It’s all about dining. From NY Magazine’s Daily Intel:
A few weeks ago, Sulzberger invited Abramson to lunch at Le Bernardin. They discussed the executive editor job. After the meeting, Abramson wrote Sulzberger a long memo about her vision for the paper. Sulzberger reportedly talked to editorial-page editor Andy Rosenthal and D.C bureau chief Dean Baquet about the job, but two weeks ago, while on a business trip to Europe, he called Abramson and offered it to her. “That was a good phone call,” she told me. Last Friday, over dinner of soft shell crab and snapper in New Orleans with Baquet, Abramson asked him to be her managing editor.