Hudson Yards is bringing a taste of London to New York City.
The massive mixed-use project under development on Manhattan’s West Side said that the D&D London restaurant group will open a “chef-driven restaurant concept,” which will be among the dozen or so restaurants expected to open on the 28-acre site within the 1 million-square-foot mall being built called the Shops & Restaurants at Hudson Yards. The lineup of restaurants will include those by chefs José Andrés, Costas Spiliadis and Thomas Keller and is being curated by Keller and Related Urban president and chief executive officer Kenneth A. Himmel.
Hudson Yards described the future D&D London restaurant as an 11,000-square-foot “modern brasserie concept” that is yet to be named. It will be on the fourth floor of the mall and contain “a distinctly New York ambience” with views overlooking the Thomas Heatherwick installation “Vessel” and the public square and gardens being developed, and the Hudson River.
Hudson Yards is slated to open in fall 2018. The mall will be anchored by Neiman Marcus and have more than 100 other stores, and is being designed by Elkus Manfredi Architects.
“It has long been a desire of ours to bring a new flagship restaurant to this amazing city,” said Des Gunewardena, chairman and ceo of D&D London. “In my view, there is no other city besides London that can match the energy, vibrancy and diversity of the New York dining scene.”
Founded by Gunewardena and David Loewi in 2006, following a buyout of Conran Restaurants, D&D London operates 35 restaurants mostly in London and others in Leeds, Paris and Tokyo. The London restaurants include German Gymnasium, Quaglino’s, Le Pont de la Tour and Bluebird Chelsea. The company also operates a hotel.