Feasting Under the High Line: Who Will Fill Renzo Piano-Designed Restaurant?

  • The High Line may be getting its very own Tavern on the Green—call it the Pub under the Tracks.

    Last week, Friends of the High line released a request for offers [PDF] seeking a restaurant operator to move into a new restaurant space being constructed at the Gansevoort Street entrance to the elevated park. The lucky restaurateur will occupy a fancy glass shed designed by Renzo Piano, architect of the neighboring Whitney Museum, and local firm Beyer Blinder Belle.

    Entries are due by March 30. Representatives for the High Line would not reveal who or how many operators had applied, but they are hopeful for a strong showing from some of the city’s top chefs, many of whom operate establishments within walking distance. The winning respondent will receive a 10-year lease to run the space, though aspects like the design and menu for the restaurant will be created under consultation with Friends of the High Line.

    “The new restaurant will activate the concrete plaza below the High Line, providing a new, welcoming space for people to share a meal while also supporting the park itself,” said Friends co-founder Robert Hammond. “We look forward to opening a restaurant that is as unique and special as the High Line.”

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  • A new restaurant designed by Renzo Piano and Beyer Blinder Belle is being build beneath the Gansevoort Street entrance to the High Line.

  • It'll get glowing reviews.

  • Right now, the entrance is pretty bare.

  • The restaurant is an extension of the maintenance and administrative shed also designed by Renzo Piano.

  • The shed is the black building tucked in beside Mr. Piano's new Whitney Museum, which will house Danny Meyer's Untitled restaurant when it opens in 2015. Quite the restaurant row.