A year and a half ago, the Dutch government gave New York a gift in the form of a white, pinwheel-shaped kiosk known as the New Amsterdam Plein and Pavilion. The funny little building sits on the southern tip of Manhattan, just steps away from the ferries to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. After the city put out a request for vendor proposals last year, Danny Meyer eyed the site for a Shake Shack, but ultimately deemed it too tiny for his BPC burger aspirations.
Now, DNAInfo brings word that Merchants Hospitality, the group behind Art Bar, Pound and Pence, and the Merchants restaurants, now has the keys to the space. Their new project will be called Battery Bistro and will serve a "healthy, eco-friendly menu," as well as craft beers and organic wines. The cafe will be open from 7AM until 11PM on weekdays and till midnight on the weekends, and will seat 200 guests in the pavilion surrounding the main structure. Their plans are to open the project in the spring, just in time to compete with Danny's newest, and Zak Pelaccio's sandwich and ice cream kiosk.
· Bistro to Open in Dutch Pavilion at Battery Park This Spring [DNAInfo]
· New Amsterdam Pavilion in Search of Killer Food Vendors [~ENY~]