Dinner is solved.
Eater alerts us to an interview with Stephen Starr on Grub Street. In it, Starr talks about El Vez NYC and his future plans for New York, including a potential collaboration with Peter Serpico, who Starr first brought from New York to Philadelphia.
Serpico was David Chang’s right hand man and the former chef at Momofuku Ko in New York where he won a James Beard Award. He then partnered with Stephen Starr to open his own restaurant last year on South Street in Philadelphia.
The pair are still shopping for New York real estate so any Serpico NYC is still a ways off.
Stephen Starr on El Vez and the Cutthroat World of Restaurant Real Estate [Grub Street via Eater]
The lineup for the 2014 Taste of the Nation fundraiser for Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign has been finalized. More than thirty restaurants including Serpico, Will and Vernick Food and Drink will be participating at the April 27th event. Tickets are on sale now fro the event which will take place at the Hotel Monaco. General admission tickets are $95 and VIP tickets (which come with an early admission time ar $145).
On Sunday, April 20th, Peter Serpico is inviting his friends Quino Baca and Simon Gibson of The Brooklyn Star to town for a collaboration dinner.
The Easter evening dinner at Serpico features a four-course, family-style dinner for $45 per person. The Brooklyn Star is known for its seasonal fare with a Southern flair and that is certainly reflected in the dinner menu.
So, sure. It’s important that a chef be able to cook and run a kitchen and write a menu and do all that other stuff. But, in this image-obsessed age, if you’re gonna make the big time it also helps to be pretty. Why? Because when the national media run out of nice things to say about your food, they will inevitably turn to a high school-style ranking of your relative hotness.
To wit, today brings us not one, but two completely separate lists of hot chefs. And Philly has a representative on each of them.
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Adam Erace says that Serpico is everything we wanted it to be and maybe even more.
The dashi haunts my dreams. It comes ice cold, an umami-dense tonic of kombu broth fortified with bonito, mirin and soy so inexplicably refreshing it should be served with a Collins glass and a straw. Instead, the staff pours it tableside over a landscape of purslane, charred pea tendril, shiso, compressed zucchini, cucumber pearls in sugar-snap pea pods and cubes of chilled crème fraîche that look like tofu and taste like mozzarella. If you order only one dish at Serpico, make it this one. If you order only two dishes, make the second the decadent egg custard. The mix of eggs and dashi steams in its own little cocotte till barely set; wobbling like a panna cotta, its brown-butter-submerged surface bears enough rare Siberian sturgeon caviar to explain the $25 price tag.
Photo by Jessica Kourkounis
“I’m 31 years old now. I need to think about my future and the future of my family. If you were going to leave New York, this seemed a good place to head to, right? I really was just ready for a change. That said, once I was here, I liked it.” – A.D. Amorosi interviews Peter Serpico for Glamorosi
Last week, Jason Sheehan recapped his first meal at Serpico on South Street complete with some shots of the food and the menu. But for those of you who want to see Peter Serpico’s whole menu and maybe even print it out in order to go over it with a fine tooth comb, here is that full menu.
Photo via Starr Restaurants
First, the good news: Serpico–the long-awaited South Street restaurant being opened by Stephen Starr and Momofuku’s Peter Serpico (heretofore known as Starrpico)–is opening for regular dinner service on Friday night.
Now, the bad news: According to Open Table, Friday night is completely booked up. As is Saturday night. First available table is 5pm on Sunday the 23rd. (Though, weirdly, if you want a 4-top rather than a table for two, you can sneak in on Saturday, either early or late)
But the big question is, is it worth it? After all the waiting, all the speculating, all the anticipation, does Serpico pay off?
Work has been going late into the night at Serpico on South Street. Last night the lights were on and the layout was revealed.