New Head Chef at Five Leaves; Former JoJo Meat Cook Cries Sexual Harassment


Riingo, the Japanese fusion restaurant once run by Marcus Samuelsson (he left last year), no longer serves Asian food. Executive chef Jimmy Lappalainen has completely reworked the menu.

Colby Spikes, formerly the sous chef, is the new head chef at Five Leaves near McCarren Park. He hails from Giorgio’s in Portland via Irving Mill when Ryan Skeen was at the helm.

Valentino’s, a new restaurant in Bayside set in the former home of Rudolph Valentino, is a new venture by chef-partner Don Pintabona, formerly of Tribeca Grill.
[Diner’s Journal]

Arlene Keith, a former meat cook at Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s JoJo, has filed a sexual harassment suit against the restaurant.
[NY Post]