A Sneak Peek Inside TriBeCa's New Gourmet Market All Good Things

By Julie Shapiro on August 30, 2012 3:08pm 

TRIBECA — These are some very good things.

Sweet scoops from Blue Marble Ice Cream in Brooklyn, gourmet cheese from Cavaniola’s in Sag Harbor and artisanal bouquets from Polux Fleuriste on the Upper East Side are all coming to TriBeCa this Saturday for the opening of All Good Things at 102 Franklin St.

The European-style market, in a former industrial building that has been stripped down to its original brick walls and arched ceiling, will offer goods from nine local vendors in an atmosphere designed to be more intimate and relaxed than Eataly or Whole Foods.

The idea is for residents to stop in and grab some fresh, local ingredients and snacks — and also get to know the people who made them, said Camilla Wilson, who is working on the project with owner Kyle Wittels.

"TriBeCa is really missing that," Wilson said of a friendly, stress-free shopping experience. "I haven't seen anything like it."

Other vendors include Blue Bottle Coffee, Orwasher's Bakery, Dickson’s Farmstand Meats and Nunu Chocolates. Wittels and chef Ryan Tate, formerly of Savoy, will run a produce stand and a fish counter, both called All Good Things.

And, in about two months, Tate will open an as-yet-unnamed restaurant in the cellar of the 2,000-square-foot space. The cozy eatery will have a constantly changing menu of a few dishes per night, based on the ingredients Tate finds in the shops above.

"It's going to be a daily creation," Wilson said.

Upstairs, some of the vendors will offer special items that aren't sold anywhere else. Blue Marble Ice Cream, for example, plans to roll out its first non-dairy ice cream, which is coconut-based.

As workers hurried to put the finishing touches on the vending stalls on a recent afternoon, Wilson smiled when she saw two curious passersby peek through a gap in the paper-covered windows. She hopes to draw as many people from the neighborhood as possible on the opening weekend.

"Just come by," she said.

All Good Things, 102 Franklin St., will be open seven days a week starting Sept. 1. Blue Bottle Coffee will open at 7 a.m., while most other vendors will open at 10 a.m. and close by 7 p.m. A small bar in the back will stay open until 1 a.m.

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