The hive-shaped Vessel brings a steady stream of visitors to Hudson Yards, but the sculpture isn’t the only visual treat at the new shopping center. Queensyard, a restaurant and bar from D&D London, has created a new type of cocktail experience with their Gastrology menu––a list of drinks that focus on presentation just as much as flavor.
The menu is the brainchild of Jeremy L Blanche, Queensyard’s head mixologist. He married the concepts of mixology and gastronomy, then ‘gastrology’ was born. “The idea of the menu is how a chef makes consummate art into a plate,” he said. “I want to put that same visual, texture, smell, and flavor into a drink.”
It all started with the Cuvée Concept, a play on the classic wine and cheese pairing––though there’s not actually any wine in the bourbon-forward drink. A broken stemmed wine glass is tucked into a wood slice, then served with blue cheese infused grapes and burning incense. It’s a true work of art that will change the way you think about your next charcuterie board.
Depressed in Tokyo is a well-loved choice according to Le Blanche. Similar to a dry martini, it’s infused with seaweed and served with a mezcal marinated olive and salmon caviar. “I was inspired by the people of Japan for this drink,” he said. “The natural serotonin in seaweed activates your brain in a way that makes you happy.”
His favorite drink to construct is the Le Saucier, a gin drink with accompaniments like a house-made piña colada jelly. “This drink was inspired by a kitchen team,” he said. “Each team member is important, but people forget about the sauce person. Without the sauce, the food would be flavorless.”
There are three other drinks on the menu, but if you want to order them, you’ll need to grab a seat at the bar. Order one and you’ll see why–watching the bartenders make the drink is an experience in itself. They torch orange wedges and shave ice cubes with skill and precision. It’s the chance to watch an artist at work.
It goes without mentioning, the food at Queensyard isn’t to be missed. The menu is a nod to Britain, with American influences. Settle into the comfy chairs in the main dining room for an unforgettable meal and unbeatable skyline view of the Vessel.
From creative appetizers to tempting desserts, the menu is full of delights. The signature cocktail menu features three delicious twists on the classic Gin & Tonic. The Brooklyn Burrata paired with watermelon is a fresh start, while the Bone-In Filet shines as a main. Dessert is a must–the Sticky Toffee Pudding is just right to share, brought out deconstructed and plated tableside. Before you know it, hours will have gone by–and if you’re lucky, it means you caught the sunset.
Inspired by the style of an English countryside home, the Queensyard experience feels personal. The waitstaff is attentive and friendly, taking an already exceptional meal to new heights. Fresh linens, clear tabletops, and refreshed drinks are taken care of before you think to ask. It’s an environment that makes you feel at ease.
If you don’t have time for a full meal, stop by the café or sit down for afternoon tea. Whether you’re visiting New York City for a few days or you’re a full-time resident, Queensyard is a culinary destination that should be at the top of your list.