British restaurant group D&D London today announced that it will bring a new chef-driven restaurant concept to Hudson Yards.
Slated to open in Fall of 2018, D&D’s yet-to-be-named modern brasserie concept will join the collection of more than a dozen restaurants curated by chef Thomas Keller, and Related Urban President and CEO and restaurateur Kenneth A. Himmel.
The full Hudson Yards restaurant collection, which also includes concepts from Chefs José Andrés, Costas Spiliadis and Thomas Keller, will be housed primarily in the one-million-square-foot Shops & Restaurants at Hudson Yards, anchored by Neiman Marcus and designed by Elkus Manfredi Architects.
D&D’s new 11,000 s/f restaurant on the fourth floor will serve a menu of modern brasserie cuisine and feature a distinctly New York ambience with dramatic views of Thomas Heatherwick’s Vessel, the Public Square and Gardens and the Hudson River.
“We are absolutely thrilled to be opening a restaurant in what is widely considered to be the most exciting and ambitious development in New York. It has long been a desire of ours to bring a new flagship restaurant to this amazing city. We spent a lot of time considering where to open and believe that the dynamism and creativity of Hudson Yards makes it the ideal location for us,” said Chairman and CEO of D&D Des Gunewardena.
“In my view, there is no other city besides London that can match the energy, vibrancy and diversity of the New York dining scene, and we are all incredibly excited to launch a new concept in what we think will become the new heart of Manhattan.”
“Des and D&D have created some of the most exciting and inventive dining concepts in the UK. We are very excited for D&D London to bring their unique perspective to Hudson Yards, the new epicenter of New York dining,” said Kenneth A. Himmel, President and Chief Executive Officer of Related Urban, who is co-curating the dining experiences at Hudson Yards. “Their new concept will be the perfect addition to Manhattan’s newest neighborhood, and offer an exciting new experience for Hudson Yards’ residents, employees and visitors alike.”
“We are excited to have D&D joining our Hudson Yards community, bringing a taste of its London influence to New York. Restaurants are an integral part of the fabric of any neighborhood, and Hudson Yards – in concept, design and execution – will be an anchor and destination for Manhattan’s West Side,” said Chef Thomas Keller who is co-curating the restaurant selection at Hudson Yards.
Founded by Des Gunewardena and David Loewi in 2006, following a buyout of Conran Restaurants, D&D London is central to London’s restaurant scene, owning some of the capital’s most celebrated restaurants, including German Gymnasium, Quaglino’s, Le Pont de la Tour, Chelsea’s famous Bluebird and City favorite, Coq d’Argent. It now has a portfolio of 35 restaurants and one hotel.
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