Let's take a minute to meet the Trading Post, a huge new three-floor restaurant in the South Street Seaport. It was quietly opened last week by a quartet of Seaport locals, who envision it as an upscale American restaurant catering primarily to neighborhood types rather than the Wall Street lunch crowd. Missing its original January targeted opening because of Hurricane Sandy, Trading Post is still the first new restaurant to open in the South Street Seaport since Hurricane Sandy. (Other than SmorgasBar, of course.)
The chef here is Stephen Woods, an alum of the Miami location of Smith & Wollensky who was also with the Patina Group for a while. In keeping with the overall concept, his menu is classic American, with a dinner menu featuring small plates like corn chowder, salads, and entrées. Also: Tomahawk Chop for Two for $98. The full menu is below, but be aware that the owners are still in the process of tweaking the pricing.
The 10,000-square-foot space is split over three floors, with a main dining room (and several semi-private nooks) on the main floor, a cozy whiskey cellar with a bar, and a more formal dining room upstairs with views of the East River. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner daily, with brunch launching this weekend. It closes at around 1 a.m.
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