In lower than a 12 months since opening Dame — the acclaimed English-leaning Greenwich Village seafood restaurant — Patricia Howard and Ed Szymanski are already increasing with a follow-up enterprise: Lord’s is slated to open this fall simply three blocks from the hitmaking unique. (Howard and Szymanski requested Eater to withhold the precise tackle till nearer to the opening, because of the harassment Dame has confronted.)
The couple’s efforts to double down on Dame’s success needs to be no shock to these following their meteoric rise. In February 2020, Dame launched as a Greenwich Village pop-up on the identical block and immediately drew crowds. By Might 2021, the Eater New Guard winners had greater than 500 clients already booked for reservations at their hotly-anticipated full-service spot — weeks earlier than it was even open at 87 MacDougal Avenue.
And whereas a lot of Dame’s success — which Eater critic Ryan Sutton referred to as a “thrilling new period of British seafood” — may be traced to its greatest promoting fish and chips, the basic English dish received’t be discovered at Lord’s.
“There’s the facet of English cooking that’s seafood,” says Szymanski. “However there’s one other facet that’s nose-to-tail extra bistro English cooking that doesn’t actually exist in New York.”
He provides, “English meals has a really unhealthy rap within the U.S.,” and he’s excited to develop clients’ potential feeling of the delicacies with home made charcuterie, offal, beef Wellington, meat pies, and extra. Along with the meat choices, Lord’s will spotlight contemporary produce in the summertime, and pickled gadgets within the winter; seafood will nonetheless play a job at Lord’s, reminiscent of with an entire grilled fish, and a few shellfish choices. General, Szymanski says he sees Lord’s as a extra “well-rounded” menu that provides dishes for many who don’t eat seafood, too.
Lord’s can have round 50 seats, greater than double the roughly 22 seats on the a lot smaller Dame, Howard and Szymanski inform Eater. As well as, Lord’s can have a personal eating room — one thing that Dame clients have usually requested. As Howard describes it, the Lord’s house can be a extra “elegant, grown-up” sibling to Dame because it trades within the royal blue for a stately darkish inexperienced.
Over the previous 12 months, Dame has made a reputation for itself, not only for its meals however as a frontrunner in how a restaurant is run. Very similar to at Dame, Lord’s can even begin by opening solely through the week (closing on Saturdays is a uncommon — and radical — transfer within the business, however one that’s supposed to prioritize the work-life stability of their staff). Nonetheless, they’re toying with the concept of opening for Saturday lunch.
On Instagram, the couple documented the difficulties of discovering the fitting house: They took questions from followers all through the method, shared details about liquor license attorneys, and posted photographs of areas as they toured.
Initially, the duo deliberate to open Damselle, a wine bar adjoining to Dame. “The unique impetus was Dame being so full and having a ready space for folks to have a glass of wine and a snack,” says Szymanski. After Dame garnered glowing evaluations, they wished a extra bold restaurant undertaking for his or her subsequent cease. However their wine bar, Damselle, continues to be high of thoughts, and the couple is continuous to search for that areas.