NEW YORK — Momofuku is going upscale, with plans to open a Noodle Bar at the Shops at Columbus Circle sometime next year.
British restaurant Bluebird by D&D also plans to join the Restaurant and Bar Collection inside Time Warner Center. Bluebird by D&D will open in the Spring of next year with Momofuku Noodle Bar following in mid-2018. The Related Companies is the operator and developer of Time Warner Center.
Founded by Chef David Chang, Momofuku Noodle Bar first opened in New York City’s East Village in 2004. Momofuku has since grown to include restaurants in New York, Sydney, Toronto, Washington, DC, and Las Vegas, and David has been honored with five James Beard Foundation Awards.
Noodle Bar serves noodles, buns, and a rotating selection of dishes that change with the seasons. For the second location in New York City, Executive Chef Tony Kim is developing a new menu to translate the DNA of the original Noodle Bar to the Time Warner Center Restaurant and Bar collection. The Noodle Bar location will span 4,000 sq. ft. on the third floor, feature a full bar, and serve both lunch and dinner.
“I remember when the Time Warner Center opened in 2004,” said Chef David Chang. “There wasn’t anything like it in New York- one building holding some of the best culinary talent in the world. I never in my wildest dreams thought that I would be able to be a part of the collection down the road. It’s an opportunity to provide a place where people can eat delicious food at an affordable price for those who both live and work in the surrounding area.”
“Time Warner Center has long been home to some of the most diverse and unique culinary experiences and we are thrilled to welcome D&D’s Bluebird and Momofuku’s Noodle Bar. Bluebird has a well-earned reputation as a great gathering place for the Londoners, and a place to celebrate every day, and we know diners will have the same experience in their new location where they are planning a concept that is uniquely New York. David Chang and Momofuku are known for their culinary innovation and Noodle Bar will bring a great energy and experience to the center around the clock,” said Kenneth Himmel, restaurateur and President of Related Urban, the mixed-use division of Related Companies.
The new Bluebird will span over 10,000 sq. ft. on the third floor and feature breathtaking views of Central Park and the City. Bluebird Chelsea is a London landmark on King’s Road renowned for its modern European with quintessential classic British dishes. Once a magnificent art deco garage complex, with links to speed racer Sir Malcolm Campbell, this flagship multipurpose eating and drinking venue was envisioned by D&D London, the famed restaurant group founded by Des Gunewardena and David Loewi in 2006. D&D London is central to London’s restaurant scene, owning some of the capital’s most celebrated restaurants, including German Gymnasium, Quaglino’s, Le Pont de la Tour, and City favorite, Coq d’Argent.
“I am incredibly excited about us opening Bluebird in New York – we could not have picked a more prime location,” said Des Gunewardena, chairman and chief executive of D&D London. “The Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle, with its views over Central Park, is about as good as it gets for a Midtown Manhattan restaurant venue. We think that Bluebird encapsulates much of the buzz and glamour of the London restaurant scene today and will also bring to New York the quintessential style of London’s Chelsea. We hope New Yorkers like it!”