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New Downtown Restaurant Reaching Back Into Its Building's History

 Trading Post Opening on John Street
Trading Post Opening on John Street
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FINANCIAL DISTRICT — In the 1800s, the six-story granite building that sits at 170 John Street was used as a ship's chandlery, supplying sailors the necessary supplies for the upkeep of their boats.

And while there won’t be any whale oil, tar or varnish on the menu, Deirdre Stone, the owner of a new American restaurant soon to open in building, said their three-level eatery, called Trading Post, will certainly keep the historic spirit of the space.

“From the second-floor of the restaurant, you’ll have wonderful views of the historic ships in the Seaport,” said Stone. “My partners and I have all lived in this neighborhood for years and specifically wanted to open a cozy, classic spot that really celebrates the history and unique vibe of the area.”

Stone describes the food for the upscale, 10,000 square foot restaurant, which is slated to open before the end of June, as “classic American, with a modern twist". There will be plenty of seafood, a raw bar, and locally sourced meats and vegetables from the nearby New Amsterdam Market. Items on the menu include cornmeal-crusted skate fish, asparagus risotto and a special black Angus burger.

The expansive ground floor will feature their main bar and dining area, while the upstairs seating will have sweeping East River views, Stone said.

Downstairs, a basement level will be home to a cellar bar with original stone walls, and a focus on whiskey and experimental cocktails.

“Our concept is chic, stylish minimalism, with a Southern hospitality feel,” Stone said. “We want to bring great food, and a calm, intimate setting in the midst of the Wall Street bustle.”

Though the restaurant had received some vociferous pushback from building residents who feared the space would be more like a nightclub or lounge when Trading Post sought advisory approval from Community Board 1 for a liquor license last year which they won Stone said they've been working in close contact with residents since, and hope to soon prove themselves as favorite local spot.

“We've always envisioned this as upscale, neighborhood place with a genuine focus on quality food," Stone. "I think the residents, and the locals will feel the same way."