There are few details, but New York Post restaurant critic Steve Cuozzo confirms that this will be a sit-down affair (unlike Chang's super-popular chicken project Fuku) in Pier 17, which is part of the $1.7 billion revitalization of the touristy seaport after it took a major hit during Hurricane Sandy. That also includes the Jean-Georges Vongerichten food hall, which was announced last September.
Both projects are likely a year or more from opening, but it's welcome news for those who work in the Financial District, which has long been a restaurant dead zone of sorts. When Chang and Vongerichten arrive, they will be in good company. Tom Colicchio and Keith McNally are working on projects at the nearby Beekman hotel, that long-anticipated downtown Eataly is still in the works and, earlier this week, the Dead Rabbit folks announced that they will open a Cuban-inspired bar nearby. So we may finally see a vibrant dining scene way downtown.