Starr Enlists Former Momofoku Ko Chef for Philly Restaurant

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Stephen Starr Photo: Patrick McMullan

Stephen Starr has a peachy new project in the works, and David Changs former chef at Momofuku Ko, Peter Serpico, is signed on to lead it. Philadelphia Inquirer restaurant critic Craig LaBan spilled the beans this weekend that Serpico, who is reportedly sick of New Yorks rat race, is settling down in the City of Brotherly Love, where he will launch a self-titled restaurant under the Starr fleets flag sometime in December. According to LaBan, the chef who helped earned Ko its two Michelin stars has been in Philly for months, quietly fine-tuning his menu while under wraps in the kitchen at Starrs Barclay Prime.

Details are spotty at best, but the restaurant, which will have just 52 seats and wont take reservations, is coming to life inside a former sneaker store along Phillys South Street. The strip once served as the center of the citys nightlife and as Starrs launch pad back in the eighties when he owned and operated music venues and comedy clubs there. His return has many crossing their fingers and hoping its the beginning of a revival for the neighborhood. LaBan writes that some examples of what Serpicos working on for the new spots à la carte menu include burned mackerel tataki, sous-vide duck legs "torqued" into hot dogs, stuffed lamb ribs, and amaro-scented oxtail soup with caramelized onion dumplings in shaved daikon.

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