I don't think I have to tell any of you that working at Citi, particularly over the last year or so and especially if one is the CEO, can be kind of a bitch. Obviously Uncle Vik knows what we're talking about. Still, those closest to him know a few never fail tricks for getting Pandit to give us a smile. A pony ride around the lobby. A tickle of his vickles. A visit to the set of Two Coreys. A desktop Zen Garden for him to practice raking sand on until the real thing comes through. Nothing gets VP to bust out a wide one, though, like a surprise lunch order from his favorite restaurant, Sylvia's. Crain's reported yesterday that the head of the Big C is a huge fan of the Queen of Soul Food, so much so that he placed an order from the restaurant for forty executives visiting his office last week. Since we count ourselves among those who like our Vikram jolly and round, we obviously had to get in touch with Syl to find out what the Pandito Special entails, so that we might keep it on file, and call in the order as a li'l pick-me-up on a particularly low day for VP.
According to a rep for the eatery, Vikram "likes the classics-- Southern fried chicken, collard greens, potato salad, mac&cheese, and banana pudding." Pandito first tried Sylvia's a few months ago when he was visiting a new Citi branch in Harlem, got "hooked" and has placed "a lot" of orders ever since (not just for big groups but also "parties of four" and sometimes just himself). And he's not alone! Supposedly Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch have both held "Sylvia's Days" wherein the restaurant takes over the firms' cafeterias, with an SD being planned for the Big C soon. We were also told by people familiar with the matter-- VP's gastroenterologist-- that he's a huge fan of barbeque and typically requests it when traveling, though Dinosaur BBQ is yet to be thrown any love, an issue one would hope will be rectified during Vikram's Upper Manhattan Food Tour of 2010 (an experience no to be missed-- tickets go on sale tomorrow).
Soul Food Coming To Your Door [Crain's via NYM]