Thomas Friedman (James R. Brantley/Associated Press) and Paul Simon (Alexandra Wyman/Getty Images)

Singer Paul Simon and New York Times columnist Tom Friedman dining together at the Bombay Club Monday night with two others. Shrimp, kebab, veggies among their shared dishes. What’s the occasion? Nothing special, the columnist’s office told us, “just a dinner with friends.”

Actor Esai Morales in a gray suit, lunching at Oceanaire Tuesday with five or six D.C.-looking types.