Legacy Records

 

517 W. 38th St.

American $$$

Resy two weeks in advance

Walk-ins with texting

There is a reason you have been to Charlie Bird and/or Pasquale Jones.  Those reasons probably include: crudos, pastas, loud hip-hop music and most importantly the service (but also the wine glasses).  Legacy Records has all of those, but is tucked away on 38th and 11th Ave, the soon-to-be-up-and-coming-but-not-quite-there-yet Hudson Yards.   

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The space at Legacy Records, unlike its two sister restaurants, is more grand and immaculate.  It occupies the bottom two floors of Henry Hall (an apartment building) and Parcelle, a curated wine shop by Delicious Hospitality Group, is located next door.  The half moon bar when you walk-in is always filled, even at 5:30pm (when it opens) on a Monday and the cocktail program is led by Jeff Bell, the mixologist from PDT (Please Don't Tell).  It makes you feel as though you're almost, well, not on 38th and 11th.

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The cocktail list starts with the lightest (think apertifs) and finishes with bolder, dark-liquored drinks.  I settled somewhere in the middle ordering the Manzanita, which had vodka, sherry, green apple, lemon, soda, and mint (a deviation from my usual mezcal/tequila focused drink orders).  It is definitely apple-y but not too overpowering and light enough to start off the evening before a couple (maybe too many) glasses of wine.  My friend ordered the Repo Rush, which really is just a glorified margarita - the sherry and lemon just help to balance out the drink.

 Manzanita: Ketel One vodka, manzanilla sherry, green apple, lemon, soda, mint

Manzanita: Ketel One vodka, manzanilla sherry, green apple, lemon, soda, mint

 Repo Rush: tequila, sherry, lemon, and honey

Repo Rush: tequila, sherry, lemon, and honey

The menu is seasonal and broken down into four sections: crudos, smalls, pastas, and mains.  If you are looking to splurge, I'd recommend getting the crudo tasting, so each person can try a piece.  Out of the smalls, the bread is an absolute must (and comes with rosemary lardo...I die) and pairs well with the prosciutto.  Order a couple of pastas (they'll tell you the specials) and make sure, no matter what, the duck is on your table.  On the dessert front, the gelato flavors reign high up in my opinion, but would pass on the others for now.  Enjoy!

 Razor clam, tarragon, saffron

Razor clam, tarragon, saffron

 Prosciutto, horseradish

Prosciutto, horseradish

 Pasta special: tagliatelle with cultured butter and shaved porcini mushrooms

Pasta special: tagliatelle with cultured butter and shaved porcini mushrooms

 Cavatelli verde, lamb, mint, spinach

Cavatelli verde, lamb, mint, spinach

 Honey lacquered duck for two (this is a split for three portion)

Honey lacquered duck for two (this is a split for three portion)

 Dark chocolate, meringata, olive oil

Dark chocolate, meringata, olive oil