Visiting the Tin Building in New York City

When you’re down in the Seaport area, or maybe making a specific trip to the Seaport area, make sure the Tin Building is a destination and you have time to explore (and eat). It’s maybe not the best place to take the kids for a meal (it’s pricey) but there is an awesome candy store (also pricey) and it’s gorgeous to look at.
The Tin Building at the NY Seaport. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan

The Tin Building reopened in this incarnation in September 2022. It was 8 years in the making, though its history and initial bones are from 1907, and it closed in 2005. It’s been through a lot, and Jean-Georges Vongerichten¬†is now running “12 dining concepts, 4 bars and private dining experiences.” Inside is 54,000 square feet of marketplace. Take a quick video tour with Jean-Georges.

The Spoiled Parrot candy store at the Tin Building. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan

Inside you’ll find more than dining experiences. You’ll find produce, flowers, bread, meat, cheese and a store with all kinds of other food products like tea, dried pasta, sauces and salts. It is most definitely a feast for the eyes.

The Spoiled Parrot candy store at the NY Tin Building. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan

The Spoiled Parrot candy store will delight anyone with a sweet tooth. Not pictured: ice cream.

The cheese shop at the Tin Building. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan

You can get foods and grocery items to go, from the lovely cheese and meat cases, and the product displays.

One of the bars at the Tin Building. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan

Escalators will bring you upstairs where there are more shops, bars and food areas. There’s also a great fish sculpture and ledge where you can look down on the first floor of Tin Building, the entrance area.

Pasta for sale at the Tin Building. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan

The Tin Building sells gift boxes as well, which make a great option for hard-to-please people. They had a wide array of products and prices.

The Mercantile, selling Asian goods, at the Tin Building. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan

In addition to the nicer sit down restaurants, they have a sandwich/salad shop, a breakfast and lunch place (Double Yolk), a crepe and dosa shop, a cafe with pastries/coffee, and a taqueria. The New York Times food critic worked his way through the Tin Building restaurants and gave his advice and insights.

The flower shop at the Tin Building. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan

The flower shop had really interesting flowers you don’t see in most florist displays.

Delicious tuna and sunflower hummus at the Fulton Fish Co. in the Tin Building. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan

We got a bite to eat at the Fulton Fish Co. My husband’s oysters were good, but I was more interested in the small plates, including this one of tuna with sunflower hummus, lime and chili oil, and taro chips. It was delicious. I look forward to going back and trying some of the other restaurants.