Saturday, June 15, 2024

Hamptons: Paul McCartney, Lou Reed Like Really Good Egg Rolls


While most New Yorkers spend the last few days of summer wondering what we did to anger the weather gods, the A list plays on.

It does turn out that Hamptons celebrities like pricey Chinese food–that’s the kind where you don’t have to say, Hold the MSG. (To rock stars, MSG means Madison Square Garden anyway).

As with its city counterpart, Phillippe Chow in East Hampton is a hit. Paul McCartney was there the other night, and so was NFL star Marcus Allen. (No one asked him about Nicole Simpson, I’m sure.) Lou Reed was also there, and brought a little dog to dine al fresco.

Meanwhile, in New York, singer Rihanna showed up at the Phillippe Chow on the upper East Side.

More Asian dining: no less than Prince Albert of Monaco, his fiancee Charlene Wittstock, and 12 friends went to Madame Tong’s Redeux in Southampton.

It’s so funny. I never see these people. I had dinner out there last week with my parents and my cousins at Nick and Toni’s. It was very nice.

It’s not all just eating out east, anyway. A spy reports that philanthropists Bruce and Avis Richards, CEO and Founder of Birds Nest Productions gave a lunch over the weekend with former New York Lt. Governor Betsy McCaughey (once Betsy Ross, but that’s another story) for New York’s top doctors, including Dr. Jeffrey Borer, Dr. Tracy Pfeifer, Dr. Steve O’Brien, Dr. Jeffrey Moses, Dr. Joel Kassimir, Dr. John Schaefer and Dr. Morrell Avram. McCaughey is the founder of RID (Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths).

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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