Elevated Picnic Foods at Morgan’s Pier

All kinds of mellon salad

Craig LaBan finds that George Sabatino is succeeding by not cooking down to the masses that visit Morgan’s Pier.

The addition this summer of former Stateside chef George Sabatino has added another layer of culinary intrigue, and potentially another audience. But could a young chef whose star rose over 35 seats in South Philly keep his luster cooking for 1,200 from May through September? The answer: A resounding “yes!” And while Sabatino’s kitchen wasn’t flawless, I often found myself in awe of his ability to capture his signature knack for seasonality, wit, and deceptive complexity without seeming stuffy or overdone, for an affordable “picnic” menu that must be turned out in eight minutes or less.

Two Bells – Very Good

Morgan’s Pier: A ‘picnic’ menu on the Delaware [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Morgan’s Pier [Official Site]

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  • There goes the neighborhood

    Liquid nitrogen and uni at a picnic. Dave Katz got it. This dude just doesn’t get it. Sounds like he is just cooking for his own ego. Definitly has some growing up to do

    • Dan


  • Generation google

    Hey guys. You do know you can make cheese sauce with out carrageenan?? Right?!! It is called a mornay sauce. And I can only imagine what happens to those burgers when u drop more than 1 in the fryer at a time… Confit’d hamburgers!!! Mmmm so good.
    Google chefs

  • DaveFame

    Had the burger twice and it was mushy with no flavor. Then tried the BBQ Chicken and it was too sweet and also mushy. Went for the Slow cooked bacon and that was tasty. More than 1/2 the time my fries have not been cooked and stick with the mushy theme. Maybe their main menu is better, but the picnic menu has been pretty bland so far.

  • Whoa?

    I think Philly is finally starting to realize this guy is still just a boy trying and wanting so hard to be man. Sabatino you have years of growth still needed maybe you should go back to being a sous at some place prestigious before you step out on your own. Google will not teach you proper cooking technique