Next up, in the third-floor space in the Time Warner Center that was La Voce, will be Bluebird London, from D&D London, a restaurant group with a presence all over Europe. They’ve reconfigured the area, opening up the entrance for an all-day cafe and wine bar; a curving walkway leads to the bar and spacious brasserie-style restaurant overlooking Columbus Circle. The chef, Nicolas Houlbert, is French, a veteran of Daniel Boulud’s restaurants, and his menu offers contemporary interpretations of British dishes like Cornish chicken pie, fish and chips, and classic roasts. Afternoon tea will be served.
By next year the English onslaught will be in full force. D&D London will open a restaurant in Hudson Yards, as will Rhubarb, another London group, which plans an “East-meets-West” menu.
Long delayed, the London steakhouse Hawksmoor should finally be ready next spring. And the Aqua Restaurant Group, based in Hong Kong with restaurants in Beijing and London, has a New York restaurant on the drawing board, possibly Chinese, in Midtown.
Washington, D.C., is also getting a taste of England, with Leon, the first American branch of a string of stylish fast-casual restaurants notable for their fresh take on salads, wraps and grilled combinations. The company is also known for its colorful and effective cookbooks, some of which are sold in America.
Bluebird London Time Warner Center, 10 Columbus Circle, September.
The Hoxton, Williamsburg 97 Wythe Avenue (North 10th Street), Williamsburg, Brooklyn, September.
Leon 1724 L Street, NW (18th Street), Washington, D.C., September.