Yesterday, The Howard Hughes Corporation® (NYSE: HHC) and Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten celebrated the opening of the Tin Building by Jean-Georges—a 53,000-square-foot culinary marketplace at Pier 17 at the Seaport on the site of the former Fulton Fish Market. The marketplace features an extensive offering of international food experiences at an iconic New York City waterfront location.
A major milestone in the revitalization of the Lower Manhattan neighborhood, the reconstructed Tin Building’s opening at its historic Seaport location creates a destination unlike any other in the city. Acclaimed chef Jean-Georges’ personal curation of every product and menu item in the expansive new marketplace reinforces the Seaport’s reputation as New York City’s new culinary epicenter. The highly anticipated new Tin Building, with two levels offering over 20 new restaurants, bars, grocery markets, retail, and private dining experiences all under one roof, is the largest culinary experience to open in Lower Manhattan in recent years, bringing over 700 new jobs to the community and driving significant economic benefit to the area.
“New York City and our central business districts are coming back, thanks in part to creative new projects like this one,” said New York City Mayor Eric Adams. “A true culinary destination, the reconstructed Tin Building combines so many of the ingredients we need to revitalize Lower Manhattan, and offers wide-ranging and high-quality offerings, especially from a chef who appreciates plant-based food. The Tin Building will not only create jobs, but also attract New Yorkers and tourists—helping to keep this neighborhood vibrant for years to come. I applaud all of the partners for reimagining this site in a way that honors its history, while helping to bring this neighborhood into a new era.”
This is the first project completed by The Howard Hughes Corporation and Jean-Georges since HHC acquired a minority stake in the celebrated global restauranteur’s company earlier this year.
“The market at the Seaport was one of the first places I visited when I first came to New York City in 1985, and it has continued to be a consistent part of my culinary inspiration ever since,” said Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. “It has been a great privilege to have this opportunity to bring back the Tin Building and reinvent such an iconic New York staple in a new and authentic way—honoring and inspired by the Seaport’s rich history and continuing the legacy of providing a one-of-a-kind experience that pays tribute to the global influences found in New York City.”
The Tin Building offers a variety of culinary experiences in a authentic New York setting, with favorite dining and retail experiences from around the world, including a French brasserie, seafood restaurant, Asian speakeasy, breakfast counter, several vegetarian options, bakery, coffee shop, and more. Anchoring the unique offerings is an expansive central marketplace at the building’s core that rotates locally and sustainably sourced meats, seafood, cheeses, produce and ready-to-eat items on a daily basis. The Jean-Georges branded specialty food program at the Tin Building offers a select, premium variety of items such as sauces, oils, and marinades, as well as candy, chocolate, and gifts—each hand-picked by Chef Jean-Georges.
The reconstructed Tin Building reflects the Seaport’s storied past and pays homage to it. Roman and Williams Buildings and Interiors took direction from the 1920s and 1930s to honor the history of the site, creating a beautiful, utilitarian feel within a contemporary context, after the Tin Building was meticulously disassembled and recreated. Each restaurant and retail space has its own distinct identity and design. Upon entering the building, visitors are welcomed with a feast for the senses by the building’s central marketplace, which maintains the original Fish Market as its foundation. Jean-Georges’ nostalgia for the original Tin Building, built in 1907, is channeled throughout the building in ribbons of brass, details of turned wood, marble surfaces, and handmade tiles in maritime blues and greens.
The new Tin Building is designed for future innovation while also honoring its past. The Tasting Studio, the Tin Building’s broadcast studio for the production of cooking segments and the recording of a daily Tin Building podcast, is also a second-floor dining room and reception space.
SOURCE: The Howard Hughes Corporation