last week, Mr. Schwarzman toasted his birthday with Jeffrey Rosen, a partner at Lazard, and Bob Rubin and Mort Zuckerman enjoyed a long, relaxed lunch.

Bring on the Champagne. Break out the caviar. The holidays are here!

 

Julian Niccolini is the co-owner of the Four Seasons restaurant in Manhattan.

No Rest for the Rich