Urbo | 11 Times Square
Eugene Kadomskiy & Maker's Lab
Interior Design, Restaurant, Bar
July 14th, 2014
Russian restaurant magnate, Eugene Kadomskiy, decided to open a 26,000-square-foot restaurant in a Times Square high-rise, with 600 seats on three levels. Kadomskiy explained that the viewed the project as a chance to fill what he regards as a vacuum in the dining scene. “New York is the culinary capital of the world, but there’s very little in the way of good food in the Times Square area—it’s a paradox.” Urbo, whose name is a mash-up of urban and bohemian, is a $29 million dollar venture finished in a rough-hewed industrial style.
Led by chef Brian Young, formerly of both the Quilted Giraffe and Le Bernardin, and with two years’ experience as executive chef at Tavern on the Green. Mr. Young’s food features local ingredients and their purveyors.
At the entrance to the complex there are food carts for takeaway items. Beyond is a casual 150-seat area with three glass-enclosed kitchens. There’s a Blue Bottle coffee shop off to one side. A spiral staircase and a circular elevator lead upstairs for more-formal dining in a 300-seat room with latticework and greenery, and to a big bar overlooking 42nd Street.
11 Times Square: 42nd Street and Eighth Avenue.