Skip to comments.tourist busted for trying to stiff steakhouse 'simply did not want to pay:' Commissioner Kelly
Posted on 01/26/2013 1:00:54 AM PST by SMGFan
A tipsy Italian tourist tried to stiff a tony East Side steakhouse on his tab before his NYPD-assisted arrivederci, police sources said Friday.
Graziano Graziussi, who spend the night in jail after a dispute at Smith & Wollensky, was carrying $118 in his wallet on the night when he challenged the $208 check, said NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly.
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Whats a “tony” steakhouse?
Maybe he thought that since Obama got re-elected, that no one has to pay for anything any more? (The government will pay for everything)
A restaurant that charges $208 for a steak I guess.
“Whats a tony steakhouse?”
“tony” is a pretty outdated term for high or upper class.
I have not heard it used in many years.
So did the shlub forget his wallet or didn’t he want to pay? The media has made S&W out to be the bad guy in this matter. Another example of the media’s fine reporting standards.
“Tony” means if you don’t pay up, a guy named Tony will be out to reason with you.
(I can make that joke; I’m half Italian).
Tony Soprano’s cousin from Texas.
From this article, it sounds like he had his wallet on him and just didn't want to pay - although the wording could be clearer. If he just tried to stiff the restaurant and lied to the media, as well, I hope he gets booted from the US and denied future entry for his trouble.
I don’t care how good the steaks are, they aren’t worth that much.
Yup, no way a steak n taters dinner is worth that much.
He shoulda went to someplace like Outback or Western Sizzlin.
Ruth’s Criss is great! (perhaps a tad high-priced)
I simply did not want to pay the one time I went to an Outback Steakhouse because it was such a total rip-off.
Of course I payed and never went back.
There were 2 people at the table so about $100 per and much of that is likely wine. Steak houses in NYC median steak is around 30/35 bucks.
The tourist’s response of forgetting his wallet is on the level of a kid saying a dog ate his report card.
tony= any place that would look askance as the likes of yours truly entered the premises. No riffraff allowed.
I like my steaks median well...how much do they go for in Manhattan?
“Tony” steakhouses in NYC won’t cook one above a median, lol. If you insist they”ll butterfly it. Pretty well ruined.
If you decide to go to S&W, it’s the *whole experience* you are paying for. Besides the fact that they have the best aged steaks anywhere in the city. Also part of that *experience* is the waitstaff.
This tourist was out of his league. He would have been happier at Patsi’s or Peter Luger.
I thought he forgot his wallet, thats what all the other stories say.
This tourist was supposedly a regular so he should have known the cost.
He’s a thief.
Yes he is. I didn’t see that he was a *regular* in the linked article: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/italian-tourist-simply-pay-kelly-article-1.1248327
I’m sure it didn’t help that he was drunk. :)
ha. i typo with the best of them.
I'm totally sympathetic. I made a typo mistake a few weeks ago when writing a response to some thread (typed "two much" instead of "too much") and didn't see the error until I had posted my response. I thought no one would notice or care much. How wrong I was. The next day I received a message from some anal-retentive Freeper who lambasted me for not knowing the difference between two and too. I guess I couldn't put two and too together.
(incidentally, my wife is like most people who grew up in Britain...most of them order their steaks/meat well done.)
$100 per person for a steak dinner and drinks at an upscale place isn’t out of line anywhere in the country. Not here in Des Moines. I’d expect NYC to be twice that.
I know the feeling...like it or not there are some freepers whose lives are so miserable that the only thing they have to do is cruise free republic in search of typos so as to demonstrate their intelligence. Actually the only thing they demonstrate is their arrogance and rudeness.
Whats a tony steakhouse?
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That is one of those ‘if you have to ask’ questions, you probably shouldn’t go in. <:
Like if you are interviewing for a job, probably not a good idea to ask the interviewer “what does an Addadictome Technician do?” if that was in the job description.
On the other hand, rare to the point of being cold in the middle, I just do not understand the appeal of it, the texture is not pleasant and neither is the flavor. I think it's just some sort of fetish, hey look at me I'm such a carnivore, or something. Steak tartare, forget it. Ground chuck needs to be at least medium. Rare hamburger is disgusting.
There have been a few other articles on this guy. The story keeps changing.
