Morgan’s Pier opens for the season this evening with David Gilberg, formerly of Koo Zee Doo manning the kitchen. Gilberg has described his menu as “things we like to cook and eat outside.” That means the menu features items like watermelon with mint, lime and honey; spare ribs, grilled vegetable kabobs, cheeseburgers and pulled pork.
Morgan’s Pier will return for its third season on Thursday, May 1st. As we told you previously, David Gilberg will be the “executive chef in residence.” Gilberg was the chef and owner of the critically acclaimed, and sorely missed, Koo Zee Doo.
Gilberg’s menu will encompass “things we like to cook and eat outside; whether in the context of a backyard barbeque, a stroll along a boardwalk, or a simple picnic on the waterfront.” Look for lobster rolls, Piri Piri chicken, crab cakes and vegetable kababs. Also, look for salads, elotes and a day-boat fish entree steamed in corn husks.
Morgan’s Pier, which opened on the Delaware riverfront two summers ago has made a splash each year with a significant name in the kitchen.
In Morgan’s Pier inaugural year it was David Katz of the much loved Mémé who ran the restaurant operation. Last year, the ownership group that includes Avram Hornick and Sean Agnew tapped George Sabatino who had just made a name for himself at Stateside.
The 2012 James Beard Semifinalists have been announced and Philadelphia area chefs and restaurants seem to have a bigger representation than normal. Tashan, The Farm and Fisherman and Zeppoli all make the list for Best New Restaurant. Pierre Calmels, Bibou; David Gilberg, Koo Zee Doo; Konstantinos Pitsillides, Kanella and Marcie Turney of Barbuzzo all make the semifinals for Best Chef Midatlantic (remember, past winners aren’t eligible).
Le Virtu’s Joe Cicala and Fond’s Lee Styer were nominated for Rising Star Chef, while Jessie Prawlucki (Fond/Belle Cakery) made the list for Outstanding Pastry Chef. Not bad East Passyunk, not bad at all.