30,000 square-foot dining hall offers 14 different options
Battery Park City Hudson Eats, an upscale food court located in the new Brookfield Place development on Vesey Street in Battery Park City, opened June 3, bringing 14 food vendors into one 30,000 square-foot room with a view. The dining hall can seat up to 600, with window seats and a large outdoor patio offering picturesque views of sailboats drifting along the Hudson River.
A diverse array of some of the city’s popular food vendors serves at Hudson Eats, including Black Seed Bagels—which receives daily deliveries of its wood-fired bagels from its main location on Elizabeth Street—Cambodian-inspired sandwich shop Num Pang, grilled cheese eatery Little Muenster and Smorgasburg and Brooklyn Flea favorite Mighty Quinn’s Barbeque.
The building is still under construction, and the food court can be accessed through a winding temporary entrance on Vesey Street; as part of a $250 million dollar renovation, Brookfield Place will soon house an Equinox health club, luxury retail shops and five sit-down restaurants, including a second Parm location, along with Le District, a 25,000 square-foot French marketplace, all by this time next year.
Navigating the different options at the second-floor food court is simple and seating is abundant, whether at crushed white marble communal counters or plush leather banquettes and booths. Designed by AvroKO, BCV & Spectorgroup, the space is LEED-certified and devoid of many traditional food court features, in favor of sleek, custom elements, including shiny, white brick walls, walnut stools, hanging light fixtures and countertops inlaid with dark wood. Instead of sticky plastic trays and fountain sodas, diners carry recycled paper takeout containers and cups of Blue Bottle Coffee. However, some mainstays remain: the second New York City location of Adam Fleishman’s West Coast chain Umami Burger serves its fare, including the Brookfield Place-exclusive pastrami burger, on slender black trays.
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