With Amazon basically taking over the entire universe, you probably didn’t expect to see any new malls popping up. But it seems as though that’s not the case. Shops And Restaurants at Hudson Yards just opened on the Far West Side of Manhattan (of all places!) and it’s essentially a glorified mall, containing lavish designer shops, some fairly interesting restaurants — and most importantly — lots and lots of bars.
And whether you love the idea of yet another shopping center taking up space in Manhattan (i.e. Time Warner Center, the Occulus) or if you seriously can’t stand the mere thought of it, here’s how to drink your way through the Shops And Restaurants at Hudson Yards to make your modern day ~mall outing~ a little more bearable.
Starting on Level One…
The Teak Tearoom At The Conservatory serves tea by day (costing about $15 per person, according to Zomato) and Casa Dragones tequila by night. Whether it’s in the form of margaritas, shots, or on the rocks is somewhat up in the air, but the important thing to know is that it’s tequila, and it’s being served to you while you trek through this exhaustingly gigantic mall. It’s open Monday through Saturday until 9pm., and until 7pm. on Sundays.
Also on street level you’ll find Mercado Little Spain, which might honestly be the most appealing part of the shopping center. It’s basically a full-fledged Spanish food hall (think: Little Italy with a Spanish theme), and the market is open until 12 a.m. daily, boasting three restaurants (Leña, Mar, and Spanish Diner) and three bars: Diner Bar, which serves classic Spanish cocktails, Vinos, which — you guessed it — serves Spanish wines, and Bar Celona, which offers tapas, cocktails, vermouth sangria.
Making your way to Level Two…
You’ll come across The Drug Store, which is simply an all-natural cocktail bar, according to the Hudson Yards website. And while the menu details remain somewhat ambiguous, the important thing to know is that it features a rotating menu, so you’ll be able to try different drinks every time you go.
Skipping Up To Level Four…
Queensyard bar is a staple for any Anglophile on the hunt for a drink or a British bite. The price point is kind of up in the air, but according to the Hudson Yards website, it’s a solid choice for a light lunch.
On the fourth floor you’ll also come across the shopping center’s house restaurant, Hudson Yards Grill. And if my assumptions are correct, it will most likely be packed to the brim with people enjoying expensive business lunches and overpriced drinks. So if you’re ballin’ on a budget, I’d tread lightly — with “premium cocktails and an approachable wine list,” according to the Hudson Yards website, it sounds like you’ll probably end up paying a little more than you’d like.
Then On Level Five…
You’ll be graciously welcomed by Milos Wine Bar, which serves Greek wines and small bites. Make sure to stop by during the day, though, because they offer a full Greek yogurt bar, which you can sit and eat, or take on-the-go.
Also on the fifth floor you’ll find Wild Ink, where — according to the restaurant’s website — Chef Peter Jin serves up Asian-inspired cuisine until 10:30 pm every night. Their bar features an 11-foot wine wall, with relatively unoffensive bottle prices starting at $13. If you’d rather be sipping something stronger, however, they also cocktail, sake, and local craft beer lists.
If you can scrounge up an extra ounce of energy, continue to Tak Room, a two-level Gatsby-esque eatery. Based on Tak Room’s website, they seem to serve nostalgic bites which are prepared in front of you. If you’re simply there to drink, on the other hand, grab some bubbly off one of their constantly-circulating champagne carts, while you dance to live music until it closes at 10pm.
Continuing through level six, you’ll stumble across Estiatorio Milos another Greek eatery serving a more “upscale menu.” According to the Hudson Yards website, it’s open relatively late on the weekends, until 12 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. So chances are you’ll be able to get a glass of white (or maybe a little Ouzo) alongside those fresh domaldes or that flaky baklava.
Your last stop on level six will take you through luxe department store, Neiman Marcus. After maxing out your credit card on pricey bags and shoes at the, make sure to stop by its in-store bar called Bar Stanley. They offer a selection of wine, beer, and cocktails, according to the Hudson Yards website, as well as “light bites” including soups, to salads, and sandwiches.
While the thought of having a new mall in The Big Apple is truly daunting, just think of it as an upscale version of the mall outings you used to do after school. But this time — with a major alcoholic twist.