The opening of Hudson Yards last year brought with it countless trendy clothing stores, high-end restaurants and even places to get pampered. With so many amazing places to check out within this modern mall, it takes countless trips to take everything in. We finally got the opportunity to check out queensyard, the British-inspired restaurant that blends English cooking with more modern dishes. The interior alone is stunning, overlooking the Vessel, and decorated with bright colors, plush, cozy seating and modern artwork.
Thoughtfully divided into three sections, giving the allusion of a more intimate space, the kitchen area provides communal tables and all-day seating, the café and wine bar is comprised of open seating and serves breakfast and grab-and-go lunches, and the dining room has wingback chairs, banquet seating and offers lunch and dinner. Powered by UK restaurant group D&D, CEO Des Gunewardena explains, “we know one thing to be true: food brings people together, and that is our main focus with queensyard.”
Queensyard serves everything from breakfast to afternoon, and on a recent weekend we stopped by for brunch. We started off with their Pimento Cheese Fritters served with red pepper mostarda, which reminded me of an elevated version of something you’d get while watching sports at a bar, and I’m here for it. Next up was their popular French Toast, which we saw on almost every table around us. It came topped with fried chicken, truffle and honey. While it was certainly good and hearty, it didn’t compare to our next dish, their English Muffin Burger, which came with American cheese, bacon, housemade pickle and QY sauce. It was one of the best burgers I’ve had in the city in recent memory and definitely worth a return trip.
And because Sundays are made for brunching and napping, we had to order up some dessert to fall into a worthy food coma. Luckily, Great British Baking Show contestant Valerie Stones was on the premises signing copies of her new cookbook, The Cake Whisperer, and queensyard was serving up one of the recipes from her book, Bakewell Tart. We also got to try one of the restaurant’s signature desserts, their Sticky Toffee Pudding. This tableside spectacle was worth every calorie, and served with egg nog ice cream over the holidays. It had all the elements that comprise a good dessert, with multiple textures and flavors.
While we can’t yet speak to the rest of the menu here, we are certainly looking forward to making a return trip to queensyard for their afternoon tea service (it is the British thing to do, after all) and dinner.
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