Philippe Opens Out East
Memorial Day, it’s generally agreed, is the starter gun of summer. But the folks behind Philippe are sneaking ahead of the Hamptons pack, debuting their newest outpost, Philippe East Hampton, tonight. “It’s already pretty busy out here,” notes Philippe co-owner Stratis Morfogen. “We figure the real rush will start on Friday, though, when people come out before Memorial Day to prepare their houses.” Located at the old Kobe Club address, the fourth Philippe iteration has been a few years in the works, though Morfogen explains that plans laid in the boom era ought to pan out just fine in the bust. “We’ve already got parties booked,” he says, “and anyway, all those people who have been trying to sell their houses and their boats, to no avail, now they want to get as much enjoyment as possible out of what they’re stuck with. So they’re going to be out here all the time.” Morfogen and his partner, chef Philippe Chow, are anticipating plenty of at-home entertaining—they’re offering catering on the East End, and for the right occasion, Chow himself will come over and cook his nouvelle Chinese cuisine. To those who want to make a night out of it, however, Morfogen offers assurances that he and his team have translated the complete Philippe experience to the seaside: Per usual, the sleek-looking space has been designed by Morfogen’s wife, Vogue editor Filipa Fino, and the complete list of signature Philippe cocktails will be available. Indeed, at this evening’s gala opening, hosted by Hamptons magazine, the cocktails will be part of the open bar. “Our RSVP list is bursting,” Morfogen notes. Drink up.
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