This is starting to border on the bizarre.
Jon Meacham, Executive Veep and Editor at Random House Publishing and formerly the Editor of Newsweek, spends more time at Michael’s Restaurant in Manhattan than he does anywhere. If we didn’t know better, we’d assume his daily schedule was: 1. brush teeth 2. appear on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” then 3. lunch at Michael’s and repeat. Is Meacham leading his own weird Groundhog Day?
As a matter of fact, he’s headed there today for lunch. “He’s actually coming today,” said longtime GM Steve Millington when we phoned. Asked if Meacham is their best customer, he hemmed and hawed and chose his words carefully: “He is an outstanding, lovely guest of ours for sure.” Why does Meacham frequent the restaurant so much? “Because I think he sees a lot of people he knows and he is networking now because he wants to be in amongst the people that work in the same field as he does.” Milligan says hundreds of media types flood the restaurant daily.
Indeed Michael’s loves Meacham, but it appears the love is unrequited, at least publicly. Meacham has been tweeting since April 17, but it appears that he has never — not one single measly tweet — ever mentioned Michael’s. But as you’ll notice below, they have mentioned him six times in the past month. He was also spotted at the media-centric eatery by our friends at FishbowlNY in March getting chummy and eating burgers with FNC Prez Roger Ailes.
Monday: “In the House: Jon Meacham.” (tweeted by @michaelsnewyork)
Oct. 4: “In the house: @jmeacham with Luke Janklow”
Oct. 6: “In the house: @jmeacham with Mort Janklow”
Oct. 11: “In the house: @jmeacham”
Oct. 12: “In the house: @jmeacham with Lynn Nesbit”
Oct. 19: “In the house: @jmeacham with Eric Simonoff”
What makes it impossible for Meacham to stay away? Aside from rubbing elbows with media bigwigs, the following…
Location: 24 West 55th St.
Type of food: California. The original Michael’s is in Santa Monica, Calif. The Manhattan restaurant opened in 1989.
Attire: Business casual
What sounds appetizing: 1. Sweet Potato-Mascarpone Ravioli, Beurre Noisette, Sage, Hazelnuts 2. Grilled Mediterranean Branzino, Forbidden Black Rice, Haricots Verts, Pesto, Cabernet Sauce 3. Peanut Butter Cheesecake, Chocolate Ganache, Salted Peanuts, Banana Sorbet. What doesn’t: 1. Raw organic egg yolk, 2. Brussels sprouts, pomegranate