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Celeb Chef Todd English Cooking Up Plans for New Food Hall in Chelsea

By Maya Rajamani | August 31, 2017 2:51pm
 Chef Todd English wants to open a food hall in former Il Bastardo space, at 191 Seventh Ave., between West 21st and 22nd streets.
Chef Todd English wants to open a food hall in former Il Bastardo space, at 191 Seventh Ave., between West 21st and 22nd streets.
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CHELSEA — Celeb chef Todd English is eyeing a newly vacant restaurant on Seventh Avenue for his next food hall.

English, who operates a food hall at the Plaza Hotel, hopes to bring his latest venture to the space at 191 Seventh Ave., between West 21st and 22nd streets, formerly home to the controversial restaurant Il Bastardo, a representative for the chef wrote in an email sent to several local block associations Monday.  

Another representative for English confirmed on Thursday that the chef’s team is looking at the space. 

The "food hall/market" would “fill [the] community with many helpful amenities from… fresh coffee with fresh breads and pastries to cold pressed fresh juices in your mornings,” the email sent to neighbors said.

“Asian delights like sushi and authentically made dumplings and gyoza will be neighbors to some Mediterranean and European influences for lunch and dinner all under one roof, tendered under one payment,” it continued.

“Domestic cuisines as well as some South American treats will fill the air with aromas like nowhere in the neighborhood."

The market would also serve “higher-end” breakfast, lunch and dinner fare, English's rep said Thursday, noting plans are still in their early stages.

The chef opened the Todd English Food Hall — a dining hall with an oyster bar, a sushi bar and other “food stations” — a little more than seven years ago. Last year, he announced plans to open another “European-inspired” market inside the former New York Times building on West 43rd Street.

He also planned to open a restaurant inside the W Hotel Downtown, but scrapped the idea earlier this year.

English isn’t the first celebrity chef to set sights on the former Il Bastardo space, which housed the complaint-plagued eatery until it shuttered earlier this summer.  

In July, locals shot down chef Kristine Sollenne’s plans to open a pair of restaurants in the space, saying they didn’t want to see another liquor-serving establishment open there after years dealing with Il Bastardo’s rowdy patrons and late-night parties.

Sollenne — who’s appeared as a judge on the Food Network show “Beat Bobby Flay” — now plans to open a restaurant on West 27th Street instead.

English will also be trying to secure a liquor license for the space, his representatives said.