London steakhouse Hawksmoor a surprising hit in New York

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The main dining room in Hawksmoor’s New York restaurant, which opened in September  (Hawksmoor)
The main dining room in Hawksmoor’s New York restaurant, which opened in September (Hawksmoor)

Renowned London steakhouse Hawksmoor has become a surprise hit across the pond after launching its first restaurant in New York.

The chain, which has six restaurants across the capital, has received a string of rave reviews from American diners and food critics since opening on Park Avenue and 22nd Street in September.

Forbes hailed the posh eatery as a “mecca for meatlovers”, while the New York Post praised its “lively bar scene and decadent menu”.

The steakhouse, which houses 150 people in the dining room and 35 in the bar area, is averaging a stellar 4.6 rating across 138 reviews on opentable.com.

One diner wrote: “What an amazing restaurant! Staff was great, ambiance was amazing, and it was the best steak that I have ever eaten. The sides of mashed potatoes, Mac and cheese, and the spinach were out of this world! Would highly recommend this restaurant!”

Another ecstatic customer said: “Beautiful setting for a delicious meal. The Caesar salad is among the city’s best. Rib steak was melt in your mouth good. The triple cooked chips were also delicious and the creamed spinach had a nutty flavor we loved.”

Steak prices range from $28 (£20) for a rump to $65 (£48) for a rib-eye.

Other dishes at the restaurant include charcoal roasted scallops with white port and garlic, East Coast halibut with porcini sauce, and a veal chop with fried oysters and tartar sauce.

Co-owners Huw Gott and Will Beckett say bringing the beloved London business to New York was a long-time dream.

“After seven years of dreaming, planning, tasting and touring, we’re so happy to have arrived in the spiritual home of the steakhouse,” the chain’s New York site says.

The restaurant is inside the historic United Charities Building, which boasts a 26-foot vaulted ceiling, a thirty-five seat bar and two private dining spaces.

In May 2020, Hawksmoor topped an online poll to be named the restaurant Londoners were most looking forward to returning to post-lockdown.

It beat the likes of Brat, Kiln and the Quality Chop House to be named London’s most-missed restaurant, after more than 1,500 Hot Dinners’ readers cast their vote.

In second place came the Ivy, followed by Dishoom in third.

“I think the news that Hawksmoor tops the list of restaurants people want to return to is the best news we’ve had in weeks,” said the group’s co-founder Will Beckett.

“And I hope it’s because Hawksmoor gives people what they really crave at the moment – familiar food done as well as it possibly can be and served by people who genuinely care. I know we miss people as much as they miss restaurants!”

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