Thomas Keller, David Chang, and José Andrés are slotted to open in the west side development. Here’s a guide on what to expect.
One of the most ambitious development projects in New York City is the creation of an entirely new neighborhood on the west side of Manhattan called Hudson Yards, the result of a 2005 rezoning. With a slew of tall new office buildings, apartments, and a train stop comes the need for brand-new food options, too — an effort particularly spearheaded by Related Companies, the developer also in charge of the fine-dining destination-packed Time Warner Center.
Here, the complex to watch out for is called the Shops at Hudson Yards, a seven-story retail space with food options approved in part by Per Se chef Thomas Keller. The massive property — which is between 30 and 10 Hudson Yards along 10th Avenue — still isn’t quite filled out yet, but big names like David Chang have already signed on to open restaurants there. Other properties in the development will also have food on deck, including a huge food hall from DC-based José Andrés. Though buildings in the area start opening this year, most of the restaurants and food halls are expected to open together in March 2019, along with a public garden and retail shops like Neiman Marcus. All in all, more than 100 shops and restaurants will flood the area in the next couple years.
Below, here’s a running list and guide to all the restaurants opening in the project — including what’s known so far about the highlights. To find out more about how Related Urban’s CEO Kenneth Himmel picked the spots, check out this story.
Mercado Little Spain, a Spanish food hall from José Andrés and the Adrià brothers
Billed as the Spanish version of Eataly, this 35,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor food hall at 10 Hudson Yards, at 10th Avenue and 30th Street, will be manned by three of the biggest Spanish food chefs in the world.
José Andrés is a DC-based chef who owns more than a dozen restaurants as part of company Think Food Group; he’s credited with popularizing tapas and other Spanish cuisine in the U.S. and his Minibar in D.C. has two Michelin stars. Ferran and Albert Adrià don’t have any restaurants in the U.S. but are considered two of the most renowned modernist chefs in the world for their work at El Bulli, a now-shuttered experimental restaurant with three Michelin stars that was a trailblazer in molecular gastronomy.
Expect all kinds of Spanish cuisine at this market and food hall. So far, this Spanish dream team has said that it will include three full-service restaurants and smaller bars, offering coca (a kind of Spanish pizza), tortilla, tapas, jamon, churros, fried seafood, sandwiches, salads, and Spanish pastries. Retail shops will also be on deck. In June 2018, Andrés announced the name for the market: Mercado Little Spain, inspired by “inspired by the immigrant neighborhoods that forged the identity of New York and other US cities.”
A more casual full-service restaurant from Thomas Keller
Bicoastal chef Thomas Keller is in charge of much of the dining options at Hudson Yards, and besides that input, he’s also opening a restaurant of his own over on the fifth and sixth floors of The Shops. Tentatively called TAK Room, the 200-seater will be less pricey than his tasting menu flagships French Laundry and Per Se. Luxury, though, likely won’t be totally absent; the chef has said it will have some Mad Men-era touches, reflecting “a time when the fanciest food in America was called continental cuisine.”
It’s a big deal: Keller is one of the most influential fine dining chefs in the country, and this will be his first new restaurant in about a decade. But his reputation has taken a bit of a hit in New York after Eater’s Ryan Sutton and the Times’ Pete Wells both slammed Per Se in the last couple years — expect all eyes to be on Keller to see how the icon is adapting to the times. Elsewhere in the Shop, he will also have an outpost of his chain Bouchon Bakery.
A new David Chang restaurant
Momofuku kingpin David Chang has taken over 5,000-square-feet on the fifth floor of The Shops building for a to-be-named restaurant, and in New York, any restaurant under the company tends to get slammed pretty quickly. The chef in charge of the menu here, though, will be Eunjo “Jo” Park, a former Ko chef who’s also spent time at Daniel and Per Se. Korean fare will be “the backbone” of the offerings, but don’t expect tradition. She’s pouring her varied cooking (and life) experiences into the menu of small and shareable plates, resulting in a restaurant intended to feel distinct from any one cuisine. It will have a dining room, a bar with Korean spirits, and a sushi counter that will have seats looking into an open kitchen. RSE Ventures, a private investment firm owned by Related, has a stake in Momofuku, and this will be Momofuku’s most expensive buildout ever. The restaurant group’s fast-casual spicy fried chicken sandwich mini-chain Fuku will also have an outpost here.
A restaurant with a crazy view
What will likely be a huge destination here is a restaurant at the top of 30 Hudson Yards, a building at the corner of 10th Avenue and 33rd Street that will be the tallest in the development at 1,300 feet. The group behind it is Rhubarb, a London-based catering company that’s known for cafes and restaurants in high-profile spaces like the Historic Royal Palaces. The company is also opening a restaurant on the fifth floor of the Shops, but the view at the sky-high restaurant will likely be the primary draw. Besides food and drink, the 10,000-square-foot bar, restaurant, and events space will be closely linked to an outdoor observation deck — which, when open, will be the highest one in New York.
