The yet-to-be-named site will open in 2018, and span 11,000 sq ft on the fourth floor. It will D&D’s second New York site, after Gustavino’s under the 59th Street Bridge.
It will serve modern brasserie-style cuisine, and also offer views over the Hudson River, the Public Square and Gardens, and of ‘Vessel’, the new massive public landmark set to be created by designer Thomas Heatherwick.
Hudson Yards will feature one million sq ft of shops and dining space, with restaurants curated by multiple-Michelin-starred American chef and restaurateur Thomas Keller, and Kenneth A. Himmel, the chief executive and president of developer Related Urban.
The D&D site will sit alongside new concepts from chefs José Andrés, Costas Spiliadis, and Keller himself (his The French Laundry site in Yountville, USA, currently sits at Number 68 on the 51-100 World’s 50 Best Restaurants list).
“It has long been a desire of ours to bring a new flagship restaurant to this amazing city,” says Des Gunewardena, chairman and chief executive of D&D. “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.
“In my view, there is no other city besides London that can match the energy, vibrancy and diversity of the New York dining scene.”
There will be over 100 shops and restaurants in the development in total, as well as a 200-room Equinox hotel, 14-acres of public open space, a 750-seat public school, and private housing.
The Oxford Properties Group is also working on the development, which will be designed by Elkus Manfredi Architects.
Founded by Des Gunewardena and David Loewi in 2006, following a buyout of Conran Restaurants, the 35-strong D&D London operates some of London’s most high-profile restaurants, including Quaglino’s, Le Pont de la Tour, Bluebird and Coq d’Argent. It also has sites in Leeds: Angelica and Crafthouse.
Its international portfolio also includes Botanica and Iconic in Tokyo, and Alcazar in Paris.