As New York restaurateurs like Keith McNally, Danny Meyer, and Daniel Boulud look to London, British chef Heston Blumenthal has his eyes on moving stateside. Blumenthal tells BigHospitality that he "would love to be in New York." Specifically, he'd love to open his London brand Dinner, which focuses on recipes throughout British history, going back as early as the 14th century. So would the US version also focus on British recipes? Or would the concept be translated to suit New York? Either way, it's not happening just yet: according to Blumenthal, "We are still working on it; there are some feasibility issues which we are trying to overcome."
Blumenthal has been rumored to be expanding to the US, starting about six months ago when the editor of Food and Travel magazine tweeted that he was looking to open in one of the Mandarin Oriental's US hotels. (Dinner is located in the London Mandarin Oriental.) It was looking like Miami might be the prime candidate, but New York is a more obvious choice.
Earlier this week, Blumenthal's original restaurant, The Fat Duck in Bray, dropped 20 places on the World's 50 Best list to number 33. Dinner, on the other hand, is currently listed at number seven.
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