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Another Massive Multi-Restaurant Venue Is Opening Near Hudson Yards

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Manhattan West will have Citizens, which will have a food hall, two restaurants, and multiple bars

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A rendering of a plaza at Manhattan West
Manhattan West

Manhattan West — the ambitious new development across from Hudson Yards — will be getting a massive dining and drinking complex from a company best-known for sceney concepts in Los Angeles.

Called Citizens, the planned new 40,000-square-foot complex will feature two full-service restaurants, multiple bars, and a fast-casual food hall. They’ll all be run by C3, a subsidiary of Sbe, a global hospitality group. It’s set to open sometime in October 2020.

It’s the latest announcement about the eight-acre complex from developer Brookfield Properties, which has also brought on Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group for a restaurant there.

Brookfield declined to say which of Sbe’s brands will come to the West Side, but Sbe runs a mixture of restaurants and chains, including Umami Burger, Katsuya, and Mediterranean restaurant Cleo, which already has a New York City outpost.

Most of the company’s restaurants are popular — though more for the scene and not as much for the food. It does run Bazaar by José Andrés, but with the famed Spanish chef’s food hub Mercado Little Spain right across the street at Hudson Yards, it seems unlikely that Andrés would come here, too.

Manhattan West, stretching from Ninth to Tenth Avenues and 31st to 33rd Streets, is a planned mixed-use development with hundreds of new apartments, office space, and retail. It’s not as big as its splashy neighbor Hudson Yards, though it’s also bringing on tons of new restaurants and bars.

Here’s everything we know about the restaurants coming to Manhattan West so far:

  • Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group will debut a new restaurant here in 2020, which will anchor the dining scene at the development.
  • Whole Foods will open a 60,000-square-foot location at the corner of Tenth Avenue and 31st Street.
  • Boutique hotel chain Pendry will have a Manhattan West outpost and will come with a restaurant and an open-air terrace bar. The hotel is set to open in 2021.
  • Restaurateur Josh Cohen — a man who’s a partner in big-deal restaurants like Lilia and Chez Ma Tante — is part of a team building a restaurant, bar, and theater venue called Elemental, that’s set to open in 2021.

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