The Dinner: Wasabi grilled cheese and wild baked fries with sea salt at Bleu Bistro's Grotto
Clyde Tolson (Armie Hammer) and J. Edgar Hoover (Leonardo DiCaprio) keep it professional in the workplace.
The Movie: J. Edgar at Lincoln Square Cinemas
The Screenplate: FBI directors today are limited to one 10-year term, subject to extension by the United States Senate. They can thank J. Edgar Hoover for that. The man was the head of the crime-fighting agency under the administrations of Coolidge, Hoover, Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon. He was believed to be the second most powerful man in government - and that made the people around him nervous.J. Edgar is a biographical drama film that focuses on the controversial figure's career and personal life as an alleged closeted homosexual. Directed by Clint Eastwood, it stars a barely recognizable Leonardo DiCaprio as J. Edgar and a dashing Armie Hammer as his associate director and if the rumor holds true, longtime companion, Clyde Tolson.
DiCaprio plays J. Edgar as a zealous man ahead of his time. He is mocked for his efforts to create a centralized fingerprint file and a forensics lab - innovations that are of great use to police today. But his genius also contained a darker side. J. Edgar kept files on everyone, including political figures, which critics accused him of using as blackmail to maintain his powerful position.
The man was interested, it appears, in only two things - work and a handsome man named Clyde Tolson, whom he hired as associate director of the FBI, despite his limited qualifications. Hammer, who played the privileged Winklevoss twins in The Social Network, ditches the frat boy persona for an effeminate and flirtatious character. But while J. Edgar and Tolson have obvious chemistry, the film focuses on their emotional, rather than physical relationship. Never is it actually stated that either of the two is gay, but we do know that J. Edgar never married and that Tolson inherited his entire estate.
Since the 1940s, rumors circulated that J. Edgar was a homosexual. In real life, he hunted down and threatened anyone who made such insinuations. Thus, Bleu Bistro Grotto would be the ideal establishment for him to enjoy dinner with a male companion. A peculiarly charming gem on Capitol Hill, it features curtain-shrouded booths that offer the ultimate in privacy for a rumor-plagued couple. And much like the FBI director's life, the restaurant oozes intimacy and romantic intrigue. For anyone who desires to keep a low-profile, it is arguably the best option in this city. In fact, should DiCaprio find himself here in the future, he should consider a visit, given the number of his dalliances that end up in the tabloids.