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Serpico

604 South St. (S. 6th St.) Send to Phone
215-925-3001 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
Ambitious pan-Asian fare from restaurateur Stephen Starr and chef Peter Serpico.
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Serpico Restaurant Review

: Philadelphia restaurateur Stephen Starr first made his name in the '80s as a music promoter with a South Street venue called the Ripley Music Hall. Now Starr has returned to his roots, opening a pan-Asian restaurant next door to the place’s old location in partnership with chef Peter Serpico, the former culinary director at New York's famed Momofuku. The industrial chic space features black walls used as a chalkboard for the seasonally-changing menu, touches of exposed brick, a free-standing bar and a sprawling open kitchen with chef's table. The self-contained room is very much its own world separate from the bustle of South Street, all the better for Serpico and company to transport you to new culinary destinations. The small but ambitious menu is organized from lightest dish to most heavy, and they can be shared or not. Raw fluke is a standout, in a soy dressing made kicky with charred jalapeño. Corn ravioli filled with white cheese and served with sour cream and lime add a Southwestern touch, while the duck breast offers bright notes of honey and citrus offset by malt vinegar. For dessert, the breakfast-like goat cheese sorbet has a satisfying salt and sweet vibe from its accompaniments --- toasted almonds, Asian pear and mint. Toasted apple cake is rustic and elegant, paired with a burnt apple sauce with caramel and brown butter, and vanilla ice cream. The well-trained staff, a constant in Starr restaurants, is adept at explaining the nuances of the menu, while the cocktail, beer and wine list highlights small-batch, craft brands.

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