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The Tavern by WS, a new contemporary American restaurant opening in Hudson Yards in November

Latest addition to Manhattan’s newest neighborhood, The Tavern by WS, reveals an exciting wine-centric destination

The Tavern by WS, a seasonal contemporary American brasserie, is set to open at 37 Hudson Yards on November 13th. The new venture between restaurateur and developer Kenneth A. Himmel and Wine Spectator Publisher Marvin R. Shanken will feature market-driven dishes offering innovative takes on American classics. Executive Chef Eli Kaimeh, formerly of Per Se and Gramercy Tavern, will lead the culinary program along with Master Sommelier and Beverage Director Michaël Engelmann, formerly with The Modern. The wine and spirits program will include one of the most dynamic wines-by-the-glass lists in the city. Located one level above The Tavern, WS New York, the city’s newest food and wine focused private membership club, will open to its members in early November.

The Tavern by WS is located at the heart of Hudson Yards, adjacent to the Public Square and Gardens, and enjoys views of Thomas Heatherwick’s Vessel, The Shed and the Hudson River.  Designed by acclaimed architecture and design firm Rockwell Group, The Tavern is an inviting dining space featuring a custom-designed mural, along with a rare collection of original and limited production French Belle Epoque posters from the Wine Spectator collection.

“We are extremely proud to open The Tavern by WS and to work with chef Kaimeh and Michaël Engelmann on what is sure to be not only a great neighborhood restaurant, but a must-visit for culinary and beverage exploration,” said Kenneth A. Himmel, restaurateur and president and CEO of Related Urban, developer of The Shops & Restaurants at Hudson Yards.

“This is a food and beverage destination for those who are passionate about epicurean experiences,” said Marvin R. Shanken, Wine Spectator publisher. “It’s exciting to see this vision come to life.”

“The idea for The Tavern by WS is to create a highly craveable destination for both locals and visitors alike,” said Eli Kaimeh, executive chef.  “I’m eager to welcome guests to a fun, approachable space with great food, drink and atmosphere.”

Adds Michaël Engelmann, MS, beverage director, “The beverage program was developed with discovery at its core. Our wines-by-the-glass list is both robust and value-driven and will become a defining element of The Tavern by WS.”


About The Tavern by WS:
The Tavern by WS will have a classic brasserie feel—warm, welcoming and inviting, featuring an approachable and contemporary menu sourced from the same fresh and authentic local ingredients used in the private membership club upstairs. Rooted in a classic American technique, chef Eli Kaimeh has created a menu where seasonality plays a prominent role. The 60-seat dining area will be easily accessible by the public on the street level of 37 Hudson Yards facing The Vessel. 

The Tavern will offer an extensive, value-driven wine list of both bottles and wines by the glass starting at $14, curated by Michaël Engelmann, MS. The Tavern will be open for dinner starting November 13th at 5:00 p.m. and will have a first lunch sitting on November 19th at 11:30 a.m. Starting November 19th, The Tavern will be open for lunch and dinner seven days a week from 11:00 a.m. For reservations, please call (212) 564-3005. More information can be found on, or by following The Tavern by WS on Instagram @TheTavernbyWS.

About Wine Spectator:
Wine Spectator is the world’s leading authority on wine. Anchored by Wine Spectator magazine, a print publication that reaches around 3 million readers worldwide, the brand also encompasses the web’s most comprehensive wine site,, mobile platforms and a series of signature events. Wine Spectator examines the world of wine from the vineyard to the table, exploring wine’s role in contemporary culture and delivering expert reviews of more than 15,000 wines each year. Parent company M. Shanken Communications, Inc., also publishes Cigar Aficionado and Whisky Advocate.

About Rockwell Group:
Based in New York with a satellite office in Madrid, Rockwell Group is an interdisciplinary architecture and design firm that emphasizes innovation and thought leadership in every project. The 250-person firm merges performance and architecture to create extraordinary experiences and built environments across the globe. Inspired by theater, technology and high-end craft, the firm creates a unique narrative for each project, ranging from restaurants, hotels, airport terminals and hospitals to festivals, museum exhibitions and Broadway sets. Honors and recognition include the 2016 Tony Award for Best Scenic Design for She Loves Me; the AIANY President’s Award; the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award; and the Presidential Design Award.


Maggie Doherty
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Jonathan Goldman
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