Want the juicy tidbits on how to get the best tables, who the best customers are and more from Joe Bastianich? The longtime partner of Mario Batali spills everything in his new tell-all book Restaurant Man, which hits bookstores on Tuesday. Bastianich says his longtime maitre d’, John at Babbo in New York City, is on the take.
“They get paid a salary, but then there’s the palm variable. A 50-dollar bill might get you noticed. Depending on the restaurant, they might even take a 20. For an Upper East Side rip-off joint or a busy Midtown steakhouse a hundie should get you in the game, but it’s just as likely that if they don’t know you, they’re going to think you’re a d-----bag,” writes Bastianich in his juicy new memoir.
Other tidbits include who makes their friends and enemies list and who is cheap.
Batali and Bastianich have Carnevino at the Palazzo and B&B Ristorante at the Venetian.
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Joe Bastianich with business partner Mario Batali. [Photo: NY Post]