British steakhouse brand finally opens in NYC
The opening marks a poignant moment for co-owners and childhood friends Will Beckett and Huw Gott – especially following a particularly vexing 18-month delay to a planned 2019 opening caused by Covid – and one that they hope will be a source of pride to their team and to the hospitality industry back in the UK.
Having first opened in Spitalfelds in 2006 and grown Hawksmoor to be one of the most popular steak restaurants in Britain, they are taking their dry-aged steaks, simply cooked over charcoal, award-winning cocktails, ethical approach to sourcing ingredients and industry-leading employment practices abroad for the first time.
Hawksmoor’s New York home in the historic United Charities Building, steps from Manhattan’s Gramercy Park, has been closed from public view for over a century.
The sensitively restored Assembly Hall that gave a platform to civic pioneers such as Jane Addams, the first American woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, now serves as a grand dining room and is set to welcome the people of New York once more.
The United Charities Building was built in 1892 as a headquarters for prominent institutions including the Charity Organization Society, the Association for Improving the Condition of the Poor, and the Children’s Aid Society, and was designed by architect R. H. Robinson.
The restoration showcases original elements including a soaring 30-foot vaulted ceiling, elaborate crown moulding, stained glass, mosaic flooring, and wood panelling.
The 146-seat dining room features emerald green leather booths, tables made from reclaimed timber, brass accents, patinaed mirrors, and is peppered with antique findings including vintage books and artwork.
In addition, the space offers two private dining spaces for up to 12 people.
Location: 109 East 22nd Street between Lexington and Park Avenue South.