BEST POWER LUNCH - 2000
The tables are set for the deal: pink linens, polished silver, crystal water goblets, and silver trays stacked with butter-soaked garlic toast. The décor is vintage blue chip: silk-lined walls, floor-to-ceiling mirrors, pink draperies, and cast-iron candelabra. The menu is fit for kings of business and queens of commerce: a broiled luncheon steak ($13.95), penne with chicken ($12.95), hot turkey with just-mashed potatoes ($8.50), or (our favorite) a steak sandwich grilled with Provolone and stacked with bacon ($9.95). Regulars include old-school newspaper columnists like Sid Hartman (who has his own table), politicos like Lisa McDonald and Jackie Cherryhomes, team owners in tailored suits, junior executives with cell phones stuffed into their Coach bags. And when whatever needed to be done gets done, there's usually a little time to adjourn to the cocktail lounge for dessert. It's business, after all.