By Katie Weisman
Legacy Records is one of the hottest new restaurants to hit New York City. The swank eatery opened in March in Henry Hall, a new apartment building with a boutique hotel feel that’s located in the fastgrowing neighborhood of Hudson Yards on Manhattan’s West Side.
Mixologist Jeff Bell has developed original cocktails, including the Metropolitan comprised of Ford Gin, Italicus Rosolio di Bergamotto, lemon, cranberry, orange marmalade and rosemary or the Private Stock mixed from Johnny Drum Bourbon, Luxardo Amaretto, Madagascar vanilla and Peychaud Bitters.
This 85-seat two-level space is the brainchild of Delicious Hospitality Group – Robert Bohr, Grant Reynolds and Chef Ryan Hardy – the entity behind the successful downtown New York restaurants, Charlie Bird and Pasquale. Legacy Records is located in Henry Hall’s first two floors that used to belong to Legacy Recording Studios, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment that moved to a new location. The restaurant features several spaces including a walk-up café, dining rooms including private spaces for events, a cocktail bar and lounge, and a wine bar. The multi-space interior was created by designer Ken Fulk, the creative director for Henry Hall, and is meant to encourage the feeling of community for the residents of the building and the neighborhood where fine dining options have been sparse.
Chef Hardy has put a focus on fish; after all, Manhattan is surrounded by water. Their crudo selection offers raw razor clams, scallops, tuna, fluke, and sea urchin with a variety of seasonings and dressing. Th ere are small plates including salads, such as the crispy sunchokes with puntarelle—a kind of chicory, artichokes, and anchovy, or the hand-pulled mozzarella with celery, apple, and almonds. The menu also features pasta, a seafood risotto for two, and roasted meats and fish, such as the honey-lacquered duck with rhubarb, fennel, and hazelnut for two or a classic heritage chicken with spring carrots and green garlic. Executive chef Henry Zamora, formerly of Quince and The French Laundry, runs the show.
Legacy Records is also great for grabbing a drink. Wine director Arvid Rosengren, the current Best Sommelier in the World, oversees a cave of 300- 350 wines mainly from France and Italy. Mixologist Jeff Bell has developed original cocktails, including the Metropolitan comprised of Ford Gin, Italicus Rosolio di Bergamotto, lemon, cranberry, orange marmalade and rosemary or the Private Stock mixed from Johnny Drum Bourbon, Luxardo Amaretto, Madagascar vanilla and Peychaud Bitters.
The restaurant has a midcentury European fl air accented by floor-to-ceiling windows. Banquettes and tables in the main dining area are covered in leather, and chairs resemble those from an early 20th-century classroom. The accent color of “sporting” green wonderfully complements the other materials in the space, such as marble, brass, natural cane details against a neutral white backdrop. Even the walk-up café gets prime treatment with fluted teak. The appeal of the menu, drinks, and interior will surely make Legacy Records a trendy but lasting hotspot. E
517 East 38th Street
New York, New York 10018
Easy Victor café open daily from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Legacy Records open Tues – Sat from 5:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Reservations can be made on Legacy Record’s website or via Resy.