Jean-Georges Vongerichten Is Coming to Save the Seaport

The New York Post reports this is a done deal: Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Phil Suarez will open “a 40,000 square-foot, seafood-themed marketplace inside the landmarked Tin Building [SHoP Architects rendering above] and a 10,000 square-foot restaurant in a rebuilt Pier 17. […] The Seaport marketplace will not be ethnically focused like French-themed Le District or Italian-inspired Eataly, but simply built around seafood. Retail counters will be mixed with communal tables and noshing counters for ‘chowders, raw bars, sushi, shrimp,’ Vongerichten said. The Pier 17 restaurant, on the second floor, will include a 2,500 square-foot alfresco patio facing the Brooklyn Bridge. The atmosphere won’t be fine-dining but casual along the lines of ABC Kitchen and ABC Cocina.” Pier 17 is on track to be ready by the end of 2017, while the Tin Building is the subject of a contentious debate about moving it.

UPDATE:  The Wall Street Journal has this rendering of how the Howard Hughes Corporation envisions a fashion event atop Pier 17 looking….

Pier 17 rooftop rendering