The massive, restaurant-packed Hudson Yards development just signed on another London-based hospitality group — this time, for a restaurant at the top of the project’s tallest tower.
Related, a developer behind the new Midtown West neighborhood, and chef Thomas Keller, who’s been curating the restaurants in the development, have brought on prolific London restaurant and catering company Rhubarb to open two restaurants and an event space in Hudson Yards.
One will be a 5,800-square-foot fifth floor restaurant in 30 Hudson Yards, but the main draw will likely be the one that’s sky-high. Rhubarb is spearheading the creation of a 10,000-square-foot bar, restaurant, and events space at the top of the building — a nearly 1,300-feet-tall skyscraper that will be taller than anything else in the development.
The property also will be the second tallest office building in New York once completed, and besides a restaurant with a view, it will have an outdoor observation deck.
Hudson Yards is the first U.S. project for Rhubarb, which is known as a “contract catering business and white label restaurant operator” over in the UK. It’s par for the course for them to be running a restaurant in a space that will be attractive primarily for its setting — across the pond, the company operate food in the Historic Royal Palaces and other museums.
Meanwhile, Hudson Yards continues to shape up to be a culinary powerhouse. Big name chefs like Keller, Jose Andres, brothers Albert and Ferran Adrià, and David Chang have plans to open restaurants and food halls in the development.
Another London-based restaurateur Des Gunewardena, known as a “restaurant king” in the UK, is also opening in the mega-development. Once the whole thing finishes, it will have more than 100 shops and restaurants, some 4,000 residences, and 14 acres of public space.