Michael Psilakis Expounds Upon the Economy, Fish, Headaches


It’s a slow news week, so slow that Bloomberg TV’s Surveillance Today decided to dip its little toe into the roiling waters of the restaurant world. Yesterday, host Tom Keene invited Michael Psilakis onto his show, and, after introducing him as “the Mario Batali of Greek American cuisine,” asked the chef for his thoughts on the New York economy and fish. Psilakis talked for a bit about using Atlantic salmon because of its price point, stressed the importance of value, and hinted very vaguely that he may someday open more Fish Tags. He also revealed that his biggest “cost headache” is labor and product, though one assumes that Keene’s inaccurate present-tense reference to Psilakis’s involvement with Mia Dona (which the chef left in September ’09), may have induced a mild headache of its own. [Via Grub Street]