Meat from a Bay Area favorite
A more recent exciting addition to the lineup comes from northern California, a fast-casual restaurant that’s based its offerings around the ethos of ethical meat sourcing. Belcampo Meat Co. is a butcher with a farm in Shasta Valley, California, and just like it does in the Bay, co-founder and CEO Anya Fernald will be shipping whole animals to New York for burgers, bone broth, sausages, and protein-topped vegetable bowls on the fourth floor of the Shops. The menu’s not finalized yet, but options like lamb burgers with black garlic aioli, Nashville hot chicken sandwich, and duck confit poutine could be available. It will be the first location of the popular restaurant outside of California.
What Else to Expect
A brasserie with from a British ‘restaurant king’: One of the UK’s biggest and best known restaurant groups D&D London already has settled into New York with Bluebird in the Time Warner Center, but Des Gunewardena and David Loewi actually started talking to Keller and Himmel first for this space at Hudson Yards. The to-be-named restaurant will be a brasserie on the fourth floor of the Shops, covering 11,000-square-feet of real estate, and is expected to have a clear view onto the public square in the middle of the development, including the centerpiece of the space, Thomas Heatherwick’s Vessel. In the UK, the prolific company owns more than 30 restaurants, including ones with Michelin stars, and is known for chic hotspots that veer on the upscale side.
Casual American dining from chef Michael Lomanaco: The TV personality and chef behind more than decade-old Time Warner Center steakhouse Porter House Bar and Grill will be opening his second New York restaurant here. The 265-seat restaurant with an open kitchen and big bar, located on the fourth floor of The Shops, will be called Hudson Yards Grill and will direct most of its attention to rotisserie. A variety of meats — from chicken and lamb legs to prime rib — will be cooked on a spit, and other American classics like fried chicken and steaks will be on the menu. It will be a casual affair, accompanied by a bakery.
A new location of longtime Greek restaurant Estiatorio Milos: Chef Costas Spiliadis first opened his sleek Midtown restaurant in 1997, originally debuting with a bang for its upscale, yet crowd-pleasing Greek seafood menu. It hasn’t been as well-reviewed in recent years, but it’s been popular enough to spawn outposts in Miami and Las Vegas. Over the years, the original NYC location has attracted lots of the rich and famous and powerful. Here, it will be on the fifth and sixth floors of the Shops, along with an outdoor terrace, and it will serve food similar to the other locations.
A restaurant from an international restaurateur obsessed with design: Former investment banker Juan Santa Cruz, who has restaurants in Buenos Aires and London, will add New York to his resume with Santa Cruz Co. at 35 Hudson Yards, a building with an Equinox-branded hotel at the corner of 33rd Street and 11th Avenue. His restaurants veer on the clubby side, but Isabel in London has a spectacular look, winning Eater London’s design of the year award in 2017. The restaurateur, who designed Isabel himself, is fanatical about design, and for the NYC restaurant, he’ll be picking out all the decor as well — so keep an eye out here for a potential stunner. (Note: This one is opening after the other restaurants.)
High end Upper West Side grocer Citarella will have a market on the second floor of the Shops, plus a prepared food section with seating and wine and liquor store. Jack’s Stir Brew Coffee will have an outpost in 30 Hudson Yards and in the Shops. Chain Maison Kayser is planting a location in 55 Hudson Yards, the building between 33rd and 34th streets at 11th Avenue. Over at 10 Hudson Yards, at 30th street, salad chain Sweetgreen will plant an outpost. Australian coffee chain and cafe Bluestone Lane will be on the premises, as will fast-casual, D.C.-based pizza chain &pizza. And New York-born, global burger chain Shake Shack from Danny Meyer will be slinging its goods at the Shops.
In December 2018, the Hudson Yards team also announced that Bay Area-based company Blue Bottle Coffee would join with a location at the Shops. And Greenpoint-born ice cream shop Van Leeuwen will be added to the roster as well. The popular company, known for classic flavors and a chewy, creamy texture, will have a spot on the third floor of the Shops.
Not all the restaurants have been announced yet. The public square and garden, open on the 11th Avenue side of the development, will include a to-be-determined cafe. A building called the Shed, along 30th Street, will also host a cafe and bar. And a dessert shop, a candy shop, and a juice shop remain unsigned.
Note: This story has been updated to reflect new information.
Source: NYC eater
Everything to Know About Restaurants at Hudson Yards