This March, following the success of Salon and Levan, Nicholas Balfe, Mark Gurney and Matt Bushnell will open the doors to Larry’s in Peckham.
Taking cues from the corner bars, diners and cafes of New York, Larry’s in Peckham will be open all day, kicking off in the morning with hot coffee and fresh pastries, serving deli-style sandwiches for lunch and a concise menu of sharing plates for dinner.
As with its next-door restaurant Levan, Larry’s is named for 1970s dance music pioneer and DJ Larry Levan, and will stay open late into the night, playing music from its vintage Celestion Ditton sound system while guests settle in for dinner.
Larry’s will start the day with breakfasts inspired by the Big Apple’s Italian-American delis; there’s lox, potato latkes, sour cream, dill pickle; and Larry’s breakfast, two soft boiled eggs, mortadella, Emmental, focaccia.
As thoughts turn to lunch, the team will be layering up sandwiches on focaccia such as a meatball melt with pickles and aged Gouda, as well as a selection of plates including the Larry’s take on a Waldorf salad with poached pear, walnut, celery and blue cheese dressing; and veal schnitzel with red cabbage remoulade and fermented chilli mayonnaise.
Into the evening, guests can begin with snacks such as potato latkes with smoked cod’s roe, salt beef beignets or’nduja soaked focaccia.
Next, there are sharing plates inspired by NYC’s diverse dinner scene: devilled crab, brown crab mayo, pickled fennel, bruschetta; XO cabbage with clams and house-made XO chilli sauce; and pig’s head ragu with pappardelle and Szechuan pepper.
For something sweet, there’ll be a daily changing cheesecake, gelatos made in house, as well as Babkas, doughnuts and pies all on rotation.
Wine picks will change weekly or even daily, with regions like the Loire and the Languedoc going back to back. Keeping it simpler still, there will also be two cocktails and just one beer.
Interiors, designed by Gundry & Ducker, are a nod to Larry Levan’s 1970s heyday: tables are topped with orange laminate, surrounded by banquettes and reclaimed green Eames chairs.
Day-to-day life at Larry’s will revolve around a central bench made from Carrara marble, which will be used for pastries and baked goods in the morning, rolling pasta in the afternoon, and communal dining in the evenings.
In true deli style, the menu will be displayed on the three lightboxes positioned above the counter, where guests on the go can order pastries and coffees to take away.
Larry’s will open in March 2020.
Unit 5, 12-16 Blenheim Grove,
Monday-Saturday – 7.30am – 11.30pm (kitchen closes at 10pm)
(Friday & Saturday open until 12.30am)
Sunday – 9am – 10pm (kitchen closes at 9pm)