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Lunch at The Grill in the Former Four Seasons Kicks Off June 19

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Can the Major Food Group crew keep the power lunch tradition going?

A man in a white tuxedo stands behind the bar at the Grill, in front of a giant arrangement of pink and red flowers Gary He

Mark your calendars: Lunch at Major Food Group’s The Grill in the former Four Seasons — which was, in case you forgot, the biggest power lunch space of the last century — officially has a debut date of Monday, June 19.

Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi, and Jeff Zalaznick’s retro-American chophouse started serving dinner to the public earlier this month, with fancy antique cooking equipment and lots of tableside theatrics. It’s already been visited by a slew of celebrities and the who’s who of restaurant industry folk.

But the core of the restaurant that lived in the landmarked space previously was that it drew the most powerful people in business, politics, and the arts during lunch.

Some of the former Four Seasons’ most famous (and devoted) fans like Martha Stewart have expressed that they weren’t happy about landlord Aby Rosen’s decision to hire MFG, so the beginning of lunch will be watched for whether Carbone and his crew can draw a similar power lunch crowd at The Grill.

Zalaznick says the menu for lunch will be different from the one currently offered at dinner, and more details will be available in early June. It will be available from noon to 2:30 p.m.

Presumably, the lunch menu will be somewhat less involved than dinner, which has a slew of dishes with vintage names like Jack’s Pie and pheasant claiborne that may require an extended conversation with servers. But who knows — maybe the city’s elite are down to do business deals as their dessert gets flambeed tableside.


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