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Legacy Records

517 W 38th St., New York, NY 10018 40.757602 -73.998219
nr. Tenth Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
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  • Cuisine: Italian, Seafood
  • Price Range: $$$$

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Official Website

legacyrecordsnyc.com

Hours

Easy Victor cafe: 8am-4pm Legacy Records: 5:30pm-11pm

Nearby Subway Stops

A, C, E at 34th St.-Penn Station

Prices

$22-$45

Payment Methods

American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Breakfast
  • Dine at the Bar
  • Hot Spot
  • Lunch
  • Notable Chef
  • Special Occasion
  • Reservations Not Required
  • Catering
  • Online Reservation

Alcohol

  • Full Bar

Reservations

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Profile

Who knows why certain new projects whip members of the dining community into frenzies of ecstatic anticipation while others do not? In the case of Robert Bohr, Grant Reynolds, and Ryan Hardy’s endlessly chattered-about Legacy Records, it’s certainly not owing to the location, on the fringes of that Oz-like land of mostly unbuilt skyscrapers called Hudson Yards. It’s not the one-page, Italian-accented menu, either, which includes the usual collection of locally sourced crudi, rusticated pastas, and farm-raised proteins for two. It’s not even the impressive wine portfolio, which the team’s lively downtown restaurants, Charlie Bird and Pasquale Jones, are also known for. Once we were finally situated in the predictably crowded dining room, I still couldn’t help wondering what all the fuss was about. I’ve been a fan of Hardy’s elegant yet accessible brand of Italian cooking, but much of the menu here has a curiously underwhelming quality. The steady barrage of crudo items we sampled weren’t very different from the thousands of other options available in this crudo-saturated town, and, at roughly $20 per serving, none of them were cheap. We supplemented our shreds of raw fish with other familiar old favorites from the casual-Italian canon, and I can vouch for the salty, dense spaghetti and cuttlefish. Do the grateful souls who live and work among the towers and buildings around Hudson Yards have the same slightly world-weary view of Legacy Records as I do? Judging from the merry crowds who were gathered around the bar on my visits, I’m guessing probably not.

Recommended Dishes

Risotto for two, duck for two, meringata.

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