It’s here! Hudson Yards opened earlier this month on the far-west side of Manhattan, attracting visitors with a slick new mall and a climbable sculpture called The Vessel. This giant complex, filled with towering office and residential buildings, has already made a splash with its impressive dining options. Here are six to check out next time you head over to see the spectacle that is Hudson Yards.
Wild Ink serves Asian fare inflected with flavors from around the world. A section of the well-edited menu is devoted to dim sum, which features British and Indian accents. There are several raw seafood options (go for the hamachi tartare), snacks, small plates, and mains like duck a la kumquat. Wild Ink also caters to kids with a shrimp and bacon siu mai (dumpling) and other dishes, and there’s brunch for all on weekends. The spacious dining room overlooks The Vessel, the hybrid arts space The Shed, and the Hudson River beyond. 20 Hudson Yards, 5th Floor, 646-974-7305, wildinknyc.com
There aren’t many affordable options in the luxurious mall at Hudson Yards, but count on David Chang to please the people. This fried chicken shop, a spinoff of the Momofuku empire, serves a concise menu of sandwiches, fingers, waffle fries, and snacks like a vada pav potato cake. This location is small and smells wonderful; count on a crowd pretty much all the time. 20 Hudson Yards, 2nd Floor, eatfuku.com
Another Momofuku effort, Kawi is helmed by Korean American chef Eunjo Park. The restaurant, which is serving lunch only until it opens for dinner on April 15, plays with Korean dishes like kimbap, the Korean sushi. The current lunch menu also caters to vegetarians with mains like the avocado and rice ssam. Start with the white pepper wings, and consider one of the Kawi Sets, which offer several delectable entree options with an included soup course. 20 Hudson Yards, 5th Floor, kawi.momofuku.com
Mercado Little Spain
Mercado Little Spain, located on the ground floor of 10 Hudson Yards, contains stand after stand of Spanish food. There are papas bravas, churros, a market of dry goods, a bar, and three full-service restaurants. It’s much like the Eataly of Spain, inspired by mercados that sell a wide swath of goods to Spanish communities. The three restaurants inside Little Spain are Lena, Mar, and Spanish Diner. 10 Hudson Yards, 646-495-1242, littlespain.com
Thomas Keller of Per Se helms this brand-new restaurant that boasts throwback appeal in both food and decor. Many of the dishes are prepared tableside, including the free range chicken, and the well-appointed interior seems like a place Don Draper might’ve eaten. The New American menu ranges from short rib lasagne to Maine lobster thermidor, and desserts like coconut chiffon cake definitely deserve a look. 20 Hudson Yards, 5th Floor, 929-450-4050, takroomnyc.com
The fine Greek restaurant in midtown has opened a new location on the sixth floor of 20 Hudson Yards. Chef Costas Spiliadis brings preparations of world-class seafood to this very upscale, airy dining room with a sensational view. You’ll be treated to the Milos Special, a fried zucchini and eggplant tower, and other fresh, flavorful dishes from the Mediterranean with service befitting a white-tablecloth establishment (and prices to match). Slightly more casual, Milos Wine Bar is located on the floor below. 20 Hudson Yards, Sixth Floor, 646-907-1970, estiatoriomilos.com