We’ve been waiting for years, and now we’re spoiled with choices—so what’s the best food at Hudson Yards? Well, there are so many options you’ll have to try a few for yourself to find out, but here are some we’re most excited to visit.
(If you haven’t heard of Hudson Yards, it’s the massive complex of shops and restaurants—developed to the tune of $25 billion—that’s on the west side of Manhattan, close to transit hub Penn Station. Complete with offices, residences, a hotel, numerous shops and restaurants, Hudson Yards is also full of public art. There are works designed by Frank Stella, Jaume Plensa, and Joel Shapiro, with the most expensive showcase piece by Thomas Heatherwick, a $150 million “Vessel,” comprised of a 16-story latticework with 2,500 individual steps. When you visit, here’s where you can eat!)
David Chang’s ode to an upgraded 7-Eleven, Peach Mart is stocking prepared foods and many packaged snacks from Asia. It’s tiny but full of great choices like sandwiches, katsus, and snack cakes.
There are a number of great coffee options at Hudson Yards (and many more opening soon) but start with fan favorites Blue Bottle Coffee and Bluestone Lane.
Check out Blue Bottle if you’re a fan of iced coffee—their New Orleans-style iced coffee is made with whole milk, organic cane sugar, and organic chicory.
At Bluestone Lane, try a flat white (Australian for espresso with steamed milk and a layer of microfoam) or their Aussie Iced Chocolate, which is a decadent dessert with vanilla ice cream, milk, and cocoa.
Many West Side New Yorkers working at Hudson Yards have been patiently waiting for the chance to bring back the work lunch—options have been extremely limited and the first tenants that moved over to the area have been there for around a year (big names include L’Oréal, BCG, and Coach at 10 Hudson Yards).
Chef Costas Spiliadis’s elegant, fine dining Mediterranean spot specializes in seafood and has over 100 Greek wines by the glass.
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With full-service restaurants, wine, tapas, and paella galore, don’t miss Mercado Little Spain. Kiosks will be opening in the coming weeks but this is a worthy rival to Eataly. By Chef José Andrés and the Adría Brothers, Mercado Little Spain is over 35,000 square feet and patrons can buy jamon, high-end Spanish olive oil, and more.
A popular Manhattan chocolatier with a huge following, Li-Lac chocolates are made in small batches by hand. Start with the French Assortment, a one pound box of greatest hits with milk and dark chocolates with fillings like caramel, mocha, hazelnut truffle, chocolate mousse, and more.
Old School Glamor
A Neiman Marcus classic, the Zodiac Room is the department store gold standard for fine dining. Be sure that you’re ready for a carb fest and don’t skip the signature popovers served with strawberry butter and a delicate chicken consommé to start. Helen Corbitt’s Mandarin Orange Soufflé served with chicken salad is also a menu standby that still holds up over the years.
More David Chang
Once you’ve visited Peach Mart, check out Kāwi, the new restaurant from Momofuku that highlights Chef Eunjo Park’s time spent cooking in Korea. Now open for lunch (dinner starts in mid-April).
Maison Kayser is coming soon, but if you need a sugar fix you can check out Dylan’s Candy Bar (great for picking a last minute house present for anyone with a sweet tooth).
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Specializing in artisanal ice cream in unusual flavors like mocha cookie crumble, honeycomb, pistachio, and cookie crumble strawberry jam, Van Leeuwen also does an outstanding job with their dairy-free vegan pints. Their ice cream is made from scratch in Brooklyn and their cashew and coconut milk takes on classic ice cream flavors will make you forget that you even ordered a vegan treat.
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