Flatiron Greek newcomer Kyma is already expanding in New York City.
The popular, well-received estiatorio that started in Roslyn, Long Island and opened in Flatiron last June has taken a space directly across from Hudson Yards in a new residential building at 445 West 35th Street, between Ninth and Tenth avenues. It’s going to be big, with 200 seats, two private rooms, and a large circular bar.
Director of operations Joe Ragonese says the group picked the area “because everybody is heading there,” citing how busy the area already is and that only phase one of three has opened so far.
The new location will be similar to the Flatiron one, known for the usual Hellenic classics like Greek salad, grilled octopus, and branzino, but there will also be new additions such as an expanded raw bar and Sunday brunch. A chef has yet to be chosen.
In addition to the main restaurant, the group — which also owns Elea on the Upper West Side — is taking a second location at 444 10th Avenue at the corner of 35th Street, a space that formerly housed Hudson Bar Room. The 65-seat offshoot, to be called Kyma Wine Bar, will focus on mezze and an extensive international wine list by the glass and bottle.
It’s reminiscent of the new Milos inside Hudson Yards, which has a more expansive restaurant and downstairs, casual wine bar. But Milos has had a rocky reception in part due to its lofty prices, and Ragonese thinks Kyma appeals to “a different crowd.”
“Our vibe is more trendy, and we are a bit more approachable,” he says.
The area around Hudson Yards has built up slowly since the huge new development came into play. The owners of Charlie Bird opened Legacy Records, and Danny Meyer has his cocktail bar Porchlight.
Kyma near Hudson Yards is set to open in early spring. Stay tuned for more.