City Winery to open flagship venue at Pier 57 this week

October 13, 2020

Photo of dining room by Adam Pass

The massive new flagship of entertainment venue and restaurant City Winery will open this week at Hudson River Park’s Pier 57. Starting October 15, the restaurant will accept reservations for limited capacity indoor and outdoor dining, with 200 seats available inside and 70 seats outside. City Winery was forced to move from its longtime Varick Street location last year after the Walt Disney Company purchased the property with plans to open new production space and offices there.

Photo of the outdoor patio by Adam Pass

The flagship is part of the $380 million transformation of Pier 57 from a former maritime port into a mixed-use development, with Google as the main tenant. The new location includes 32,000 square feet of dining space and two performance spaces: a 350-seat concert hall and a loft space that can fit 150 people. Diners will have views of the Hudson River and the new public park Little Island, found next door at Pier 55.

While current restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic prevent full capacity and live ticketed-events, City Winery will continue to move forward with new offerings like tasting bars and communal experiences, as permitted. Once live music resumes in New York, City Winery says it will offer VIP boxes and balcony seating.

Photo of the main venue by Adam Pass

Photo of the wine bar by Adam Pass

The venue features a wine production facility that is visible both from the street and the pier esplanade. More than a dozen locally produced wines will be on tap, with an extensive wine list of more than 1,200 bottles from 20 different countries. For food, a mix of soup and salads, shared plates, flatbread pizzas, and locally-sourced entrees will be available.

“I launched the City Winery brand in a major economic downturn and now I am launching our new flagship during a global pandemic,” Michael Dorf, founder and CEO of City Winery, said. “No matter what happens in the world, City Winery will remain a place for people to come and enjoy the small pleasures in life like food, wine, music, and community.”

Indoor dining returned to NYC on September 30. If the city’s infection rate remains low, capacity in restaurants could increase to 50 percent by November 1 or earlier. As required by state law, City Winery will be conducting temperature checks prior to entry and requiring all patrons to wear face coverings when not seated. The venue also has MERV-13 air filtration.

Reservations for both indoor and outdoor seating can be made here.


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