Another Bernie Madoff Special

cityfile · 03/16/09 02:08PM

It was only a matter of time before attention-hungry restaurateur Nino Selimaj figured a way to cash in on the Bernie Madoff saga. New York's most successful Albanian-born Italian restaurant owner says that he'll be giving away free meals at Nino's 208 on East 58th Street to anyone who was ripped off by Bernie all this week, so long as they mention the schemer when making reservations and bring a monthly statement from Madoff's investment firm to the restaurant. One quick way to make the deal work even if you weren't victimized by Bernie: Buy an authentic Madoff statement on Ebay for $21 and then order the $25 osso buco. [City Room]

A Look at Corton, A New Restaurant for Nino

cityfile · 10/14/08 01:46PM

♦ A behind-the-scenes tour of Corton, courtesy of Drew Nieporent and Paul Liebrandt (left). [The Feedbag]
Danny Meyer, Donald Trump, and Drew Nieporent are just some of the people possibly vying to take over Tavern on the Green when Jennifer LeRoy's lease expires at the end of the year. [P6 Mag via NYO]
♦ Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody and Nathan Connolly are two of the backers behind the Houndstooth Pub in Midtown. [GS]
Nino Selimaj will not be stopped. The ubiquitous restaurateur is opening a new Nino's (imaginatively named Nino's 208) at—wait for it—208 on East 58th Street. [GS]