Lunch Break: Meet OpenTable Employee Sasha Shaker

Today’s edition of Lunch Break features OpenTable employee and London area manager Sasha Shaker, who cops to a red-meat addiction and reveals his favorite haunts in town and abroad, including Deeson’s in Canterbury. A G+T kinda guy, Sasha’s lunch is typically a sandwich as he’s always on the go during the work week. 


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Dining with the Stars: Amy Adams in LA; Wolves of Wall Street Feast in UK; Seacrest Out in Vegas; More

After a serious case of actorexia, Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto are eating again, recently at The Lambs Club in NYC.

Recent celebrity sightings at restaurants on OpenTable…

* Ryan Reynolds’s Mrs. Blake Lively was spotted at A Voce Columbus in New York City. [Page Six]

* Erstwhile 90120 star Jessica Lowndes had a meal at Ainsworth Park in New York City.  [NY Daily News]

* American Idol host Ryan Seacrest dined at Andrea’s in Las Vegas along with and legendary producer Jimmy Iovine. [Page Six]

Son of Hercules star Kellan Lutz pre-gamed, literally and figuratively, at Brother Jimmy’s BBQ in Manhattan. [NY Daily News]

* Ryan Reynolds’s ex-Mrs. Scarlett Johansson noshed at NYC hotspot El Toro Blanco. [Page Six]

Dawson’s Creek alum Katie Holmes ate at Hakkasan-Fountainebleu Miami Beach in Miami. [Page Six]

* Dallas Buyers Club co-stars and fellow weight-loss experts Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto lunched at The Lambs Club in the Big Apple. [Just Jared]

* American Gigolo Richard Gere almost turned into an American popsicle after a midday meal at NYC power spot Michael’s. [NY Daily News]

American Hustle‘s Amy Adams dined at Pearl’s in West Hollywood with her family. [NY Daily News]

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Tweet of the Week: Setting the Table with OpenTable

We were thrilled to host hospitality expert and restaurateur Danny Meyer of Union Square Hospitality Group last week. Mr. Meyer, an OpenTable board member, is the author of Setting the Table, a book that has quickly become the industry guidebook for restaurant professionals. It was a happy coincidence, then, that restaurateur Alex Wrethman of Charlotte’s Table in London recently sent a tweet showing how much he and his staff have taken Mr. Meyer’s advice to “Be the agent!” to heart. Thanks for sharing this tweet, Alex. We love the placement of your reminder, by the way. Diners in search of amazing hospitality can be sure to find it at Charlotte’s Table — and at any of Mr. Meyer’s establishments, naturally.



World’s Top 50 Restaurants; Social Media Helps Right Dining Injustices; Fish Collars + More News

Piquillos Rellenos Jose Garces-style at Amada.
Piquillos Rellenos Jose Garces-style at Amada in Philadephia.

* The World’s Top 50 Restaurants list is out. Congratulations to Eleven Madison Park (#5), Dinner by Heston Blumenthal (#7), Per Se (#11), The Ledbury (#13), Pujol (#17), Le Bernardin (#19), Daniel (#29), The Fat Duck (#33), and The French Laundry (#47). [Fox News]

* Don’t you know who I am? The daughter of a government official in Mexico misused her influence to shutter a restaurant for not seating her at the table she wanted. Enter the Twitterati. Maximo Bistrot has since reopened and apologies continue. [Washington Post]

* Restaurant bans area man. An Albany restaurant operator forgot he was in the hospitality business when he asked a diner to leave — and never return. He, too, underestimated the power of social media. []

* So, you want to open a restaurant? Read this list of do’s and don’ts first. []

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