Starr Bringing El Vez to New York’s Financial District

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Just as Starr taketh away, Starr giveth. And according to New York Times, the prolific restaurateur will bring a version of his Tijuana Taxi-inspired El Vez to Manhattan’s financial district soon after delivering Momofuku Ko top dog Peter Serpico’s self-titled debut to Philly’s South Street next year. The first word is that the Mexican restaurant, which in Philly served as the launch pad for Jose Garces, and counts Top Chef All-Stars runner-up Mike Isabella among its alumni, will share the look and feel of the original, but with 200-plus seats, will be almost twice the size. Of course, because everything is bigger in New York. [NYT]