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Following in his family’s tradition of owning restaurants, Stratis Morfogen always knew he would eventually shape the future of New York's hospitality industry. Stratis was nominated “Entrepreneur of the Year” in 1999 by Deloitte & Touche for bringing New York’s famed Fulton Fish Market to the internet in 1997 with the creation of FultonStreet.com. Stratis won numerous awards in customer service for that endeavour, which was highlighted in the New York Times Best Selling Book ”Customers.com” by Patricia Seybold. Today, the hard-working third-generation Morfogen is flourishing as a restaurateur and was the partner/owner of several establishments in New York including Club Rouge, Gotham City Diner, Seagrill of the Aegean, Hilltop Diner, Kids Kingdom Amusement Park, Aubar, Sessa, The Grand, Philippe Chow and Jue Lan Club to name a few. Stratis made his most significant mark in the hospitality industry by creating, designing and developing Philippe, a chic and sophisticated yet unpretentious Chinese restaurant on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, with chef Philippe Chow in 2005. The next Asian concept was Jue Lan Club, which was created for the historic Limelight space with over 8,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor dining. Today with partners Robert ”Don Pooh” Cummins and Dave Thomas, Stratis has created his most exciting menu and concept to date, Brooklyn Chop House. The name is a tribute to Morfogen’s father who had five Chelsea Chop House restaurants from 1955 to 1985.
Brooklyn Chop House plays on the double meaning of the word ’chop.’ From chop steaks, to chop sticks, Stratis married what made him a well-known name in the industry with Philippe Chow and Jue Lan Club. He has taken the best of those two menus and / combined them with Steakhouse classics like dry-aged 30-45 day Prime Steaks including a Porterhouse for 2, NY Strip and Bone-in Ribeye. The game-changer and uniqueness of Brooklyn Chop House’s menu came home by taking the staples from his father’s Hilltop Diner, such as Pastrami, Lamb Gyro, the Reuben, Philly Cheesesteak, Bacon Cheeseburger and French Onion Soup and turning each into dumplings. This drove the Brooklyn Chop House concept viral on social media as the first to re-imagine deli and diner sandwiches into dumplings.
Stratis was recently signed as an author with Page Street and MacMillan Publishing Houses and will be coming out with his first book, "Damn Good Dumplings" in August 2020.
Nov 2018, 5 weeks since our grand opening. Thrillist has awarded BCH Best New Restaurant of 2018!
RATED BEST STEAKHOUSE IN NYC NOV 2019 - NEWSWEEK