In February, Katsuya, a Los Angeles sushi institution beloved by the Hollywood set, made its New York debut at Manhattan West, a 7-million-square-foot portion of the Hudson Yards development. The restaurant is one of two full-service fine-dining establishments within Citizens, an upscale food hall designed by Rockwell Group that occupies the entire second floor of a new 17-story office building.
The new outpost marked a first for Katsuya, which was founded by master sushi chef Katsuya Uechi in 2006. Because it was new to the food hall typology, the restaurant decided it needed a daring look to match. “Often times, American-Japanese restaurants are very minimalist with pared-down decor,” said Greg Keffer, Rockwell’s partner-in-charge of the project. “We decided to go the maximalism route instead.”