East River’s ‘Kitchen’ Set For April

By Jennifer Gould Keil March 30, 2015 PDF Article Original Article Press
New York Post - East Rivers Kitchen set for April

New York Post

The long wait for a waterfront restaurant on the underdeveloped East River is coming to an end.

After months of delays, Industry Kitchen will open in mid-April at 70 South St., near Maiden Lane and Pier 15, Side Dish has learned.

Super Storm Sandy stopped construction on the 5,000 square-foot restaurant from Merchants Hospitality Group in 2012.

The indoor/outdoor 300-seat concept, designed by hotshot ShoP Architects, was chosen by the city’s Economic Development Corporation to help develop the lagging waterfront.

The city wants to open up the riverfront to residents, with plans to develop a public beach, parks and other forms of recreation, especially along the neglected section from the Brooklyn Bridge north to 38th Street.

Industry Kitchen will be a rare high-end eatery on that once-industrial stretch underneath the elevated FDR Drive.

The views will include the city skyline, the harbor and the Williamsburg and Brooklyn bridges.

The executive chef is Marco Arnold. From an open kitchen, Arnold will oversee seasonal American cuisine — fresh pastas, grilled meats, fish, vegetables, salads — and pizzas from two large custom-made wood-burning ovens.

Custom cocktails and craft beers are also part of the menu. Desserts will include a caramelized chocolate pizza extravaganza and there will also be a brunch menu featuring sunny side up eggs on pizza.

The spot is the latest from owner Abraham Merchant, who lives nearby in Battery Park City and has a long list of well-known eateries, including Philippe by Philippe Chow, Clinton Hall, SouthWest NY, Merchants NY Cigar Bar and Merchants River House.