Kelsey Grammer met me for lunch at one of his favorite restaurants, Nobu Fifty Seven, the Japanese mecca in Midtown Manhattan. “Good to see you,” he said, shaking my hand. “Kelsey.”
This relaxed, instantly likable man has been among the most recognizable figures in America since his phenomenal two decades playing the endearingly know-all shrink Dr. Frasier Crane on Cheers and Frasier. (Even his voice—as Sideshow Bob, on The Simpsons—is celebrated.) He knows the Nobu menu well. “The food here makes me very happy,” he said, ordering first courses for us to share. “May I have a double order of the yellowtail jalapeño? No garlic,” he asked the waiter. “Fantastic! And then an order of scallop tiradito, and four pieces of sea-urchin sashimi. How about a rock-shrimp tempura? Great! That will do it. And a tuna-sashimi salad. I think we’re good. Thanks, man.”
“You’re welcome,” said the waiter.
Mr. Grammer was rehearsing