Hugh Stubbins, the architect of a landmark skyscraper with an angled roof at Lexington Avenue and 53rd Road, now has his identify emblazoned over the doorway to a spacious and hovering new meals corridor referred to as the Hugh, which occupies the guts of the constructing’s floor ground. Initially the Citicorp Middle and now owned by Boston Properties, the constructing opened in 1977 and had an atrium stuffed with outlets and stands, an uncommon function that was described as “a U.N. of meals” in The Occasions. That area has been renewed and refreshed. Across the perimeter of a beneficiant central seating space rimmed with timber are 17 eating places, bars and meals retailers, an eclectic assortment, all with counter service and lots of with bar stools. They’re opening step by step beginning this week and supply a snapshot of as we speak’s urge for food. “We see a youthful clientele on this neighborhood, individuals who go downtown or again to Brooklyn after work, so we’re making an attempt to seize a way of downtown,” mentioned Anna Castellani, who created DeKalb Market Corridor in Brooklyn, and this meals corridor with David Swinghamer in partnership with Boston Properties. She emphasised that they needed to supply a extra elegant setting than typical meals halls. “We tried to be true to the constructing,” she mentioned. There’s additionally some outside seating.
The primary to open are Avocaderia, which received its begin in Brooklyn; and Thank You Come Once more, a spot for Thai meals by Roongkant Preechathammarach, who goes by Toon Lau and has a variety of different eating places across the metropolis. Following will likely be Pesce Lulu, for Mediterranean seafood; Alidoro’s Italian sandwiches; BK Jani’s burgers; Mah-Ze-Dahr bakery; Miznon, for Israeli fare; Jumieka, deciphering Jamaican jerk specialties; and Teranga, a graphically arresting department of the chef Pierre Thiam’s West African restaurant in Harlem. Doner kebabs, pizza and Japanese meals are coming subsequent month. There will even be an enormous craft beer bar from Joseph Brothers. The founders anticipate a busy crowd from completely happy hour on; the area takes on a beautiful sparkle after darkish.
The Hugh, 601 Lexington Avenue (53rd Road).
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