High quality markets where you can also chow down are a hungry grocery shopper’s dream. The titan of them all, Mario Batali's Eataly, just celebrated four wildly successful years since opening up on 23rd Street. Now, with the opening of Le District, it looks like the bustling Italian marketplace is getting a French cousin. The new digs are scheduled to open in two phases: the first will be a collection of restaurants starting this fall, and the second will be a specialty market and garden coming next spring. Kicking things off will be eats at The Market Restaurant, The Absynthe Bar, The Café District and The Apartment.
Presiding over the list, the Market Restaurant is a full-scale affair, with a polished interior and a massive outdoor area, with seating for up to 166 people. Next door, The Absynthe Bar will sling cocktails and small plates at their bar and patio. Then, for private events, The Apartment will play host to large groups. The Café is what we’re droolin’ over most, though, since they’re angling for our sweet tooth. Their lineup will include a chocolaterie, a patisserie, macarons, glacée, coffee and tea.
Of course, after we spend the fall and winter eating our cold-weather blues away in the form or croissants au chocolat, The Market District will open this spring with an extensive selection of specialty French goods. Plus, they’re building out a 10,000-square-foot outdoor seating area — prime real estate for sprawling out with your impressive haul.
Once it’s complete, Le District will join Hudson Eats inside the massive development at 250 Vesey Street inside Brookfield Place. The spot’s collection of locally loved eats is already open, but there’s still more to come. Brookfield’s developers are also planning a retail space with high-end designers snatching up spaces in the building.
In the meantime, we’d recommend scarfing some of our favorite eats that are already on the menu. Between five-spice glazed pork belly sandwiches at Num Pang and burnt ends at Mighty Quinn’s there’s surely something to keep us occupied while we lust after macarons and absinthe cocktails.