For me the lesson is - if I plan to consume the products and services of a company I should probably take steps to ensure I can pay for it.
Sure mistakes happen, so does theft.
“Yup, no way a steak n taters dinner is worth that much.”
I cook my steaks on my green egg grill but a good steak at a good restaurant will easily run $100/person. Especially with all the fixins.
Heck you can spend $30 just for the steak at Outback.
“On the other hand, rare to the point of being cold in the middle, I just do not understand the appeal of it, ...”
Hence my tagline - I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.
Years ago, we took my grandmother out to a steakhouse for dinner on a special occasion. She’d never been to one. The waiter asked her how she’d like her steak, she looked at him like he had three heads, laughed a little and said “done.” English descent, I guess ancestral habits survive for a long time, centuries.
guess I couldn’t put two and too together.
There are quite a few restaurants that would refuse to serve your wife a Filet Mignon well-done. It’s a crime, really, to prepare meat of that cut well done, because a Sirloin would be just as good if it’s going to be burned to a crisp. Overcooking fine cuts of steak is pointless.
The Chef often takes it personally. In her younger days, a Chef once banned my wife from his kitchen for a shift because she brought him an order to cook a Filet Mignon well-done.
He shouldn’t have eaten dinner in the Champagne Room.
For a ha-ha, Chris Rock’s ‘There is no sex in the Champagne Room’, Xena version.
I guess paying $8.99 for a 6 oz rib eye steak is down right cheap comparing to the other steakhouses! (I lived with parents who grew up during the Depression)
That's Newyorkey for "overpriced."
In 1957, I was a busboy(today- P/C busser), in Denver Co. The restaurant was billed as “The Finest Steakhouse West of the Mississippi” Served the likes of Jack Webb- Dragnet, Jayne Mansfield(her’s were real- before enhancements). The cfe would not make a steak over medium. If sent back for MW or well, would throw the meat on the floor, step on it, pick it up, spit on it and say “the pigs want burnt meat, I’ll give it to them”. He about burnt it to death.. Lesson learned- Never sent a meal back, anywhere, in the 57 years, since.
There’s a long, sordid story I have about a NY restaurant and a wallet.
I was taking my son and his GF to a day in the city. We were eating at the Tribecka Grill and when it came to pay, I noticed my wallet was missing. Between them, the two guests didn’t have a nickel . Neither should they have, b/c they were my guests. I lost $300. in cash and all my credit cards....and ID. Fortunately, the maitre-d’ was understanding, and helped me negotiate a cash advance, with one of my card companies., to pay for the tab and tip, and enough cash to get a cab up uptown to our garaged car. Imagine the embarrassment and concern. We called the NYPD...and their basic attitude was *forget it* . *The wallet is gone, you’ll never see it back.* We even canvassed the trash cans ourselves, up and down the area, in hopes they only took the cash, and dumped the wallet and IDs.
Well, the thieves were pros. They tried my cards in a gas station to learn that they were *good* and proceeded to buy metro passes, concert tickets, yada ‘til the cards were maxed out. The years that followed were a nightmare straightening out my credit and cancelling stuff they ordered in my name.. It was a full 2 years before I felt I free from their shenanigans.
So if this tourist was an *innocent abroad*, I don’t know...but restaurant managers are not heartless, when there is a unusual situation...this is NYC, they’ve seen it all.
Et two Brute?
Y’all are tew funny!
A "Tony" steakhouse is where gumbas like Paul Castellano hang out,as shown below.
Order the steak the way you want it. If they don't cook it that way, then send it back. After all, you're paying for it.
My parents were also Depression babies and my Dad,particularly,made it a habit to live well below his means...a lesson that I've adopted in my own life.To me a $10 small steak at Outback,cooked medium-rare,is just fine for me.However I *did*,once,go to Ruth's Chris Steak House and the $30 sirloin I had there was absolutely heavenly.
Depends on where you are. My wife always orders her steak well done. One time she ordered a steak at an Outback, and it arrived rare. I could see the blood flowing on her plate. She sent it back. It came back shoe leather. She was so distraught, she actually broke out crying. We’ve never had an experience like that again, but like I said, I can eat steak done a variety of ways. It’s not worth sending food back time and again if you’re satisfied with what you have. Kind of like life...which reminds me of a story...but I’ll spare you.
Tell that to my wife. Then step back.