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Culinary kings tapped to create Hudson Yards dining menu

World renowned chef Thomas Keller and famed restaurateur and developer Kenneth A. Himmel will curate the dining collection at The Shops & Restaurants at Hudson Yards.

In addition to bringing some of the world’s most celebrated chefs and a new series of food concepts to Manhattan’s West Side, Chef Keller is also spearheading the development of a new restaurant.

(L to R) Ken Himmel - Thomas Keller - Stephen Ross - Per Se Kitchen (c) William Hereford
(L to R) Ken Himmel – Thomas Keller – Stephen Ross – Per Se Kitchen (c) William Hereford

Chef Keller’s classic American restaurant, and the 11 other culinary experiences opening in 2018, will be housed in the one million square foot Shops & Restaurants at Hudson Yards, anchored by Neiman Marcus.

“Thomas Keller is one of the most innovative chefs and restaurateurs of the 21st Century,” said Kenneth A. Himmel, restaurateur and president of Related Urban, the mixed-use division of Related Companies.

“Thomas has the unique ability to conceptualize the most imaginative and creative cuisines, but also possesses an exemplary business mind – a rare combination. Over ten years ago, we partnered on the restaurant collection at Time Warner Center and I am thrilled to be working with Thomas again to curate the restaurant collection at Hudson Yards. Together, we will make Hudson Yards one of the greatest shopping and dining districts in the world.”

Hudson Yards will be the second collaboration for Chef Keller and Mr. Himmel, who previously worked together to open Per Se and Bouchon in Time Warner Center in Columbus Circle.

Together at Time Warner Center they introduced New York City to the concept of bringing best-in-class food, with exemplary design and execution, as anchors in a mixed-use development, a once novel concept that has now become a model for developers around the world.

Due to their efforts, Time Warner Center today houses the largest collection of Michelin stars under one roof, and is one of the most visited sites in New York City, welcoming 15 million people a year.

There are expected to be a dozen different food concepts when the Shops at Hudson Yards opens.

When Hudson Yards is complete, it is expected to host more than 24 million people a year and house one of the greatest collections of shops and restaurants in the country.

In 1994, Keller took ownership of The French Laundry in Yountville and debuted French bistro Bouchon in 1998.

Over the last 15 years, he has expanded his restaurant group to include Bouchon Bakery, Ad Hoc, Per Se and Bouchon Bakery & Café, among others.

Himmel is a famed restaurateur in Boston responsible for opening the legendary Grill 23 & Bar, The Harvest Restaurant, Post 390 and Bistro du Midi – a joint venture with Marlon Abela Restaurant Corporation (MARC). He has also developed Water Tower Place in Chicago, Copley Place in Boston, Reston Town Center in Reston, Pacific Place in Seattle, and most recently two projects on Al Maryah Island in Abu Dhabi.

Developed by Related Companies and Oxford Properties Group, the Hudson Yards 28-acre site will include more than 17 million square feet of commercial and residential space, more than 100 shops and restaurants, approximately 5,000 residences, cultural space, public open space, a 750-seat public school and luxury hotel.

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