Wild Ink has arrived to complement the diverse list of restaurants at the Hudson Yards complex and has quickly become one of the most in-demand places in the city.
Where the Wild Things Are
New York is always reinventing itself. Though often called “The city that never sleeps”, the metropolis could just as well be called the city that never stops building. Hudson Yards considered the largest private real-estate enterprise in the United States, has now surpassed giants like Rockefeller Center in scope and scale. Located on the west side of midtown Manhattan, the complex has opened an enormous amount of space for new businesses. One group that has stepped in to fill that coveted space is Wild Ink, an Asian restaurant located on the fifth floor of the building. Can you imagine the view? Wild Ink landed in New York courtesy of the English group Rhubarb, the same name behind the world-famous Sky Garden and Royal Albert Hall. “We are thrilled to launch our first international restaurant at Hudson Yards. Rhubarb creates memorable dining experiences in the most prominent places in the world. We couldn’t be left out of one of the most iconic places in New York that is redefining gastronomy, ” says P.B Jacobse, the group’s director.
Developed by London designer Robert Angell, the creative engineer behind The Savoy, the space has oriental influences with an industrial touch. The highlight of the design is a 10-seat marble-topped counter in front of an open kitchen that allows guests to watch chefs make the culinary magic happen. If you can’t get counter space, you can seat yourself in one of the 173 seats the restaurant offers, all offering a picturesque view of The Vessel and the Hudson River.
Led by head chef Peter Jim (who had hit restaurants at 50 Bowery and Refinery Hotel), the menu was inspired by his travel diary and is infused with far-flung flavors that incorporate Asian influences and global ingredients.
The menu is divided into seven sections and features shared starters and individual dishes. Begin your dining experience with exotic and tasty snacks, such as crispy pork with lemongrass, garlic and citrus, and wagyu pork with spiced coleslaw and chips in XO sauce. Creating Asian classics with a modern twist is this chef’s specialty. One particular Chinese classic could not be left off this menu: Dim Sum. Coming in three different versions, these small dumplings pack a flavorful punch.
You can choose between the saffron and curry lamb fillings; tofu, ginger, cilantro, and soy vinegar; or an American inspired dumpling filled with bacon, egg yolk, and homemade ketchup. Jim’s dumplings are a modernist’s vision of a traditional dish, smaller than the original but exponentially tastier.
For main courses, bet on the tartare accompanied by mustard that comes to the table on fire, literally. A connection between Italy and Japan is expertly forged by the Yuzu risotto with spice-scented mushrooms. If you just want to snack on something while getting drinks, choose the scallops or chips with aioli sauce. Speaking of drinks, Wild Ink has a cocktail menu created by renowned mixologist Johnny Swet, who earned his stripes at top restaurants like Balthazar, Jimmy, and Pastis.
The drinks evoke a mixture of Eastern and Western influences, with distinctive ingredients such as Thai whiskey, black sesame-infused gin, and more cream. Another highlight in the drinks category is the sheer variety of wines: the restaurant houses a 30-foot wall filled with over 650 labels from various continents. Such is the success of Wild Ink that the London-based group is betting on another venture next year. This next venture, also in Hudson Yards, will contain a bar, restaurant, an event space, and will feature the largest observatory in the western hemisphere.
Photos: Courtesy Wild Ink