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Inside the Chaos of Hudson Yards’ Opening Day

See photos of restaurants at the Shops at Hudson Yards on Friday

The opening of Hudson Yards — a $25 billion development, with tons of taxpayer subsidies — is a big deal in New York City, and New Yorkers showed up for it. The flagship retail space, the seven-story mall called the Shops at Hudson Yards, was flooded the second the doors flung open at noon, and many people beelined for the myriad restaurants and food options that popped up along with it.

Developer Related has been pushing a Friday, March 15th opening for some time now. Somehow, despite how notoriously difficult it is for restaurants to open on schedule in New York due to construction and red tape, most of them opened today, albeit many with limited hours or menus.

Eater staffers went to cover opening day with observations and first impressions on a live blog, while photographer Alex Staniloff joined to take photos of the space. From David Chang’s Asian convenience store Peach Mart and Thomas Keller’s luxury fortress TAK Room to Kith’s branded ice cream and another Shake Shack, take a look around the mall below — and for more info on which restaurants to head for if you’re willing to fight the crowds, see this guide.

Mercado Little Spain

The José Andrés Spanish market and food hall, created with Ferran and Albert Adrià, opened after 5 p.m. Friday with limited kiosks. See more pictures of the interior here.

A dog sitting in front of the street entrance to Mercado Little Spain.

Kāwi and Peach Mart

Momofuku kingpin David Chang has a full-service restaurant called Kāwi, run by chef Eunjo Park, and a convenience store called Peach Mart, a take on popular ones in Asia. See more photos and info about Kāwi here, and more images of Peach Mart here.

Peach Mart
Peach Mart

Milos Wine Bar

Luxe Midtown East restaurant Estiatorio Milos takes over two floors in the Shops, with the bottom floor functioning as a wine bar. It will have a yogurt bar, packaged goods, and small plates, among other casual offerings. “We think people who live and work here, this will be their home away from home,” VP of marketing Noah Weinstein says of the space.

Milos Wine Bar
Milos Wine Bar

Estiatorio Milos

On the sixth floor is one of the most upscale restaurants in the building, Estiatorio Milos. It has an outdoor area with a clear view of the development’s flagship, $200 million art piece.

Estiatorio Milos
The view of the Vessel from Estiatorio Milos

Belcampo

This restaurant with an ethical meat ethos comes from the Bay Area, courtesy of CEO Anya Fernald. Belcampo uses meat from its own farms. Here, the restaurant is a combination of counter-service and full-service. Learn more about it here.

Belcampo
Belcampo
Belcampo

The full-service area

Steak frites at Belcampo
Steak frites
Anya Fernald at Belcampo
Owner Anya Fernald

Hudson Yards Grill

Hudson Yards Grill is the casual American restaurant from Michael Lomonaco. It’s opening just for dinner, and with a menu featuring everything from prime rib to pizza and sushi, it’s sure to be more of a crowd-pleaser for big groups. Lunch will come later.

Hudson Yards Grill

TAK Room

This is influential chef Thomas Keller’s entry into Hudson Yards. The midcentury, continental American restaurant has been hosting private events but won’t be opening to the public until later this month.

TAK Room

Wild Ink

London-based hospitality and catering company is behind Wild Ink, a pan-Asian restaurant from chef Peter Jin. It too has a view of development’s centerpiece art. Read more about it here.

Wild Ink
Wild Ink

Queensyard and Queensyard Cafe

Queensyard and its corresponding cafe also comes from a British company, the buzzy D&D London that’s also behind critical dud Bluebird. Technically, four different concepts exist within the restaurant, and though D&D isn’t known for its food, it’s very well known for creating a scene. On the first day, tables were booked at lunch.

Queensyard
Queensyard
Queensyard cafe

The cafe

William Greenberg

This is an outpost of a historic Upper East Side kosher bakery. It’s known for black-and-white cookies.

William Greenberg

Van Leeuwen

The popular Greenpoint-based ice cream shop has a location here on the third floor.

Van Leeuwen

Bluestone Lane

Right next door is a location of Australian cafe chain Bluestone Lane.

Van Leeuwen, Bluestone Lane, and William Greenberg

Shake Shack

Danny Meyer’s homegrown burger chain, located on the fourth floor, was slammed from the beginning.

Hudson Yards

Jack’s Stir Brew

Coffee chain Jack’s is on the fourth floor.

Jack’s Stir Brew Coffee

Fuku

David Chang’s fried chicken fast-food chain Fuku, located on the second floor, was also busy during lunch Friday. Some new items have debuted here, including an Indian street food called vada pav.

Fuku
Fuku
Fuku

Citarella

The gourmet grocer, here on the second floor, has a prepared foods section that was packed with the lunch crowd.

Citarella
Citarella

Blue Bottle

An outpost of the Bay Area-based coffee chain is located on the second floor.

Blue Bottle

Kith

Trendy fashion brand Kith has an ice cream bar here, inside the experiential Snark Park. A cup of soft serve costs $10.

Kith Treats

The Drug Store

This cocktail bar is serving mocktails until it gets its liquor license. Owned by wellness beverage brand Dirty Lemon, the idea is that popular drinks here could eventually inspire bottled drinks.

The Drug Store

And finally, the overall mall

The Shops at Hudson Yards on opening day
Hudson Yards
A shopper looks out over the Vessel at Hudson Yards
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