Kate Middleton's Favorite Restaurant, Bluebird London, Lands in New York
If you've never been to Bluebird, the beloved restaurant in the Chelsea neighborhood of London-where Kate Middleton frequently dined with Prince William in their dating days-you no longer have to cross the pond to get your British fix. Since its New York opening in mid September, the restaurant has quickly become a fixture in the midtown dining scene.
The Manhattan outpost embodies the European all-day café concept that made the original Bluebird a staple of London life. Patrons might come in for a morning coffee and classic British breakfast, then a midday business lunch, and a post-work drink.
"You've got the cafe, the gallery, the bar, and the restaurant, and private dining, so you've got a lot of different elements," says David Loewi, co-founder of the British restaurant group D&D, which manages the property. "It's a meeting place with a great atmosphere in an unpretentious surrounding."
Located in the Time Warner Center in Columbus Circle, just steps from Lincoln Center and Central Park, the restaurant is well-positioned for those seeking a pre-theater meal or lunch after a morning at a museum. "It's a very discerning local community and we're getting a lot of regulars coming in," says Loewi. Even Oprah Winfrey has reportedly dined there several times.
Above all, Loewi wants the experience to be comforting. "When someone walks in we want it to be approachable. It should be a home away from home."
For dinner, patrons can expect to find traditional British dishes like Beef Wellington, Cornish chicken pie, fish and chips, and monkfish and shrimp curry. Afternoon tea has also been a big hit. During the holiday season, look for Christmas puddings and mince pies. Be sure to end with the Chocolate Bluebird, a race-car shaped chocolate shell concealing a creamy hazelnut mousse-named for the Bluebird car that broke land-speed records in 1925.