One of the most anticipated openings of the season is underway. The Selden Standard invited close friends to preview the menu designed by chef and owner Andy Hollyday at a soft opening gala on Sunday. Joe Hakim of The Hungry Dudes tells Eater that the official public opening will be this Friday, November 7 for dinner service.
Chef Phil Jones attended the Sunday gala and tweeted a sneak peek of the menu, which showcases items like sweet potato ravioli, vegetable carpaccio, and grilled scallions.
The interior, kept under wraps until opening day, features open ductwork, painted black, with wood slats and hanging lights. The long bar matches the slatted ceiling treatment and is contrasted by a white tile backsplash leading toward the kitchen.
Chef James Rigato shared his thoughts about the opening on his Instagram: "It's real. The unicorn of restaurants is real. I love you Andy Hollyday."
Update: This story previously referenced the opening date as November 6 based on a post published by The Hungry Dudes via Instagram. However, Joe Hakim tells Eater that the post was a mistake and the restaurant will actually open for the public on November 7.
Update: In an email, a co-owner of the Selden Standard, Evan Hansen, tells Eater that the opening date is not set in stone. Eater's earlier report was based on a tip from a reporter as well as two separate statements by representatives of The Hungry Dudes who asserted the restaurant would open on Friday.