Power Breakfast Returns to The Regency Bar & GrillBy Kelly Dobkin
January 16, 2014
The $20 omelet is back: After a $100 million renovation, the Loews Regency Hotel reopened this week and along with it, the legendary The Regency Bar & Grill - a notorious early-morning stomping grounds for city politicians and celebrities since the '70s. At today's power breakfast kick-off, some of The Regency's regular luminaries were there to help watch Jonathan Tisch (chairman of Loews hotels) cut the ribbon including Al Sharpton, Spike Lee, former NYC Mayor David Dinkins, new NYC Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, former NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly and former MTA Chairman Joe Lhota. The restaurant's menu has been revamped slightly by chef Dan Silverman to include some dishes from new partners, Sant Ambroeus (the West Village cafe with a power scene of its own).
We spoke briefly to Maître' D Leigh Wynn who reclaimed her post after the eatery's 12-month closure. Wynn's career began at The Regency where she eventually memorized every celebrity order by heart as well as their seating preferences - requisite for survival on the job. She shared some of the most idiosyncratic breakfast orders with us: "I usually get in trouble for sharing this kind of info, but I will tell you there's one celebrity who only eats Honey Nut Cheerios, another that requests exactly 18 blueberries in his oatmeal, and Al Sharpton, well, if we don't have wheat toast and English breakfast tea on his table within five minutes, his hand is in the air." So how does a new menu affect Wynn's regular orders? "I worked with the chef when he designed the menu because I know exactly what people will eat and won't eat. Most of these folks have simple food in the morning, this is their everyday place. So for breakfast, we really didn't change a whole lot."
There's only a few new dishes from Sant Ambroeus on the breakfast menu but attached to the The Regency Bar & Grill, the soon-to-open Sant Ambroeus Cafe will offer an espresso bar, various pastries and more.
Check out the breakfast menu below and stay tuned for a first look at the space and the lunch and dinner menus tomorrow.
540 Park Avenue; 212-339-4050
Pictured: Jonathan Tisch and Spike Lee, apparent buddies