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In July, the ladies — and gentlemen — who power lunch pack Manhattan’s hot spots before hightailing it out of town for their August vacations. At the Mercer Kitchen, Iman and Trish Goff filed in wearing casual summer ensembles, while uptown at Swifty’s, social stalwarts Pat Buckley and Pauline Pitt proved that some women still dress to the nines at noon. Exiting the Four Seasons Grill Room, Mario Cuomo, Al Sharpton, Lou Dobbs and Henry Kissinger modeled their power suits before slipping into their town cars, and around the corner at Lever House, David Lauren, who was lunching with Harper Bazaar’s Glenda Bailey, showed off his preppy style in a Ralph Lauren blazer and lemon-colored pants paired with mandals. “Is there still style in New York?” he inquired. All signs point to yes.

— Lesley Messer

This story first appeared in the July 29, 2004 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

Who gets the best table?
Four Seasons Grill Room: Leonard Lauder, William Lauder, Anna Wintour, Oscar de la Renta, Diane Sawyer, Barbara Walters, Casey Ribicoff and Marie-Josée Kravis.

Lever House: Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, Oscar de la Renta, Glenda Bailey, Kim Cattrall and Hugh Jackman.

The Mercer Kitchen: Susan Sarandon, Harvey Weinstein, Sean Penn, Ford models, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Seal and Willem Dafoe.

Swifty’s: Ralph Lauren, Nan Kempner, Pauline Pitt, Serena and Samantha Boardman, Mary McFadden, Carolina Herrera and Princess Firyal of Jordan.

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