Hakkasan Ltd, the group led by Niall Howard, which is backed by Tasameem, a property arm of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, will open an eponymous restaurant in New York next spring. The 11,000sq ft, 200-cover restaurant and bar will open in Midtown Manhattan and become the seventh venue to open under the brand. Niall Howard, chief executive of Hakkasan Ltd, said: "With the opening of Hakkasan New York, we are proud to mark our entry into one of the most diverse culinary cities in the world. We look forward to welcoming our first New York City guests in early 2012. Hakkasan New York will become the gateway for the brand's expansion in the US, as we look to introduce the restaurant in other cities." Hakkasan launched in London’s Hanway Place in 2001. It opened its second fine dining restaurant in London, in Mayfair last November. It operates further eponymous restaurants in Abu Dhabi, Miami and Mumbai. Its sixth restaurant will open in Dubai next month. Earlier this year, the group acquired Sake No Hana, the Japanese fine dining restaurant in London. Tasameem has reportedly made up to £100m available to fund the roll out of Hakkasan internationally and its sister concept Yauatcha nationally. Howard spoke earlier this year about operating a third brand and it is thought that Sake No Hana could be rolled out internationally along similar lines to Hakkasan.