Meet maitre d’ Markowitz: The former Beep buses tables at Noodle Pudding

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RIGHT THIS WAY: Markowitz leads Anne Edgar and David Sussman to their table.
OUR SPECIALS TONIGHT: The former Beep hands out menus.
EXCELLENT CHOICE: Markowitz takes down orders.
TAKE IT FROM HIM: His days of handing out proclamations behind him, Markowitz makes a dinner recommendation.

This public servant got a taste of a different kind of service on Friday night in Brooklyn Heights.

Former Borough President Marty Markowitz served as maitre d’ at the neighborhood standby Noodle Pudding for the dinner crowd. Clad in an eye-catching Hawaiian shirt, the erstwhile Mr. Brooklyn sat guests, refilled wine, and bused tables at the decades-old Italian restaurant as part of his new gig as outer-borough tourism czar for the city’s marketing and tourism arm. The eatery’s owner said Markowitz was completely at home behind the host’s station.

“Marty is a natural — what kind of question is that?” said Anthony Migliaccio. “He’s a public servant. It takes that kind of a common sense in this industry as well.”

Friday was Markowitz’s first foray into front-of-house work, but taking plates and topping off glasses is in his blood, Markowitz said.

“This is my first venture, but the truth is my dad was a waiter of a kosher delicatess­en,” he said.

Markowitz wasn’t just there to seat guests. His main agenda was boosting local businesses and giving tourists advice on where to go in Brooklyn, he said.

When The Brooklyn Paper caught up with Markowitz halfway through his two-hour shift, the restaurant was starting to fill for its evening rush, but Markowitz had only fielded one tourists’ questions about where to head after dinner.

“I suggested the wine bar right down on the corner here — the Brooklyn Heights Wine Bar — it’s a tremendous place,” Markowitz said.

One patron watching Markowitz attend to diners said the whole affair was a tad uncanny.

“I’ve never seen him clean anything in the house at all,” said Markowitz’s wife Jamie. “So this is surreal.”

Reach reporter Max Jaeger at or by calling (718) 260-8303. Follow him on Twitter @MJaeger88.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Epiphany from Ex-Brooklyn says:
Don't slip Marty, like you did upstate and sue these poor people for all they're worth. You never know, Marty might be looking for an even bigger home in a fancier neighborhood.

Another Brooklyn politician scammer making the public work for him:
Aug. 4, 2014, 11:40 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
He is no longer in office, so anything he does these days is irrelevant, though it seems that he got coverage, because it must have been a slow news day.
Aug. 5, 2014, 7:56 pm
Warren W. from Brooklyn says:
I think its just that people long for the days when they had a borough president that wasn't accused of fundraising fraud,didn't have aspirations to higher office and wasn't a member of a racist organization. And didn't need an eight car fleet to drive around one borough.
Aug. 7, 2014, 8:01 am

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