Apparently sky-high menu prices and limited reservations aren’t enough for New York’s food-loving upper-upper class. Hudson Yards’s newest luxury restaurant opening this fall will be members-only — reportedly created specifically for controversial developer Stephen Ross’s “super-rich buddies and CEO friends,” a source tells the Post.
Called WS New York, the second-floor supper club at 35 Hudson Yards boasts “unparalleled access to the finest wine and spirits, world-class dining, and one-of-a-kind cultural events,” according to its website. Food will come from pedigreed chefs with Michelin-star restaurant experience, and wines will only be vintage ones that are 90 points or above on Wine Spectator magazine, which is collaborating on the project.
But residents of the building, where homes start at $5.1 million, won’t be able to dine there without a membership, according to the Post. “Residents can join but it’s so expensive,” a source tells the paper.
Ross — most recently in the press for being a Trump-supporting restaurant investor — will be living in the penthouse of the 92-story building, which also houses the Equinox Hotel and a Stephen Starr-run restaurant called Electric Lemon.
The developer isn’t the only billionaire to create hyper-exclusive dining venues.
Last month, news came out that prolific and esteemed French chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten will be the name behind a private restaurant at 220 Central Park South — a building that’s a favorite of New York’s billionaires, which had a record-setting $238 million penthouse sale earlier this year. Vongerichten’s restaurant will be a 54-seat restaurant on the second floor, and only residents will be allowed to dine there.
And over at 432 Park Avenue, another ritzy luxury building, residents have a private 12th-floor restaurant from Shaun Hergatt, a chef whose now-shuttered restaurant Sho Shaun Hergatt earned two Michelin stars.