It really is an exciting time for foodies in NYC.  New gastronomic frontiers are opening up on the far West Side at Hudson Yards, downtown in the Financial District, in Brooklyn at Time Out Brooklyn, and the new Essex Market.    I work at Hudson Yards so excited that their are now places nearby to dine.  Happy eating!

Shops and restaurants at Hudson Yards

  • Mercado Little Spain – Listed as #1 restaurant for 2019 by NYT.  And it must have been a challenge with the labyrinth of Spanish restaurants, bars, cafes, kiosks and shops the chef Jose Andres presides over.  It has made the NY Spanish food scene 10X (100X?) better.  It gives us ingredients we have never seen in NY before (like weeks-old Iberico pigs slowly melted over fire, or imported rabbit so flavorful that no one says it tastes like chicken, and a Valencian paella cooked over burning logs).  But the most impressive foods are the most elementary: the gazpacho, the thick, dark hot chocolate with churros just out of the fryer, the goblets of gin and tonic…
  • Legacy Records – 517 West 38th Street, no phone –  Open for dinner only.  First restaurant to open in Henry Hall, an apartment building at the northern end (restaurant named for a recording studio once housed in this space).  The partners in Charlie Rose and Pasquale Jones and the Chef Ryan Hardy will open this two story restaurant in the former Legacy Recording Studios.  Menu will be more upscale than his other two casual restaurants with a focus on seafood. Got a good review in the NYT.  Recommends live diver scallop; raw tuna belly; charred snap peas and ramps; grilled pigeon; cavatelli verde with lamb sugo; honey lacquered duck; spring lamb.  Cocktails are inventive and wine list full of great producers (though a bit pricey).
  • Tak Room –  This famous chef, Thomas Keller, opened a Bouchon Bakery on fifth level and an American Grill named TAK Room, on the fifth & sixth levels with outdoor terrace seating.  Clubby decor and very high prices.

  • Estiatorio Milos – high-end Greek seafood restaurant with outdoor seating on the fifth & sixth floors and a more casual wine bar below.
  • Kawi – Chef David Chang opened a two-part project on the fifth floor.  The front is a cafe (style of Momofuku Ssam Bar) with a more formal restaurant behind. It’s a straight-up Korean restaurant that’s well worth the hike to get there and the menu fights the shopping malls’s big-box torpor every step of the way!

  • Cipriani – formal restaurant from this family with several other dining rooms and catering halls in NYC.  Featuring Italian food with a Venetian accent.  On the fifth floor.
  • Gabby Karan de Felice and Gianpaolo de Felice – the couple who own Tutto Il Giorno in TriBeCa and Southhampton, created a casual Italian restaurant on the fifth floor.
  • Michael Lomonaco – NY chef who has a steakhouse and bar in Time Warner, opened a 220 seat seat American restaurant with local and regional classics, on the fourth floor, with an open kitchen.
  • D&D London – 35 Hudson Yards, 212.564.3005 – London based group of splashy restaurants opened a 11,000 square foot restaurant on the fourth floor.  Includes an all-day cafe.
  • The Tavern by WS – Providing a view of the Vessel this latest restaurant in Hudson Yards is an American Brasserie.  The chef, Eli Kaimeh (Gramercy Tavern & Per Se) created a menu featuring steak-frites, beef tartare, rotisserie chicken, herb-crusted sea bass, and a chopped salad…everything you’d expect at a bistro.

35 Hudson Yards

  • Juan Santa Cruz – Buenos Aires restaurateur opening a restaurant on the ground floor on the western side.
  • Equinox Hotel – one restaurant in the hotel and another in the building.

10 Hudson Yards

  • Merado Little Spain – (yes, worth two entries) Jose Andres, celebrity chef who cooked at elBulli in Catalonia, moved to  Washington DC and became an instant US success, now has restaurants in multiple cities and opened this wonderful market and food hall for all things Spanish. It is a 35,000 sq Foot indoor-outdoor space.  “It will be in the spirit of markets like Boqueria” in Barcelona, with sit-down restaurants, Bars, and 15 kiosks offering different regional specialties.  Joining him as partners are bakers, winemakers, and other food artisans (including the renowned Barcelona chefs Ferran and Albert Adria).

There are also some great places in near proximity of Hudson yards with a few  reasonably priced.

  • Trestle on Tenth- 242 10th Ave, 212.645.5659
  • Corkbuzz Wine Studio in Chelsea Market – 75 9th Ave, 646.237.4847
  • Santana (next to the Whitney) –  820 Washington St, 212.254.3000
  • Untitled (in the Whitney) – 99 Gansevoort St, 212.570.3670
  • Salinas – 136 9th Ave,  212.776.1990
  • High Street on Hudson – 637 Hudson St., 917.388.3944 – very casual, best for breakfast or lunch
  • Cookshop – 156 10th Ave
  • Bottino – 246 10th Ave
  • Salinas – 136 9th Ave

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