See the waterfront food hall opening at Hudson River Park’s Pier 57

March 31, 2023

All photos courtesy of Pier 57

New York City’s newest food hall will open to the public at Pier 57 this weekend. Located within Hudson River Park, Market 57 includes 15 food vendors run by chefs and entrepreneurs who have been historically underrepresented in the industry. Curated by the James Beard Foundation (JBF) with developer Jamestown, the market aims to be an incubator for new culinary talent. The food hall and community spaces open on April 1.

The new food hall is part of the $410 million redevelopment of Pier 57, in which Google is the anchor office tenant. Led by RXR Realty, Youngwoo & Associates, and The Baupost Group, the project also includes an events space, classroom and gallery space for the Hudson River Park Trust, two full-service restaurants, and a public rooftop park.

City Winery opened a new, flagship venue location in Pier 57 in 2020 and the two-acre rooftop park opened last April.

Located on the ground floor, Market 57 includes Good To Go by JBF, a kiosk that features rotating menus from vendors that represent JBF’s values. Vendors will offer food that is sustainable, ethically sourced, and accessible to all. The market will also host a modern showcase kitchen for culinary arts education and programming, including a rotating chefs-in residency that is set to begin in May.

“This is a momentous occasion for the James Beard Foundation as we embark on a new culinary journey at one of NYC’s most anticipated food destinations,” Clare Reichenbach, CEO of the James Beard Foundation, said in a statement.

“We are extending our mission and brand to a global audience year-round, and bringing ‘Good Food For Good’ to life, like never before. We thank Google, Jamestown, and all our supporters, for making this project possible–and look forward to welcoming visitors to celebrate the best in American food culture, and a more sustainable, equitable, and delicious food future for all.”

Market 57’s vendors include:

  • Ammi
  • Bessou
  • Bird & Branch
  • Due Madri
  • Local Roots
  • LoLo’s on the Water
  • Malai
  • Mijo
  • Mothershuckers
  • Nom Wah
  • Harlem Hops
  • The Galley by Lobster Place
  • The Good Batch
  • Ras Plant Based
  • Zaab Zaab

The grand opening includes new community spaces that will be used to “promote gathering, dialogue, and learning,” according to a press release. The spaces include three bookable classrooms that can be used by local organizations and nonprofits free of charge with the support of Google.

The “living room” is a 7,400-square-foot gathering space on the pier’s southern edge that will feature seating and tables with direct Hudson River and park views.

As 6sqft previously reported, Pier 57, constructed in 1952, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places for the innovative engineering techniques used that allowed the structure to stay afloat on the Hudson River. First operating as a terminal for Grace Line followed by becoming the Hudson Pier Depot for the New York City Transit Authority, the pier has been shuttered since 2003.

In 2008, the Hudson River Park Trust issued a request for proposals seeking a partner to convert the historic pier into a section of the waterfront park.

“The reactivation of Pier 57 marks the start of a bright, new chapter along the New York waterfront and serves as a reminder of what makes our state so great,” Gov. Kathy Hochul said. “From its world-class eateries showcasing the talents of emerging chefs and entrepreneurs to its vibrant classrooms, galleries, and community spaces, the new Pier 57 promises to be a destination that serves New Yorkers and visitors alike.”

Starting Sunday, April 2, Market 57 will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. The rooftop park and “living room” space will be open daily from 6 a.m. to 1 a.m.


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