It seems like every day now we’re getting word of a new mega-food hall, likely the trickle down effect from wildly successful Smorgasburg and the realization that “snake person” and “foodie” seem to go hand in hand. Just yesterday, Crain’s announced that the former AIG headquarters tower at 70 Pine Street will be turned into a 13,000-square-foot food mecca “to be operated by Spotted Pig owner Ken Friedman and Michelin-starred chef April Bloomfield.”
It’ll join a long list of similar markets, such as the one planned for Essex Crossing (which will be one of the five largest markets in the country); Hudson Eats at Brookfield Place, the massive forthcoming food court by Anthony Bourdain at Pier 57, City Point’s Dekalb Market Hall, Danny Meyer’s possible giant food hall at Hudson Yards, and the Jean-Georges-led 50,000-square-foot culinary wonderland coming to the South Street Seaport. And we’re just scratching the surface here. With so many similar projects in the works, is the foodie boom going to sink or swim?
Images: Smorgasburg (L); Urban Space Vanderbilt (R)