D&D London to open Manhattan-style rooftop bar in Leeds

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A “glamorous Manhattan-style” rooftop bar is to open in Leeds this month as part of the latest project from restaurant group D&D London.

It will be part of East 59th, an all-day bar and grill in the Victoria Gate development, named after the address of D&D’s New York City site Guastavino’s and presided over by executive chef Lee Murdoch. The rooftop is pictured above as a computer-generated image.

Due to open on July 14, the 5,346 sq ft restaurant and bar will be D&D London’s fourth site in Leeds after last month’s opening of Japanese restaurant Issho, with its cocktail bar Kuro, also in Victoria Gate. Its other sites are Angelica and Crafthouse in the Trinity Leeds complex.

With panoramic views of the city, the rooftop bar promises an innovative cocktail menu plus a wide selection of craft beers. House cocktails will include the Hoboken Sour with Bulleit Bourbon washed with peanuts plus lemon juice, maple syrup and egg white, served in a coupette with popcorn.

The 59th Fizz will be a mix of Tanqueray No Ten gin, a tonic and elderflower cordial, Chardonnay wine and clear apple juice, charged with CO2 and bottled and then served with a grapefruit twist and fresh coriander.

Drawing on New York’s vibrant nightlife, East 59th will also be running DJ sessions and music events on a weekly basis. The interiors have been developed by DesignLSM which also worked on Issho.

The food menu at East 59th will focus on the eclectic traditions of New York dining, including dishes such as slow-braised beef short rib with sweet mustard barbecue sauce and house pickle, a Reuben sandwich with pastrami, gruyere, sauerkraut, toasted rye and sweet mustard dip and a Cobb salad with romaine lettuce, crispy bacon, grilled chicken, wood-fired artichoke, hen egg, Cashel blue and avocado. Other dishes will include Orkney and Aberdeen Angus steaks and native lobster with garlic butter and charred lime.

Weekend brunch dishes will include stacked pancakes with crispy smoked bacon and maple syrup, a smoked salmon bagel with cream cheese and scallion, and eggs royale, alongside Bloody Marys and prosecco.

Late-night grazing food at the bar until 1am will include Firecracker rock shrimp, hamburger sliders and nachos. All food will be served from the restaurant’s open kitchen, using top-quality produce to create a relaxed, contemporary dining experience.

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