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Stephen Starr's Hudson Garden Grill Opening at New York Botanical Next Week

There are 120 seats on a patio for lunch in the garden.

Steve Legato

Next Tuesday, The New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx will get its first full-service restaurant, Hudson Garden Grill run by restaurateur Stephen Starr's event arm, STARR Events. The New American restaurant that's been in the works for two years, will let diners eat in the garden itself with 120 seats on an outdoor patio and another 80 in a room with walls lined with wood from trees that fell in the garden when Hurricane Sandy hit.

While the restaurant will be open for breakfast, afternoon tea, and an early supper, the focus here is on lunch. The menu includes a Hudson Valley cheese board to chopped salad, turkey sandwiches, a lobster bolognese made with bucatini, and a requisite kale salad. Curiously, there will also a "In ‘N Out style" burger according to a release, though we're not quite sure how the restaurant plans to replicate the West Coast cult favorite here.

Menu options will expand May 16 with the opening of a Frida Kahlo exhibit at the garden. There will be an outdoor tequila bar, cantina, and taco truck serving dishes inspired by Kahlo's own recipes.

New York Botanical Garden

2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx, NY 10458 (718) 817-8700 Visit Website