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Wander Through Le District, the 'French Eataly' of Brookfield Place

Take a long look around New York's newest French market.

Brookfield Place's French food palace Le District has often been described as the French Eataly, and in some ways it is. There are counters dedicated to fish, meat, bread, flowers, pastry, cheese, vegetables, and prepared foods. There are several seating areas serving food from the market and two full service restaurants, brasserie Beaubourg, which opened this week, and a tasting-menu only space L'Appart, which is slated to open sometime next month. But, the space designed by Icrave is more industrial and modern than Eataly, and as opposed to Eataly's bright, open, white aesthetic, the space (except for Beaubourg) is defined by cement floors and low ceilings.

The Restaurants: Beaubourg, the brasserie that is the flagship dining space of the market, has a slightly mod look, and a generally softer vibe than the rest of the place. Its adjoining bar, Le Bar, is a little bit darker and sexier, and equipped with a stylish neon sign (soon to be the focus of many Instagrams, no doubt).

The market is opening section by section. So far, the cafe and pastry areas, and the candy shop from French company La Cure Gourmande, as well as Beaubourg and Le Bar are open. The rest of the shopping sections should follow within a week.

Le District

225 Liberty Street, Manhattan, NY 10281 (212) 981-8588 Visit Website