11/14/2012 AT 6:00 AM ET
The phrase “ladies who lunch” got turbocharged on Monday when Cosmopolitan’s editor-in-chief Joanna Coles assembled a posse of powerful women – including Sarah Jessica Parker, Rose McGowan, Diane von Furstenberg, Jennifer Westfeldt and Gayle King – for a mid-day meal at Michael’s in New York.
Dressed in a leather jacket and pleated skirt, Parker was taken aback by the buzz in the room, which also included several newly elected Congresswomen.
“There are a few women [here] that I’ve known for a number of years and I’m a great admirer of,” she told PEOPLE. “If they’re powerful, that’s just a byproduct. But I don’t think of them that way. I just think of them as great women that I’m fortunate to know.”
Westfeldt – who wrote and directed 2011’s Friends with Kids – confessed that she power lunches “almost never.”
“I’m a meal skipper, bagel on-the-run person,” she said.
But as any power luncher knows, food is hardly the point.
As King put it, “I walk around this room and I feel good about being a girl.”
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