Monday at the MET

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When Tishman Speyer bought Rockefeller Center—previously owned by the Japanese Mitsubishi Estate—Jerry Speyer decided to overhaul the entire complex and give it a makeover. Unfortunately, this closed the center, including The Sea Grill restaurant, where I had worked for a couple of years. Before this happened, Paul Emmett, one of Restaurant Associate’s Vice Presidents, approached ...

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Fay Wray in the Mist

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It’s not often one meets a Hollywood starlet from the golden age of film. But on one wintry evening in the early 90s, Fay Wray, who enchanted us all in the original version of King Kong, came to dine at Fiorello’s. Canadian-born Wray started her career playing roles in silent comedy shorts before coming to ...

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Tom, The Night and The Music

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Tom Jones was and has always been a colorful character. His actual Christian name is Thomas John Woodward. His son, Mark Woodward, was an acquaintance and managed his father. And at one time—around the early 2000s—I had discovered that Tom didn’t have a recording contract after reading a story on him in The Wall Street Journal. ...

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Baby Love, Please Feed Me

By | on Mar 9, 2021 | No Comments

One evening, Diana Ross came to Trattoria Dell’Arte after her show at about five minutes to closing with her spiritual guru Marianne Williamson and six other friends in tow. My jaw literally dropped at the sight of her. She was as fabulously looking in person as all the pictures I had only seen of her ...

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Who Are You Calling Fatso?

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One of my favorite comedians of all time was Dom DeLuise. I loved watching all his appearances on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show as well as his roles in Burt Reynolds’ Cannonball Run movies. And of course, let us not forget his own film, Fatso. One evening, Dom came to dine at Trattoria Dell’Arte. I think ...

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I Need A Table Now

By | on Mar 7, 2021 | No Comments

In the mid-’90s, Al Pacino was dining quite a bit at Trattoria Dell’Arte as he was living nearby, on 57th & 8th Avenue. At the time, Pacino was riding on the successful heels of his recent film Scent of a Woman (1992) for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor, completed director Brian De ...

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Rockefeller Rock

By | on Mar 5, 2021 | No Comments

When I began working at The Sea Grill in the late 90s, I came on as Assistant Director, which was just a fancy name for Assistant Manager of Restaurant Associates‘ flagship restaurant. One of the great aspects of the job was serving some of the most influential people on the planet. And none were more ...

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Now, Don’t You Misbehave, Young Lady!

By | on Mar 2, 2021 | No Comments

Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy once came to Trattoria Dell’Arte for dinner. It was the first and only time I saw them there. So, to woo them, we gave them one of our best tables (#52), usually reserved for our regulars and ultra-special celebrities. Cronyn was a Canadian-born actor who had distinguished himself over a ...

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