The New York Times – At the Table

A Power Breakfast With a Cozier Touch


By Diane Cardwell

Breakfast in the main dining room of the Loews Regency Hotel on Park Avenue at 61st Street is still the see-and-be-seen meal for New Yorkers with money and influence, but a younger generation of power brokers is establishing its own beachhead in the Library. It is a quieter, cozier spot off the lobby, with a mounted flat-screen television, a plush couch in the window and enormous reproductions of classic books standing upright. On Wednesday, in the main dining room, called 540 Park, Larry King dined near Jonathan M. Tisch, the chief executive of Loews Hotels, who was with Jane Rosenthal, Robert De Niro’s producing partner. But in the Library, a nonprofit executive and her frequent consulting partner sat between “The Grapes of Wrath,” by John Steinbeck, and “Bullet Park,” by John Cheever, talking baby names and home renovation.

IN THE SEATS
Emma Bloomberg, 32, senior manager for planning and policy at the Robin Hood Foundation, which gives grants to aid the city’s poor, and Anish Melwani, 32, a partner at McKinsey & Company who does pro bono consulting for Robin Hood.

ON THE PLATES
Two poached eggs and a half grapefruit ($14) with green tea ($7) for Ms. Bloomberg; an egg white omelet and chicken sausage ($22) with a cappuccino ($8) for Mr. Melwani.

WHY THEY CAME
It is Ms. Bloomberg’s first choice for breakfast (her father, the mayor, likes diners). “There’s something about breakfast at the Regency that’s so quintessentially New York,” she said, adding that the Library was “not as high-pressure” as the main room. Plus, she comes to 61st Street at least once a week to meet with the developer of a school Robin Hood is building, so it is a convenient place to have eggs cooked runny, how she likes them.

WHAT THEY TALKED ABOUT
Renovations: Ms. Bloomberg and her husband, Christopher Frissora, are planning to redo their TriBeCa place, while Mr. Melwani has begun demolition at his Upper East Side condo. The problem of the day? “A pipe where it wasn’t supposed to be,” he said. They also discussed the unusual baby names their friends had chosen, including Ace, Lark and Laser. Asked if that was like laser beam, Ms. Bloomberg said, “Honestly, I didn’t ask — I just smiled.” (And no, no one is expecting.)