2,000 employees at New York headquarters
New York publishing houses are renowned for feeding their workers well. But Hearst, the company behind Cosmopolitan , Esquire, and Seventeen, never had a café for its employees until it moved into its new, state-of-the-art Manhattan office tower in October, 2006. Knowing expectations would be sky high—after all, the company employs plenty of "foodies" at its lifestyle/food magazines—Hearst brought in food-service giant Restaurant Associates to run Café57, its new cafeteria. "They proved to us very early that they're very good at 'special,' " says Lou Nowikas, the company's director of operations. How special? Two sushi chefs work on-site.