Steak group Hawksmoor is to open a flagship restaurant in New York’s World Trade Center at the end of 2017.
The restaurant will be part of the Richard Rogers-designed Tower 3, which is currently under development in Lower Manhattan, and at 14,000 sq ft will be Hawksmoor’s biggest site to date.
Hawksmoor founder Will Beckett said: “We’ve been travelling to New York for over 10 years, finding inspiration on how to run our company and our restaurants, so the idea of being invited to open a restaurant in such an iconic location in the city is genuinely thrilling and humbling.
“It is also the biggest challenge we’ve ever had, but we hope that if we can bring our passion for sourcing, standards, ethics and hospitality to the restaurant we can become a long-lasting part of New York’s amazing restaurant scene.”
Along with partner Huw Gott and executive chef Richard Turner, Beckett will search out American farms for beef. The New York site will feature Hawksmoor staples such as sharing sized portions of T-bone and bone-in prime rib,along with beef dripping chips and clams and braisedtrotters.
Gott added: “While this is obviously a big deal for us and our company, I hope it’s also a small recognition of how exciting the London restaurant industry is. I think the two cities are now on a par in terms of quality, variety and excitement, and I can’t wait to start work on trying to create a great restaurant there, although we’ll never lose sight of the fact that our London and Manchester restaurants are always our main focus!”
Hawksmoor celebrates 10 years in business in 2016, having been founded by childhood friends Will Beckett and Huw Gott in 2006. The group, which has been recognised by The Caterer Best Places to Work in Hospitality awards, currently operates six restaurants in London and a site in Manchester, along with four neighbourhood Foxlow sites.