The Journal News has a story on New York State Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada and 19 current or former executives of his Bronx not-for-profit health-care company, who were charged today with allegedly “siphoning” more than $14 million from the clinic where he serves as president and CEO.
My favorite paragraph:
(He) charged hundreds of thousands of dollars on Soundview’s credit cards for about 660 restaurant visits totaling more than $80,000. That includes $20,000 at Mamaroneck-area sushi restaurants for delivery to the Espada’s Mamaroneck home.
And I thought my restaurant bills were high.
At first, when a reporter asked me for phone numbers for the owners of these “Mamaroneck-area sushi restaurants,” including Red Plum and Toyo, I thought the $20 grand was for one meal! But no, it was over many, many meals.
Here’s a video of me and Linda Lombroso visiting several of those restaurants for a story last year:
This leads me to a question: How much is the most you’ve ever spent out at a restaurant meal?
For me? About $300 per person. I’ve racked up that much at The French Laundry, Momofuku Ko, Per Se and Alain Ducasse at the Plaza Athenee in Paris. Gramercy Tavern and Blue Hill at Stone Barns come in second at about $250 to $200 per person, depending on the visit. (And no, in case you’re wondering, The Journal News does not pay for those meals. That’s out of my pocket.)
What about you?