It would be a stretch to call Mickey Mantle’s a more recent generation’s Toots Shor’s. The restaurant on Central Park South that opened in 1988 and was named for The Mick never quite turned into an iconic hangout of that magnitude.
But it had its moments – some of them sordid – especially in the early years, many of them recounted in a 2007 book by restaurant founder Bill Liederman. In those days, Mantle himself could be seen there and the place had cachet.
In truth it was a minor miracle – and a testament to the power of the Mantle brand – that the joint lasted as long as it did before closing this past week, unable to pay its bills and moving on to the great sports hangout in the sky, where Toots surely remains the genial host, with Mickey holding court at a back table.