NYC Financial District Development Attracts Luxury Shops, Restaurants

New York City's Financial District is reinventing itself yet again, with new shops and restaurants set to debut in a new development over the next year before an official debut in Spring 2015. 

According to culinary website Eater, the renamed Brookfield Place (formerly the World Financial Center) is in the middle of a $250 million renovation that will include a luxury goods mall with tenants like Burberry, Hermes, Salvatore Ferragamo, Michael Kors, and Judith & Charles, as well as a big outdoor event space next to the marina on the Hudson River. 

Notably for foodies, a 25,000-square-foot French food market is under construction. Le District is expected to open later this year with room for six new stand-alone restaurants (a P.J. Clarke's is already open in the complex). Before that opens, local restaurants and "food trucks" will be highlighted in a communal space overlooking the Hudson. Hudson Eats will be an upscale dining terrace with fast-casual concepts from 14 chef-driven eateries (think Umami Burger, Skinny Pizza and Sprinkles Cupcakes). 

And according to city website Gothamist, Philadelphia-based Iron Chef Jose Garces will make his NYC restaurant debut at the Financial District dining and shopping center. The James Beard award-winning chef says it's "long been a dream" of his to open a restaurant in the city and found his opportunity with the new complex.