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NYC restaurateur Stratis Morfogen knows how to feed a mob

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He is aware of how one can feed a mob

Stratis Morfogen. Nicknamed the Golden Greek, he owns a crate of NYC’s prime eating places. He’s been a sufferer of, associate of, good friend of names that ought to keep anonymous.

“’91 I opened my first, Higher East Facet’s Gotham diner. Then one other 40 eating places. You promote or transfer as a result of properties get offered, financial system downturn, demolition issues, tastes or neighborhoods change.

“Our business was then just like the Wild West. Comes a knock on the door and you must pay safety so the mob doesn’t break your window or your supervisor’s legs. They beat my guys up demanding $7,000 a month. These guys dominated the entire Higher East Facet to Midtown. Now gone as a result of these days acquired them one-way tickets to jail. I refused the shakedown. Additionally, three judges have been my aunts and uncles.

“Gotti Jr.’s thugs tried to muscle me. However one man had me go to a Gambino hangout at 11 o’clock the place they have been informed, ‘This Greek’s considered one of us. Inform Junior keep away or this escalates.’ So it acquired squashed. These items began with me once I was a busboy at my dad’s chophouse in Howard Seaside.

“Now I simply opened Brooklyn Chop Home, 25,000 ft in Occasions Sq.. I owned Chinese language eating places for 17 years. Throughout COVID our supply enterprise thrived. No sending romantic dinners for 2. We have been sending meals platters for 20 to 30 folks in two-bedroom flats.

“Took time to screw up restaurant enterprise so now it’s going to take time to repair it. I’m simply opening my Greek restaurant in Greenwich Village which mainly I can’t open as a result of Macdougal Road’s been taken over by criminals and drug sellers.”


Profitable the West

One nice phrase about Peter Mosconi who got here right here from Italy lengthy earlier than the Huge Bang and opened his A-1 terrific Italian restaurant Monte’s Trattoria. It’s on Macdougal Road. It’s packed. It’s the most effective. And the road loves him.


Judgment Day for Janet

Vats of bodily fluid could dribble out over ex-Chief Judge of the State of New York Janet DiFiore’s sudden step-down.

The investigation is barely starting.

The offense of sending an ex parte communication to a decide — of which she is accused — is a giant massive no-no. She is aware of that. However a voluntary step-down over it? Uncertain.

Mayhap extra is to come back except some deal’s been struck.

New York Chief Judge Janet DiFiore announced that she is stepping down in August.
New York Chief Decide Janet DiFiore introduced that she is stepping down in August.
AP Photograph/Hans Pennink, File

A form of might be possibly misunderstanding flap over this inflicting an finish to an extended profession is as uncertain as Biden turning into Plato.

Mom may assume, extra may seep out. My Botox’d lips are nailed shut.

Additionally — listening to a couple of union head/state court docket officer suspended after releasing DiFiore’s house deal with however listening to zip about suspensions or firings of those that leaked house addresses or personal data of Supreme Court docket justices?

Qué pasa? Legislation solely applies whenever you agree with it?


Royal boo-boo

Apologies to Tisch, Farkas and writer Lownie, whose new e book chops the Duke and Duchess of Windsor and says that of their sponging days they stayed within the Tisch household’s Cap-Ferrat house. NO! NO! Once more, NO! It was the Farkas household the place, clearly, I’ll by no means ever be invited.


Everybody’s having a lot problem lately {that a} good friend even requested his son the lawyer for recommendation. The good friend then acquired a invoice. A member of the family requested him: “You’ll cost your individual father?” And he mentioned, “Please — I gave him a 50% low cost.”

Solely in New York, youngsters, solely in New York.