Site Visit Review – 70 Pine St
Once a month, Brick & Wonder members are invited to gather with colleagues in the community for a behind-the-scenes tour of an exceptional architecture or development project – either ongoing or recently completed.
On a foggy and atmospheric morning, our February tour took a group of 20 Brick & Wonder members to 70 Pine St in the Financial District. Completed in 1932, the building is an interior landmarked Art Deco treasure, and is now home to two restaurants Crown Shy and Saga (under construction).
The tour was led by Preeti Sriratana, Managing Director of MN Architects, and Jonathan Garnett, Creative Director of MN Architects, together with Chef James Kent (the chef of Crown Shy and SAGA, and formerly the chef at 11 Madison Park and The Nomad). MN Architects has been working with Chef James and his team for 3 years on both restaurant projects. MN was selected from a group of 5 architecture firm finalists, including SOM and Rockwell Group.
Crown Shy opened in March 2019, earning a Michelin star, and rave reviews. Saga is a 4-floor restaurant experience, projected to open in April 2020. The 64th floor will be dedicated to private events, and the 65th floor will be a dining room, open to the public, with a prix-fixe 7-course menu.
The 66th floor will be a bar called Overstory, open to the public, in a unique, oval space. The 67th floor, at the very top of the building, will be a private dining experience for up to 24 guests, or a private cocktail room for up to 40 guests. Here, a private elevator emerges into the room through flap doors on the floor, where wrap-around windows provide guests with panoramic city views.