A waitress filed a $20 million lawsuit against a high-end Japanese restaurant in one of New York’s trendiest neighborhoods, claiming its head cook groped her, molested her with kitchen utensils and sexually harassed her.

Satomi Southward, 31, of Fukuoka, Japan, said that from January 2005 into spring she worked without incident at the Megu restaurant, in Manhattan’s TriBeCa area, but in the following months became the victim of sexual “ridicule and insult.”