It's all happening, food-hall fans. After months of negotiations, celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain has been given the go-ahead from Governor Cuomo to build out an "international food marketplace" as part of Pier 57's long-awaited SuperPier revamp, set for completion in 2018. That 480,000-square-foot project—a $350-million collaboration between developers Young Woo & Associates and RXR Realty—will transform the riverside space, which has been vacant since 2004. Other residents slated for the building include Google, Opening Ceremony and an amphitheater that will be used for Tribeca Film Festival screenings.
While the market's launch is still at least over a year away, Bourdain told The New York Times that it would resemble an "Asian night market," a testament to his extensive travels in the Far East. Taking up a whopping 155,000-square-feet of the gargantuan building, it is set be New York's largest food hall. Some of the rumored stall vendors include outlets from beloved chefs Ken Friedman and April Bloomfield (the Spotted Pig, the Breslin), Sabina Bandera of La Guerrerense tostada cart in Ensenada, Mexico and the team behind butcher shop Victor Churchill from Sydney Australia.
There will also be a sit-down restaurant over-looking the hall (no details on the vendor yet), and the market's operations will be overseen by a group of A-list players like former Shake Shack exec David Swinghamer, Urbanspace Vanderbilt's Eldon Scott and entrepreneur Stephen Werther.