City Winery opens outdoor garden pop-up at Rockefeller Center ahead of move

August 7, 2019

Photo via City Winery

City Winery’s SoHo location may officially be closed, but that doesn’t mean saying goodbye to the food and wine for which it’s known. The restaurant and music venue has opened an outdoor garden pop-up at Rockefeller Center, serving up Mediterranean bites and locally-made wine on tap. As 6sqft previously reported, the restaurant and music venue will soon move from its long-time home on Varick Street to a new spot at Pier 57, after the Walt Disney Corporation purchased the property last year. The new Hudson River Park location isn’t expected to open until 2020. In the meantime, the seasonal pop-up in Midtown will meet your wine needs through the fall.

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“I am excited to open our City Winery pop-up in the center of Manhattan,” said Michael Dorf, founder and CEO of City Winery, in a statement. “We could not be more honored to be bringing our award-winning tap wine, which is locally crafted in Manhattan, to Rockefeller Center, one of New York City’s most recognized landmarks.”

The pop-up opened July 24, with a variety of Mediterranean-inspired dishes and locally-crafted wine. City Winery serves 80 percent of their wine on tap, in an effort to cut down on waste. The restaurant also partnered with Montauk Brewing Company to offer local beer, also on tap.

The opening of the City Winery pop-up comes on the heels of a number of changes at Rockefeller Center. The OUTPOST, a daytime outpost of the Queens Night Market, was introduced as a three-week trial with a number of vendors shortly before the pop-up opened.

Long-time restaurants like Sea Grill, Rock Center Cafe, and Cucina and Co., however, are set to shut their doors in January, after landlord Tischman Speyer opted not to renew their leases.

City Winery’s Rockefeller Center pop-up is located in Rockefeller Center’s North Plaza, between 50th and 51st Streets and 5th and 6th Avenues. The venue will be open seven days a week, from 11 a.m. to midnight, and is scheduled to operate until the fall.


All photos courtesy of City Winery

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