Philly has poached several hugely talented chefs from NYC in recent years, but probably none was so buzzed-about before even opening as Peter Serpico. The former right hand to David Chang partnered with Stephen Starr to open Serpico in June of last year to accolades from critics and civilians alike. Now, Starr and Serpico are looking to venture back up to New York.
Eater NY spotted the mention in an interview with Starr published today on Grub Street. In a Q&A prompted by the opening of the NYC outpost of El Vez (check out the photo gallery on ENY), Grub turned the conversation to the future. Asked if he intends to bring more of his Philly-born concepts to New York, Starr had this to say:
In the end, a lot of the Philly stuff is older, and I really want to do new things. Peter [Serpico] and I have talked — Peter wants to open here in New York, so I'm looking for a place for him, too.
It's way too early to know what that could mean for Serpico's presence here, but Eater has requested comment and will update if the project moves forward. For his part, the self-described "very, very negative" Serpico has found many nice things to say about Philly (if sometimes misconstrued), but has also had to adjust to some of our quirks, like needing to eat en masse exactly at 7 p.m.
· Stephen Starr on El Vez and the Cutthroat World of Real Estate [GS]
· Starr Wants More NYC Restaurants; Serpico a Possibility [-ENY-]
· All Serpico Coverage [-EPHI-]