Monday, February 12, 2007
ELIOT'S APPLE BITE
This story could be the basis of an episode on the famous tv sitcom Seinfeld......andy
February 12, 2007 -- Gov. Spitzer ran for the state's top office with a reform-minded agenda and a campaign pledge: "On Day One, everything changes."
"Except where I have breakfast," Spitzer joked to a reporter at his favorite morning haunt.
For the past 12 years, Spitzer has been a regular at Three Guys, a home-style Upper East Side diner on Madison Avenue at 75th Street, where he fuels up for his battles with Albany lawmakers.
"There are some pricier places around the city where people go to be seen," Spitzer said, adding that he prefers the normalcy of a neighborhood restaurant.
"What's more New York than a diner?" Spitzer said, taking a few minutes from a meeting with his appointments secretary, Francine James. "I come in, and I get my coffee right away."
For Spitzer, a weekday breakfast usually includes yogurt with granola or oatmeal with brown sugar on top. On weekends, he might splurge on an omelet.
Ensconced in a booth in the middle of the diner, Spitzer often begins his working day with a morning meeting at Three Guys.
"It gives me a little wood to burn in the stove so I can keep moving," he said, before heading off in a black SUV for a meeting to pitch his budget proposal to a panel of city business leaders.
Spiros Agiros, who has owned Three Guys for nearly 30 years, said Spitzer has been among his most faithful customers, many of whom are celebrities who enjoy being treated like regular New Yorkers at breakfast.
"Spitzer is a very nice man. The fact that he's governor now, we don't even look at that," Agiros said. "He's been coming here for years. You know, nothing really changes."