The historic location of what was once the wholesale Fulton Fish Market is now a bustling dining destination with a total of 12 restaurants, four bars, and plenty of shops (do not overlook the awesome selection of cheese and butter!). Curated by chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, the Tin Building at the Seaport has something for everyone, whether you’re in the mood for pizzas or dosas, caviar and oysters, or wontons or burgers.
Here’s a handy guide to the Tin Building, for every dining occasion.
For when it’s date night …
Make a reservation for Seeds & Weeds on the second floor. This little sister to abcV is ideal for a first date: cozy and bright, and not at all intimidating, with an inventive vegetarian and vegan menu that pleases a multitude of palates, and also doubles as a great conversation starter. Case in point? The celeriac katsu with fermented quince, mustard, and shiso, or the grilled endive with rambutan and a poppyseed vinaigrette. After dinner, stop by Crêpes & Dosas for a sweet crepe or head down to The Spoiled Parrot for some ice cream. Or there’s also the wine bar, too, if you want to linger.
See also: We can confirm that New Yorkers love a French restaurant, and T. Brasserie, located on the ground floor, is no exception. The Art Nouveau styling makes you feel, if only briefly, like you’re in Paris, and the menu is classic French through and through. Split some escargots or steak tartare and some frites, of course, and don’t sleep on the bottles of vintage Cognac and Armagnac.
For when you’re with the kids …
You need a crowd-pleaser, and you’ll find it in The Frenchman’s Dough. This Italian restaurant located on the second floor has all the hits, from pizza, pasta, and calamari to salad, chicken parm, and tiramisu. At any one time there are at least six different pizzas to choose from, not to mention seasonal additions. We highly recommend the limone, topped with tart preserved lemons, fresh ricotta, fontina, and Parmesan cheese, and ending your meal with a lush slice of wood-fired cheesecake.
For when you’re dining with a group …
Do consider booking one of the banquettes at the House of the Red Pearl. Hidden behind an Asian food boutique, it feels like a speakeasy and it’s got an expansive menu of Chinese-inspired dishes meant for sharing with a crew. Our ideal order for a crowd? Start with spicy marinated cucumbers, wontons in chile oil, and the tofu skin spring rolls, and then go all out with the lobster e-fu noodles, stir-fried pea shoots, cumin lamb, and roasted monkfish.
See also: If you’re looking to host more of a private gathering, you might want to consider The Tasting Studio. The private dining room on the second floor can accommodate anywhere from 40 to 50 guests (seated) and 50 to 75 guests for a standing reception.
For when you’re solo dining …
Head to the second-floor tables near the Mercantile and pull out your phone to order up a satisfying, steamy bowl of ramen from the QR codes on the tables. The menu changes with the seasons but expect to find dishes like spicy miso chicken ramen or an autumn vegetable ramen.
See also: If ramen’s not your thing, head to Taquito, also on the second floor, for some made-to-order tacos. We’re partial to the roasted mushroom tacos with nopales and an avocado-tomato salsa.
For when it’s brunch on the weekend …
Go all out and grab a seat at the Fulton Fish Co. counter, a tribute to the Tin Building’s historic past as the country’s largest wholesale fish market. The raw bar offers all kinds of indulgences, from lobster cocktail and yellowfin tuna tartare to razor clams and scallops. For brunch, there’s lobster Benedict, avocado toast, and fish and chips. And finally, don’t forget to toast with a bloody Mary oyster shooter or a kumquat margarita.
See also: Through April 16, The Tasting Studio is hosting a weekend brunch pop-up with PopUp Bagels, featuring fresh hot bagels, smoked salmon, schmears, and all the other accoutrements you could want, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Reservations can be booked here.
For when it’s breakfast on a weekday …
Head straight to the counter at Double Yolk and order yourself one of the egg sandwiches (we’re partial to the brioche bun sandwich with smoked salmon) and a side of hash browns. And if that doesn’t suit you, look across the way to T. Café where you can order yourself a latte, a croissant sandwich with Paris ham, or choose from a variety of freshly baked pastries.
For when you want to splurge …
By day, Double Yolk serves up those aforementioned egg sandwiches but by night, every day at 5 p.m., it converts into the Caviar Bar, where you can dine luxuriously on caviar in various forms, like an egg toast topped with caviar and herbs or crackling potatoes dressed with caviar, smoked salmon, and cucumber yogurt. And to go with it all? Crisp flutes of Champagne, too.
See also: When you want a bit of an escape from the hustle and bustle of the market — and to indulge — snag a seat at Shikku’s sushi counter. Intimate and tucked away from the rest of the market on the first floor, it’s only got a dozen counter seats where you can order sushi à la carte or omakase style.
For when you want to unwind …
After a long day, what better way to do just that than at the first-floor Wine Bar? Here, you get to taste the best of the cheese and charcuterie sold at the market and pair them with some choice wines that span from France and the Finger Lakes to California and Maryland, too.
See also: If wine’s not your thing, head upstairs and grab a beer at Beer Here!, which has 24 beers on tap and 30 bottled and canned varieties, all handpicked and taste tested by Vongerichten. Or grab a tipple or two at The Cocktail Bar which serves drinks that blend French and Asian influences seamlessly.
The Shops at the Tin Building
If there’s one thing you shouldn’t miss at the Tin Building, it’s the shopping. Truly. Be sure to look for the following …
Central Market (1st Floor):
- Bordier: This French butter isn’t easy to find, but the Tin Building sells a variety of them, including the highly covetable algues version with flecks of briny seaweed.
- Cheese: The Tin Building’s selection of cheeses is top notch and very reasonably priced.
- Seafood: Same goes for the fresh seafood, befitting the Tin Building’s history.
Mercantile and Mercantile East (2nd Floor):
- Spices: Vongerichten personally curated the products you’ll find at this dry goods shop on the second floor, including a special custom line of spices he created in partnership with Lior Lev Sercarz’ La Boîte.
- Pasta: Do look for the semolina artisanal pasta in shapes you likely won’t find anywhere else.
- Vintage cake stands that make the perfect at-home centerpiece.
- Bamboo salt: Hard to find and generally pricey, it’s a highly prized natural umami bomb.
- South Korean vinegars: Mugwort or winter melon vinegar, anyone?
The Tin Building is open daily, from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.