South Street Seaport is about to get a major makeover, and Jean-Georges Vongerichten is leading the charge on two projects: a 40,000-square-foot, seafood-themed marketplace in the Tin Building, and a 10,000-square-foot restaurant on a rebuilt Pier 17. Both projects are on track to open in mid-to-late 2017, and with his involvement, there will surely be even more openings in the area. Howard Hughes Corporation is investing $1.5 billion in Pier 17, and adding amenities like art studios, a marina, a new Seaport Museum, and of course, condominiums.
Through his marketplace, Vongerichten’s goal is to evoke the old Fulton Fish Market — and he envisions retail counters and communal tables serving chowder, sushi, oysters, and the works. After all, what’s success if you don’t have your own food hall?