Mega-chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten and his partner Phil Suarez are planning a 10,000 square-foot casual restaurant similar to ABC Kitchen in Pier 17, which is now under construction down in the Seaport. Vongerichten and Suarez are also working on a 40,000 square foot seafood market in the historic Tin Building next to Pier 17, which will feature counters for "chowders, raw bars, sushi, shrimp" and other delicacies. The work on the Tin Building still needs to get approval from the Preservation Commission and the Economic Development Corp, and Steve Cuozzo notes that the structure will have to be "reinforced and moved 33 feet east" to protect it from future storm surges along the lines of Hurricane Sandy.
The Howard Hughes Corp is spending $1.5 billion to revamp this stretch of the Seaport, and now it will have a marquee restaurant in its main building, along with a retail component that will be thematically similar to the legendary Fulton Fish Market, which lived in the area for nearly two centuries before moving to The Bronx in 2005. Hughes Corp CEO David R. Weinreb tells the Post that the deal is "signed, sealed and delivered," and Vongerichten says he is "honored to be part of the catalytic transformation." Both the fish market and the casual restaurant will open in 2017.