Two New Food Halls Set To Open In Manhattan

Two new food halls are being developed in Manhattan. The largest, a 35,000-square-foot space, will be opened by Legends Hospitality at 28 Liberty Street in the Financial District. In addition, food hall builder Urbanspace will launch a new 11,500-square-foot complex at 152 West 52nd Street, between Sixth and Seventh avenues. The space was formerly occupied by Bobby Flay’s Bar Americain, which closed a year ago.

The Legends Hospitality hall, which operates food concessions stands at Yankee Stadium, will include dining and live music venues. The project, which is still unnamed, will be designed by architect Jeffrey Beers, who was responsible for the food hall Gotham Market at the Ashland.

The space will feature top international chefs, renowned musical acts and a luxury restaurant. The hall, set to open in 2020, will be housed in the same building as Danny Meyer’s Manhatta and the dine-in movie theater chain Alamo Drafthouse, which will open later this year.

The 60-story International Style tower, designed by Skidmore Owings & Merrill, was completed in in 1961. It was built by David Rockefeller as a new bank headquarters. Fosun Five Holdings, a division of China’s Fosun International, purchased the tower for $725 million in 2013.

When it opened, the financial district mainly housed financial companies and a few residential properties. It remained fairly business-oriented until 9/11. Nowadays, the financial district offers an array of shops and restaurants. Fosun Five Holdings hopes to continue the expansion of culinary and entertainment offerings in the Wall Street area.

Urbanspace, which manages two large markets in Midtown on East 45th Street and Vanderbilt Avenue, and 570 Lexington Avenue, also operates pop-ups around the city. This will be the first food hall in Midtown West. According to David LaPierre, who represents the building's owner, the new hall will attract thousands of new visitors to the building and will enhance the entire Midtown West neighborhood.

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Other building tenants include French seafood restaurant Le Bernardin, headed by award-winning chef Eric Ripert and French bakery-chain Maison Kayser, owned by Éric Kayser, a French baker and food writer, who opened his first bakery in Paris and now operates shops around the world.

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