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NYC’s Famed Chinese Chef Philippe Chow Secures a Spot on the Wharf

The 7,000-square-foot namesake restaurant brings Beijing cuisine to the growing Southwest waterfront this fall

Philippe Chow preparing duck in a white chef jacket.
Chef Philippe Chow preparing Peking duck.
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Tierney Plumb is the editor of Eater DC, covering all things food and drink around the nation's capital.

Hong Kong native Philippe Chow, the revered chef behind a showy pair of NYC hot spots, will bring his beloved Peking duck and other family-style favorites down to the Wharf this year.

Philippe Chow secured a 7,000-square-foot space at the base of the luxury Amaris condo complex, the Wharf’s Hoffman-Madison development team announced on Tuesday, January 11. The 270-seat restaurant will feature a huge covered patio with views of the Potomac River, with an opening slated for the fall (635 Wharf Street SW).

Chow’s original showpiece debuted on the Upper East Side in 2005 and quickly amassed a devoted A-list following for its modern Beijing-style menu. Recent celebrity sightings at the glitzy, white-tablecloth stalwart include actor Forest Whitaker and Nick Cannon. Along with Peking duck theatrically carved tableside, popular orders include chicken satay; hand-pulled noodles; salt and pepper prawns; crispy beef; lobster fried rice; and soup dumplings. A sophomore location debuted in 2019 in Chelsea’s Dream Downtown hotel.

Here’s a look at the NYC menu:

The second phase of the Wharf, expected to to deliver October 12, will add a dozen new restaurants in all — plus the upscale Pendry Hotel — to the $3.6 billion, mile-long neighborhood along the Southwest waterfront.

Other newly announced tenants for Phase 2 each have an existing presence in D.C. Look for fast-casual options for burgers (Lucky Buns); buttery Maine lobster rolls (Mason’s Famous); nostalgic sweets (Kilwins Chocolates & Ice Cream); Manhattans with a hair cut (Scissors & Scotch); and Latin street foods (Bartaco).

Meanwhile, the first phase of the Wharf will soon welcome Boardwalk Bar & Arcade — a 10,000-square-foot destination for whimsical cocktails and pinball that’s nearly twice as big as the original in Penn Quarter.