Seen & Heard: More on the World Financial Center Restaurants

•• 15 Jay is getting the full rehab. Such a juicy block….

••• Ethan Cohen Fine Arts has left 14 Jay; the sign says it’ll reopen somewhere in New York City in January. Not sure whether Cristina Dos Santos is still moving in there—I heard that a very intriguing Soho boutique was sniffing around the space. Can’t say who, though.

••• I asked the media contacts at World Financial Center whether there was a master list of which restaurants were closing when (and which were reopening in the new WFC, to be called Brookfield Place), and I was directed to this page. It says that Cosi and Caravelli’s (the disappointing pizza joint) are joining Starbucks and Au Mandarin in closing Friday (I had heard Starbucks was closing Sunday). Then a reader emailed this: “The scoop we heard from management is that everything is closing except for the Financier and P.J. Clarke’s. The shops and restaurants were supposed to be closed by November 1, but as with all construction projects, there are apparently delays. There will be more food trucks set up to help feed the hungry masses.” I passed along the gist of the reader’s email to the WFC folks, who clarified thus: “P.J. Clarke’s, Rite-Aid, Financier will remain open. Starbucks will reopen in a new location during the renovations.” The folks at Financier, meanwhile, said that they can’t say yet exactly where their relocated space will be.

••• Do I need to add the Thomas Street frontage at 50 Hudson back onto the list of spaces I’m watching? The lights have been on recently, and I don’t think that’s happened for a long time. There had been plans for a café/bakery there, but they appeared to get shelved. Hmm….

••• Mehtaphor is hosting a special four-course dinner on Monday and Tuesday. It honors three women fighting breast cancer, and proceeds go to the Harold P. Freeman Patient Navigation Institute and Memorial Sloan Kettering. The women are “Kim Diamond, a Tribeca native, widely recognized in the Structured Finance Industry where she now is working to help build Kroll Bond Ratings. Diagnosed with Stage 1 in 2008. • Kerri Pedersen, a pediatric nurse practitioner at Tribeca Pediatrics, where she compassionately cares for many local Tribeca children. First diagnosed with Stage 2B in 2003 and then Stage 4 including lymph nodes and lungs in 2009 and liver in 2012. • DeeDee Ricks, who filmed a documentary about her experience which debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival and Chairs the Harold P. Freeman Patient Navigation Institute. Diagnosed with Stage 2 in 2007.” Chef Jehangir Mehta’s wife, Hinata Jambuserwala Mehta, is also a breast cancer survivor. It’s $100.

••• A rave from a reader: “Last night my husband and I attended the first of a series of free chamber music concerts at Manhattan Youth Downtown Community Center (120 Warren). The Tribeca Chamber Players are performing Beethoven’s string quartets on 14 Monday evenings. Last night’s performance was delightful, and we highly recommend this series to folks in the neighborhood. This is a great opportunity to hear fantastic musicians up close. More information can be found here.”



  1. I’ll miss that newspaper up above the door at 15 Jay.

  2. Thanks for the updates on the WFC closures. Found out this morning that Starbucks will now remain open in their current location until the end of November.