The restaurant is part of Henry Hall, a new luxury residential building, designed by Ken Fulk, which feels more like a haute hotel than any apartment building I’ve ever lived in. The name is derived from it’s former resident, Legacy Recording Studio, which was once the only film-scoring studio on the East Coast, where many motion picture soundtracks and Broadway scores were born. They’ve assembled an all-star team to handle the proceedings including Chef Ryan Hardy, Arvid Rosengren, the reigning ‘Best Sommelier in the World, and mixologist Jeff Bell from Please Don’t Tell.
We got the chance to scope out the new spot and Legacy Records is home not just to a restaurant but also a walk-up indoor/outdoor café, two private dining rooms, equipped with their own experiential open kitchen, and a cocktail and wine bar.
The menu has a Mediterranean flair with influences from Northern Italy, leaning on seafood, pastas, and a separate section of roasted meats and fish. The whole menu is driven by local ingredients, some sound even more local than what some New Yorkers might be comfortable with (pigeon, aka squab). There’s also excellent crudos including uni with dungeness crab and lime, razor clams with tarragon and safron, and a Montauk tuna belly with salted Japanese lemon.
Legacy Records recently opened a week ago, and although it’s early in the game, it already seems to be a hit on its way to climbing up the charts of all of the heat maps and power rankings out there.
517 West 38th St
New York, NY 10018