More news from one of London’s hottest culinary spots: Peckham. The next big opening in the area will be Larry’s – an all-day venue and night-time restaurant from the team behind Salon and Levan. Larry’s (which launches in March in the former Brick House Bread space) is named after fabled New York DJ Larry Levan – interestingly the spot where he DJed, Paradise Garage, was also the name of one of Robin Gill’s restaurants (now closed).
Larry’s is about New York in feel as well as name – its daytime menu is inspired by the city’s Jewish and Italian/American delis, so there will be dishes such as lox and potato latkes with sour cream and dill pickle or eggs with mortadella on focaccia. There will be hefty sandwiches on the lunch menu, as well as Waldorf salad, schnitzels and so on. Coffees and pastries are a daily fixture.
Fans of chef Nicholas Balfe’s menu at his other restaurants will be happy to hear that his sharing plate ethos is in place at Larry’s too: this time with a range taking in New York’s diverse food scene. Expect devilled crab, pigs head ragu and XO cabbage with clams. More focused is the wine list put together by Mark Gurney; just two each of red, white, rose and sparkling but with interesting, frequently changing bottles.
Larry’s will have a NYC 1970s flavour to its décor and, of course, the action will be inspired musically by the DJ Larry Levan’s tastes.
“Larry’s is somewhere we’d expect Larry Levan to go to after playing one of his sets”, says Nicholas. “We’ve cherry-picked everything we love about eating in New York, and combined them into the kind of place we would want in our neighbourhood.” Mark adds, “It’s a naughty little brother: relaxed and informal. It’s the perfect spot for any occasion – a quick lunch, a glass of something natural and a bite to eat, or a leisurely dinner with friends.”
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