Eat Here Right Now

Eat Here Right Now: Legacy Records

If you only dine out at one place this month, make it here.

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From Delicious Hospitality, the team behind two of Manhattan’s buzziest eateries—Italian-American hybrid Charlie Bird and its wood-fired counterpart, Pasquale Jonescomes the biggest restaurant opening to date in the up-and-coming midtown West complex Hudson Yards. It’s called Legacy Records, and here’s why you should book your reservations now.

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The seasonal Italian menu is phenomenal.

The stars of the show are the coastal crudo and handmade pastas, but their accompaniments make them almost revolutionary. Poppy seeds and hints of sage complement the earthiness of the beet ricotta–stuffed caramelle, while gently handled swordfish pops with a bit of tangerine on top.

The roast duck melts in your mouth.

Save room (and bring a friend) for its new-wave version of Peking duck, glazed with a copious amount of honey and served alongside quince butter.  

The cocktails are killer.

The experimental cocktail program was devised by Please Don’t Tell alum Jeff Bell; you can taste the speakeasy’s influence in concoctions like the Stone’s Throw, a Japanese whiskey spritzer mixed with umeshu and plum brandy. The French- and Italian-heavy wine list, meanwhile, is managed by 2016 World’s Best Sommelier recipient Arvid Rosengren.

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A Tribe Called Quest tracks are on heavy rotation.

The residential building that houses the restaurant/bar/lounge, Henry Hall, is the former home of a recording studio named, you guessed it, Legacy Recording Studio. To live up to its history, the restaurant’s soundtrack is mainly chill hip hop—in addition to Tribe, think MF Doom, Fabolous, and Post Malone—that matches the modish aesthetic of the space and clientele.

You will feel like you stepped into the pages of Architectural Digest.

In fact, you have. Interior designer Ken Fulk wanted to incorporate his signature opulence with Delicious Hospitality’s laid-back approach to high-end service. The result? Luxurious but understated mid-century teak seating and cozy booths, tables upholstered in emerald green leather, brass lighting fixtures, and fresh local flowers. The magazine calls it “hip elegance.”

You could spend an entire day there if you’d like.

Within Legacy Records is an all-day café, Easy Victor, with a forward-thinking bread program—the sprouted seed loaf is heavenly—and a second-floor cocktail bar reminiscent of the New York City standard King Cole Bar.

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