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Aaron Fitterman is a native New Yorker with over 20 years experience cooking at top NYC restaurants as a line cook, sous chef and Executive Chef. He has worked at some of New York’s hottest Michelin-rated restaurants including Tabla, The Biltmore Room, Five Points and Public. For the past eight years, he was the Executive Chef of the iconic Aretsky’s Patroon, where his creative takes on American classics have been highly praised. Now, as the Executive Chef at Nerai, Fitterman expertly curates sophisticated Greek cuisine.

Georgios Margaritis grew up in Neochori Mesologiou, where he attended music school and by 14 years old, was already producing his first radio show. After interacting with people daily from a microphone, it made sense to him to start working in the restaurant industry where he could demonstrate his skills. He studied accounting and when the opportunity arose he moved to New York where he worked as a controller and part time radio producer at a local Greek-American news outlet. In 2006, Georgios joined the Playwright Group and a few years later opened his own restaurant in Astoria, Queens and he worked as a consultant for several venues before joining the Nerai team. Georgios has over 20 years of progressive team building and financial management experience.

Achilleas Mandroukakis has been the Service Manager at Nerai since 2019. Born in New York City and raised in Athens, Achilles developed a love for the hospitality industry. Achilles graduated from Omiros culinary school where he familiarized himself with the industry. With over 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry Achilles specializes in providing leadership, resolving customer service issues, and maintaining a high level of customer satisfaction. Achilles is a powerful force in the workplace and uses his powerful positive attitude and tireless energy to encourage others to work hard and succeed.

Carolyn Peña, a graduate of Brooklyn College in Communication and Marketing has been a part of the Nerai Team since 2019. With six plus years of experience in the hospitality industry, she is a connector who enjoys bringing people together. In and out of her professional life, she is always finding herself in the middle of planning fun and memorable events for the people around her. From planning weddings and corporate events to birthdays and intimate celebrations, Carolyn has found her place at Nerai where she is able to do it all.

For Dimitrios Karagiannis, it was love at first sight. Born and raised in Grevena, Greece, Dimitrios’s passion for wine dates back to when his grandfather would carry him in the harvest basket through the vineyards. Dimitrios studied journalism in Athens, where he worked for several media outlets and became a member of the Journalists' Union. When it was time for a new challenge, Dimitrios moved to New York and began working in the hospitality business. He returned to his roots, only this time serving the wine from the vineyards he once crawled through as a child. Dimitros is always tasting and studying and looking for new ways to innovate. He has been a valuable member of the team since 2018, carrying Nerai’s wine culture to the future.

Spiro Menegatos, a graduate of NYU's Stern Business School, started out as a derivatives trader before investing in Nerai. Shortly after, he realized the restaurant needed his full attention. Born and raised in Fort Lee, New Jersey, he grew up in a Greek family passionate about food. Over the years, his mother's cooking allowed his love for food to evolve. Nerai conveys a specific vision of his ancestral home in Kefalonia, Greece. His inspiration is to present Greek flavors in a modern way and instill the age old Greek tradition of Philoxenia within all the member of the team at Nerai.

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