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August 23 2014

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The Return Of The Long Lunch

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If man-about-town and international I-banker weren’t hyphenates enough, Euan Rellie is intent on adding salon director to his résumé. At least that was the impression one had at the inaugural luncheon yesterday at Manhattan’s East Side Social Club for his new irregular dining society, The Atlanticists, named in tribute to those New Yorkers who, according to the invite, “know where Europe is, and who enjoy both places.” “I wanted a mixture of bankers, It girls, artists, and writers who might provoke and stimulate each other,” Rellie told us. “All these people have really busy evening schedules, so I thought, let’s do lunch.”

Though the host himself arrived a fashionable 15 minutes late, he feverishly table-hopped his way around the midtown eatery, attending to each of his 30-odd guests as they supped on pancetta-wrapped filet mignon, house-smoked trout, and butterscotch pudding. Among them were Michael Musto, Kelly Killoren Bensimon, Marisa Brown, and ESSC partner Patrick McMullan. (The last was “here in body, not in spirit,” the groggy photog admitted.) Table chatter ranged from emerging young artists (Natasha Law) and nicknames (Kick was a favorite) to the history of Wall Street (it was an actual wall that defended New Amsterdam against attack until the end of the seventeenth century) and the lost art of the long lunch. “Who does lunch in the middle of the day anymore?” asked a film financier. “It’s so louche.” When asked for his opinion, Rellie, who said his early straw poll suggested he’d be hosting another “irregular” lunch or dinner soon-ish, replied, “Of course it’s louche. We love louche.” Then, as if on cue, he announced: “I’ve had a martini, and two glasses of wine, and now I have to go back to my M&A deal.”

Photo: Thomas Cantley/Patrick McMullan

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