The upcoming Thomas Keller-curated restaurant collection at Hudson Yards just added two major new names: Spanish restaurant pioneer and "food hero" chef José Andrés, and Greek seafood restaurateur Costas Spiliadis, according to the developer. Andrés, who announced his first New York restaurant earlier this year, will be opening a to-be-revealed Spanish-inspired restaurant, while Spiliadis will open another location of his Midtown Greek seafood restaurant Estiatorio Milos.
Hudson Yards, a 28-acre mixed-use development over train tracks by Related Companies, has been bulking up on big names for its restaurants and retail portion, grabbing New York's first Neiman Marcus location as a flagship store and Keller as the headlining restaurateur. Besides his own restaurant, Keller has a say in picking out the 11 other dining establishments in the Shops and Restaurants at Hudson Yards — a set-up akin to Keller's restaurants in the Time Warner Center but with a more diverse set of price points and options, according to the developer.
Andrés and Spiliadis are the first major culinary players to be announced since Keller, and Andrés in particular is a big name for Hudson Yards. For years, industry sources whispered that the DC-based celebrity chef was planning his first New York restaurant. It was only earlier this year that the hotel chain SLS confirmed that Andrés would be opening The Bazaar at a hotel on 30th and Park Avenue South. It's expected to be one of the biggest openings next year. Andrés, a James Beard award-winning chef, runs more than a dozen restaurants across the country, ranging from food trucks to fine dining, and several of the concepts are within larger establishments like hotels or casinos. The Hudson Yards project will have a more relaxed price point than The Bazaar, and the chef promises, "Tapas will be at the heart of it."
Similarly, Spiliadis has experience with running a restaurant within a larger set-up, including his dining room in The Cosmopolitan hotel in Las Vegas. He's had a location of Estiatorio Milos in New York, at 122 West 55th St., since 1997, and the one in Hudson Yards will be about the same concept. Though the pricey restaurant hasn't gotten the best reviews here recently, Spiliadis has made a name for himself across the world serving upscale Mediterranean-style seafood dishes.
The restaurants are set to open in 2018 along with the rest of the Eastern Yards portion of the development, which has a planned overall completion date of 2024. Besides the dozen restaurants near Keller's, Hudson Yards will also have a food hall and an indoor bar with an observation deck.