New York’s upscale Chinese restaurant Philippe held its 10th Anniversary celebration on Tuesday January 12, 2015 with cocktails and hors d’ouevres from 7pm to 9pm at its East 60th Street location. The small, inviting space was packed with notables such as: Ramona Singer, Beth and Lenny Wilf, Randi Schatz and Michael Gross.The A-List clientele of this chic eatery has included luminaries Oprah Winfrey, Rihanna, Paul McCartney and many others. I myself have enjoyed their cuisine on numerous occasions opting for the saucy sea bass and stir fried vegetables. Their famous dishes include Chef Philippe Chow’s Chicken Satay and glazed Peking Duck with homemade pancakes.
This night I had the privilege of bumping into Lenny and Beth Wilf with Lenny still reeling from his team, the Vikings, loss this past Sunday. When he told me he was trying to get over Sunday’s unfortunate event I thought he was referring to the endless Golden Globe Awards.As I made my way through the throngs of Philippe fans I spoke to owner Steve Boxer who told me the celebrities choose his spot for the privacy it offers, forbidding guests to shoot pictures while they are dining. One of the crazier moments he recalls was when a famous NBA player bought a $4,000 bottle of wine for himself and a $1,000 bottle for his table mates. When I asked Boxer how he maintains career longevity in such a cutthroat business he said it was because he delivers what his customers want.