HOH’s One-Minute Recess: Everyone Loves a Bargain

Posted August 17, 2010 at 10:45am

August recess hasn’t kept political types from indulging in Restaurant Week — even the most powerful people in town can’t resist a good deal. Italian appears to be the food of choice, with everyone from Supreme Court justices to a former secretary of State getting in on the action.

HOH has learned that newly appointed Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan stopped into downtown’s Bibiana with four young gentlemen for lunch Monday. No word on who the men were, although sources speculated that they were her clerks. We also hear the group took advantage of Restaurant Week deals by choosing from the prix-fixe menu.

But Kagan wasn’t the only Supreme Court denizen to visit the restaurant, as fellow Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg stopped in with a friend for dinner Monday night.

Meanwhile, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright was seen dining with a guest at a nearby table.

Talk about a power meal!

While Bibiana was the place to be Monday, newly opened Carmine’s in Penn Quarter has a hold on Tuesday. The family-style restaurant plans to open its doors to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty later Tuesday afternoon, and Bloomberg is expected to endorse Fenty in his upcoming Democratic primary.

Perhaps it’s fitting that the New Yorker’s announcement will take place at Carmine’s, considering the restaurant originated in Manhattan.

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