The Hamishe Haute Spot

The NY Observer reports,

[I]n the spring of 2002, when Mayor Michael Bloomberg and State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver needed a natty spot to negotiate what would become one of the signature deals of the Mayor’s term—the legislation that gave him control of the city’s public schools—the two power machers did something different.
Taking a sharp turn at Park Avenue and 49th Street, they headed to a steakhouse called the Prime Grill and hammered out an agreement over kosher steak and fries.
“I believe this was the key meal when they came to an understanding about the Mayor taking control,” said a source familiar with the t?te-?-t?te. “It was a three-hour lunch, 1 to 4 p.m.—just the two of them.”
And they have hardly been the only high-powered hamishers to strike a deal under the Prime Grill’s rabbinic seal of approval. Since it was launched in late 1999, the Prime Grill has become the center of a new kind of diaspora power dining—a sort of lunch-time machers’ minion where Jewish heavyweights like Ron Perelman and Larry Silverstein kibitz, hondle and, yes, break bread.

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