The Hudson Yards complex, a $20 billion development on Manhattan’s west side, made its much-awaited debut on March 15. The neighborhood has luxury shopping, a climbable public-art piece, a 100th-floor outdoor observation deck (still actually in the works and not due until 2020) and, of course, plenty of great places to eat. Hudson Yards’ lineup of restaurants showcases ventures from some of the most famous chefs in the world. A number of restaurants opened along with the complex in mid-March, and more are to come—including a 101st-floor dining room above the observation deck and a new Stephen Starr eatery at the Equinox Hotel. Read on for nine notable food destinations open now—or very soon—in and near Hudson Yards.
Belcampo Meat Co.
Belcampo, run by Anya Fernald, has built a reputation on the West Coast by sourcing meats ethically from its own farm. This Hudson Yards restaurant, the company’s first location outside of California, focuses on meaty dishes like burgers and steak salads as well as Nashville hot chicken.
Costas Spiliadis’ popular Midtown Mediterranean restaurant opened more than 20 years ago and is still going strong thanks to its seafood dishes and a see-and-be-seen atmosphere. Estiatorio Milos has since gone global, but the Hudson Yards location is only its second in New York City. The high-end Greek spot also has a market component and a wine bar with an outdoor terrace where you can sample Greek vintages while snacking on small bites.
Hudson Yards Grill
This casual American spot from chef Michael Lomonaco is one of the more family-friendly restaurants in the complex, serving hearty steaks and rotisserie chicken. The restaurant’s signature burger is a Pat LaFrieda beef patty topped with aged cheddar and a pile of bacon.
Chef David Chang changed the NYC dining landscape with his Momofuku restaurants—the Noodle Bar, Ssam Bar, Ko and others. His main Hudson Yards entry, Kawi, is helmed by chef Eunjo Park and concentrates on the flavors and dishes of Korea; it’s open for lunch, with dinner service due to start mid-April. There are other spots from Chang around the complex as well: Kawi has a to-go window (a recent hallmark of his restaurants) called Peach Mart, and his fried-chicken-sandwich chain, Fuku, will have a new location at Hudson Yards—one that will have an expanded menu.
This luxe all-day café from the folks behind Charlie Bird sits just a couple blocks north of the Hudson Yards complex and has been drawing a glamorous crowd since it opened in 2018. The airy downstairs dining room offers up a seafood-and-pasta-focused menu; in the upstairs lounge, called Ada’s Place, diners sip drinks developed by bartender Jeff Bell (of popular cocktail spot PDT).
Mercado Little Spain
This food hall, which comes in at 35,000 square feet, was created by chef José Andrés in conjunction with Ferran and Albert Adrià to celebrate the cuisine of their native Spain. It will include three restaurants: the paella-and-grilled-meat-focused Leña, seafood spot Mar and the more laid-back Spanish Diner. The rest of the hall is taken up by wine and cocktail bars as well as more than a dozen tapas stands. The bar, shop and some kiosks have opened, with more to follow.
Restaurateur Danny Meyer must have had a crystal ball when he opened Porchlight at Eleventh Avenue and 28th Street back in 2015—and now he finds his bar-restaurant in the midst of a brand-new neighborhood that’s risen around it. Located in a former industrial warehouse, Porchlight emphasizes cocktails and dishes up small bites, burgers, salads and po’boys created in conjunction with barbecue spot Blue Smoke. Naturally, Hudson Yards also has a location of Meyer’s popular Shake Shack burger joint, and he will oversee Cedric’s at the Shed, a bar-restaurant in the complex’s new performing arts center.
This space from British restaurant group D&D London houses four different spots, including two restaurants focused on UK cuisine (think Scotch eggs, fish and chips and afternoon tea), a casual café and a cocktail bar with a gin-heavy menu. It occupies prime real estate on the fourth floor of the Shops, with views of the public gardens and the Vessel (as it’s known for the time being)—a beehive-like series of staircases clad in copper.
Chef Thomas Keller helped curate the many restaurants within the walls of Hudson Yards, and he plans to have his own eatery as well. TAK Room’s price tag will be slightly lower than you’ll find at Per Se (Keller’s other NYC restaurant) and will evoke the 1950s with a menu focused on classic Continental dishes. You will be able to dine on the terrace, which has Hudson River views.