London’s Latest Export
The British are coming — to the Big Apple. The international brasserie Bluebird London is landing at The Restaurant and Bar Collection at Time Warner Center and bringing a taste of Britain and a stylish English sensibility. Here are 10 reasons to celebrate one of New York City’s most exciting and most glamorous new arrivals.
1. The English Appeal. Bluebird London is embracing everything British, from the food to the drinks to the décor to the name of the restaurant. The Bluebird was a sleek racecar driven by English racing icons Malcolm and Donald Campbell.
2. The Cool Look. Award-winning interior design firm CetraRuddy took inspiration from London’s Swinging Sixties to craft the stunning interiors. Look for freestanding sofas, globe light fixtures, a curated mix of British artwork, and even live trees.
3. The Amazing Views. The vibe might be British, but there’s no denying you’re in New York City when you see the uninterrupted panorama of Central Park and Columbus Circle. Mirrored columns accentuate the light and those breathtaking vistas.
4. The Private Parties. Looking to throw a soiree? Bluebird London’s private dining space for 18 guests feels like the most stylish library you’ve ever seen, with walls covered in black-and-white fabric and jet-black wood floors.
5. The Hot Chef. While he’s trained in classic French techniques, Executive Chef Nicolas Houlbert knows his way around modern British fare. Expect English classics (Beef Wellington, Fish and Chips) alongside dazzling dishes like Rare Seared Yellowfin Tuna with miso and shiso.
6. The Tea. It wouldn’t be a British restaurant without afternoon tea, and Bluebird London is taking it to the next level. Sample delicacies such as Scones with Clotted Cream and Jam, as well as a creative tea list. Tumeric Mango, anyone?
7. The Brunch. Start your day off right. Bluebird London will be waking you up with a menu that spans the gamut from Ricotta Pancakes and Wild Mushroom Toast to Eggs Benedict served on English Muffins, of course.
8. The Cocktails. Needless to say, that quintessential British drink — Gin & Tonic — will take a starring role on the cocktail menu, which will also highlight inventive mixology like the Thai Paloma with tequila and chili.
9. The Wine List. Beverage Manager Rosario Toscano has traveled the globe to create a boutique wine list that stretches from Oregon’s Willamette Valley to Burgundy and beyond. And the Brits love their bubbly, so you’ll find plenty of British sparkling wine (Nyetimber).
10. The Grand Finale. Save room for dessert. There are sweet treats like Sticky Toffee Pudding, served with pepper ice cream, and the signature dessert: Chocolate Mousse shaped like the Bluebird race car that inspired the restaurant’s name. It doesn’t get much better than this.