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Massive Pier 26 Restaurant to House City Vineyard, a City Winery Offshoot

It's taken a long time settle on a restaurateur, and the restaurant itself is still a year away.

The view from City Vineyard
The view from City Vineyard
Hudson River Park

Two years after the Hudson River Park Trust put out a request for proposals to New York's "experienced restaurateurs" to fill an insane indoor/outdoor restaurant space on Pier 26, they've finally announced their choice. The restaurant, which is enclosed mostly in glass and crowned with an enormous terrace, will be run by Michael Dorf, the owner of Soho's sprawling restaurant/bar/music venue City Winery. It will be called, reasonably enough, City Vineyard.

Unlike City Winery, there will be no live music or performances at Pier 26 – City Vineyard is a restaurant/bar only. Nonetheless, it's a big one, with seating for 300 to 350, and 1,600 square feet of indoor dining space alone. Though construction has already been going on for at least two years, and the building looks pretty much done, City Vineyard supposedly still won't open until May of next year.

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