Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Tin Building Dazzles as NYC’s Coolest Food Emporium

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A food hall unlike any other in New York City has  just opened its doors in the historic Seaport neighborhood. The highly-anticipated Tin Building sits inside a restored heritage building, where the bustling Fulton Fish Market once was as a tenant. The massive two-story gastronomy complex spans 53-000 square feet, and it’s filled with an assortment of dining outlets—easy-breezy counter spots, gourmet grocers, cocktail lounges, and several full-service restaurants—all masterminded by celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten and designed by award-winning studio Roman and Williams. While this culinary emporium will surely become one of Lower Manhattan’s must-visit landmarks for food and architecture, here’s a preview of six concepts to entice your first visit: 

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The Frenchman’s Dough

Chef Vongerichten introduces his signature French spin on comforting Italian classics like pizza and pasta. Grab a counter seat to peek inside the open kitchen as you work your way through house-made ravioli, burrata and fig, and the swiftly-made-iconic Limone pizza.  

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House of the Red Pearl

Slip behind a curtain in the rear of Mercantile East, the Tin Building’s East Asian provisions shop, and you’ll enter a sultry dining room decked out in scarlet-and-gold Chinoiserie wallpaper, velvet banquettes, and swaying lanterns overhead—a posh setting to savor delectable plates of modern Chinese-inspired fare. 

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T Brasserie

This authentic Parisian bistro perfects all the French classics you’d expect to find across the Atlantic: garlicky escargot, saucy moules frites, steak tartare, and so much more. For takeaway bites and house made pastries, head to T Brasserie’s more casual counterpart, T Café and Bakery. 

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Spoiled Parrot

Whether your sweet tooth is satisfied by chocolate, hard candies, or another type of sugary confection, you’ll find it all at Spoiled Parrot. Among the more unique offerings are boozy lollipops, artisanal ice creams, and premium chocolates made in collaboration with Jacques Torres, Fritz Knipschildt, and other acclaimed pastry chefs. 

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The Cocktail Bar

Illuminated by neon lights, the vibey Cocktail Bar is one of three standalone watering holes inside the Tin Building (Beer Here! and the Wine Bar round out the food hall’s booze offerings). Unexpected ingredients and hard-to-find spirits appear throughout the lengthy cocktail menu. 

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Seeds & Weeds

Featuring sustainable “boundary-defying” plant-based dishes, Seeds & Weeds is now the spot for health-conscious locavores in the Seaport. The airy restaurant is flooded with natural light during the day, but since the restaurant directly overlooks the Brooklyn Bridge, the views are primo at any hour. 

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