Market 57, a new food hall curated by the James Beard Foundation, opens this weekend, bringing new flavors to Manhattan’s west side. The market, which houses more than a dozen kiosks, is located on the ground floor of the historic Pier 57 building on the Hudson River. The new food hall is part of a massive restoration of the pier which has also introduced a rooftop park, offices, and community spaces.
The 15 food establishments selected for Market 57 are a “mix of minority- and women-owned businesses, outposts for beloved pop-up concepts, and seasoned operators’ bold creations.” A few of the vendors include Local Roots, which serves Chinese snack and bubble tea, Harlem Hops, a craft beer bar, Mothershuckers, which serves up cajun cuisine and has a raw bar, and Malai, a South Asian-inspired ice cream shop.
Some of the vendors are already New York City favorites, like Zaab Zaab which will open its third location, while others are debut brick-and-mortar endeavors, like Ammi, a homestyle Indian cuisine kiosk by the owner of Manhattan’s GupShup restaurant.
In addition to curating the kiosks, the James Beard Foundation will run Good To Go by JBF, an incubator space for “fast-casual concepts featuring rotating menus from established operators looking to expand their brand.” The Foundation will focus on highlighting operators that adhere to the Good Food For Good™ mission, which seeks to amplify food that is sustainable, ethically sourced, and accessible. The foundation will also host community educational events at a state-of-the-art show kitchen, Platform by JBF.
Market 57 is open daily from 11 am to 8 pm starting April 1st! The opening of the food hall is accompanied by the opening of community spaces inside the historic building that will host free and family-friendly events. Programming will be created by Children’s Museum of the Arts, The Coding Space, Counseling in Schools, MoMath, Smartworks, and Street Lab. The community event spaces are available to community organizations and nonprofits free-of-charge with the support of Google, which has new offices in the building. Visitors to the pier can enjoy views of the river from The Living Room a 7,400 square foot public gathering place featuring seating and tables and can also check out Pier 57’s rooftop park, which opened in April 2022.
Pier 57 was originally a shipping terminal built in 1907 out of wood. After that terminal burnt down, it was rebuilt in 1952 by the New York City Department of Marine and Aviation. Now on the National Register of Historic Places, the pier was an engineering marvel designed by Emil H. Praeger. See more photos from inside Pier 57 in the gallery below!
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