Today, Nassau County gets its own Philippe by Philippe Chow. The high-end Chinese mini-chain — with outposts in Manhattan, East Hampton, Miami and Mexico City — takes over the Jericho building most recently occupied by Palio and, from 1967 to 2005, by Capriccio.
Philippe Chow was born outside of Beijing, and his menu reflects the sophisticated cuisine of China’s capital, Hong Kong, where he trained, and of Manhattan’s Upper East Side, where his eponymous restaurant debuted in 2005. Signature dishes include green prawns (made green by spinach), Peking duck, lettuce wraps and salt-and-pepper lobster.
Two of Chow’s three partners, it turns out, are Long Island natives: Stratis Morfogen grew up in Garden City, Michael Reda in Plainview. Morfogen said that when the company decided to open a restaurant in Nassau, “everyone was steering us to the Miracle Mile, but I didn’t think that was the right move.”
Chow’s Manhattan restaurant has a strong following among Long Islanders, and the partners discovered that most of those customers lived in a band that encompasses Great Neck, Roslyn, Sands Point, Old Brookville, Jericho, Syosset and Woodbury. The Jericho location, on Jericho Turnpike just east of 106 / 107, looked perfect. “Four miles to the left you’re on the Miracle Mile; three miles to the east, Woodbury.”
Additionally, Morfogen had an attachment to the location. When he was growing up, his father owned King of the Sea (now the defunct Jewel of India) in Syosset and Morfogen worked there as a busboy. “When I would drive from Garden City to Syosset,” he recalled, “I’d always drive by Capriccio, see the fancy cars ... I always loved the energy of that space.”
This weekend, Philippe will be open for dinner only. Starting Monday, it will be open for lunch and dinner on Monday through Saturday. On Sundays, dinner service begins at 3 p.m. Philippe by Philippe Chow is at 399 Jericho Tpk., Jericho, 516-605-2555.
"Green prawns" at Philippe