Founders Huw Gott and Will Beckett will launch the 180-cover flagship restaurant in the former United Charities Building between Madison Square Park and Gramercy Park. It will be the tenth site in the Hawksmoor portfolio.
The restaurant will serve Hawksmoor signatures such as its ‘dictionary thick’ cuts of beef; seafood dishes; bar snacks; and sides. It will be working with local farmers, fishermen and suppliers to ensure the company ethos of using premium-quality produce carries through to the New York iteration.
Aside from the main dining room, which will occupy the assembly hall of the building, the restaurant will have a 50-cover cocktail bar where it will serve its signature old-school cocktails.
The historic site, on the corner of Park Avenue South and East 22nd, was built in 1893 and is being restored by architecture firm SGA. Co-founder Gott says he believes it to be “the perfect Hawksmoor restaurant space”.
Hawksmoor’s signature aesthetic is that of old school English glamour, with most of its restaurants being housed in historic sites. The New York opening is expected to continue the theme.
“When we open in 2019, Hawksmoor New York will have been 5 years in the making,” says co-founder Beckett.
“While that has felt like an incredibly long wait, it has given us the opportunity to get to know New York intimately, meet the people who make the industry tick, eat extensively in its amazing restaurants and find some passionate suppliers”
Hawksmoor had previously planned to launch a New York restaurant in 2017 in the Richard Rogers designed Tower 3 at the World Trade Centre.
The group opened its ninth restaurant this month in Edinburgh, marking the Scottish debut for the brand.