Headed by Paul Nicaj, Battery Gardens holds true to its law on quality, standard and service. Paul worked with the Plaza for 28 years and at Pierre for 6 before being invited to Battery Gardens by the Makkos Family Organization. Mr. Nicaj, the managing partner, directs a convivial, capable wait staff that exhibits pride in their products, from cocktails to crème brûlée. Executive Chef Ari Nieminen has a hand in the drink formulas as well as the food. Bloody Mary's, For example, go well beyond the norm via a blend of harissa, red pepper broth and lemongrass.