The food scene along the High Line will get a new player this fall when a popular food hall expands to 28th Street.
Visited by 7.5 million people in 2015, the elevated park has seen a boom in dining along its entire 1.45-mile length. The latest newcomer will be Union Fare 28, an offshoot of the hugely successful Union Fare food hall that opened almost exactly a year ago near Union Square.
Clocking in at 30,000 square feet, Union Fare 28 will be smaller than its original. The location will open in late 2017 at 535 W. 28th St., sitting just off the 28th Street entrance to the High Line.
Unlike most food halls, Union Fare isn’t a collection of independent restaurants. Owner Will Kim partnered with various chefs on a collection of concepts, from a charcuterie stall to a full-service restaurant, beer and cocktail bars, a cafe that transitions into a wine bar in the afternoon and a grab-and-go market with poke, a bakery and other options.
The look and feel will be similar to the warm industrial ambiance of the original, with a French bent. The more upscale restaurant in the space, French Dnr, will serve Mediterranean-influenced cuisine, along with two more casual sister concepts: Fog Cutter, an oysters-and-champagne affair with other small plates, and Bar Coquette will bring classic French cocktails and bites.
The space will also house a new American restaurant called Union Fare Grill as well as a marketplace and bakery, plus a lounge and gallery.
While the High Line has spurred a culinary boom since opening in 2009, Union Fare 28 will come in at a relatively underserved point. Both of its other other food hall options — the city’s OG Chelsea Market and Gansevoort Market — are located below 16th Street.