Hudson Yards arts center The Shed announces 121-seat restaurant from Danny Meyer

January 30, 2019

Photo: Brett Beyer

When Hudson Yards opens on March 15th, New Yorkers will have plenty of big-name bites to nosh on, with 25 restaurant and food concepts from chefs like David Chang, Michael Lomonaco, Thomas Keller, Costas Spiliadis, as well as a massive Spanish food hall from José Andrés. And the latest to join the ranks is Union Square Hospitality Group‘s Danny Meyer (yes, the guy who brought you Shake Shack). The Wall Street Journal reports that Meyer will operate a 3,000-square-foot, 121-seat all-day cafe called Cedric’s on the ground floor of The Shed, Hudson Yards’ multi-use art center with a movable shell.

It’s not a surprise that Danny Meyer has gotten in on the game at Hudson Yards. He told the Journal, “I’ve had my eye on that neighborhood forever,” explaining that in 2015 he opened his restaurant Porchlight at West 28th Street and 11th Avenue. He also was in early talks to operate the food hall that ultimately went to José Andrés, but he said that idea would have been “prohibitive” from a financial and time standpoint. And just last month, Union Square Hospitality Group (USHG) announced that it would run the anchor restaurant at the nearby six-building development Manhattan West. There will also be a Shake Shack within Hudson Yards.

This is also not Meyer’s first foray opening a restaurant in a cultural institution. At MoMA, USHG operates The Modern, a contemporary American restaurant with two Michelin stars, and at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the group has been hailed for seasonal American restaurant Untitled.

At The Shed, Meyer has looked to the center’s mission and identity for inspiration, taking the name Cedric from architect Cedric Price. As 6sqft previously reported, The Shed’s architects, Diller Scofidio + Renfro (Lead Architect) and Rockwell Group (Collaborating Architect), said they were influenced by “the open infrastructure and flexibility of the never-built 1964 ‘Fun Palace‘ by British architect Cedric Price.” In addition, the kinetic mechanics of the structure’s movable shell were derived from the gantry cranes that once operated on the High Line and West Side Railyards. To this end, the cafe will fuse classical and contemporary design among a “slight industrial edge.”

No details have been released on the menu, though Cedric will be open from early morning through the evening even on days when The Shed is not hosting performances or events. The Shed will open on April 5, 2019.

[Via WSJ]


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