While a large chunk of New Yorkers spent last week on a post-Grammy vacation in sunny, warm L.A., some out-of-towners like U2 and Sarah Silverman took advantage of our celebrity vacuum and filled it with self-promotion. After celebrating artist Damien Hirst's new exhibition at the Gagosian Gallery over the weekend, U2 band members dispersed across the city, dining with various attractive women: Bono at Da Silvano with a group of leggy blondes, the Edge at Morandi with a former Victoria's Secret Angel. Sarah Silverman, in town to promote the premiere of her show's third season, picked at some health food. Below, the week in boldfaced dining.
Butter: Governor Paterson's endorsement of Kirsten Gillibrand didn't stop him from sitting down with Harold Ford Jr.; Ford allegedly footed the bill. [NYP]
Da Silvano: Bono and artist Damien Hirst dined with some ladies. [NYP]
Dylan's Candy Bar: Alec Baldwin, who says he needs to lose a couple, buys fudge, Swedish fish, and chocolate. [NYP]
Emporio: On Wednesday, Thomas Keller of Laundry and Per Se paid his respects. On Thursday, Matt Dillon stopped by. [Grub Street]
Grill Room: Martha Stewart and former ImClone CEO Sam Waksal, both convicted felons, dined separately at opposite ends of The Four Seasons restaurant, possibly in the presence of other inside traders. [NYP]