It took 22 years after 9/11, but the World Trade Center finally has a full-fledged, street-level, sit-down restaurant.
Popular Brazilian-style steakhouse Fogo de Chao has signed a lease for 5,000 square feet on the ground floor of Three World Trade Center.
Fogo de Chao already operates thriving stores in Midtown and Queens.
We specialize in fire-roasted beef, pork, and fish with churrasco-style tableside service.
The president of the Downtown Alliance, who is a fan of Fogo de Chao, calls this “great news. There's a growing demand for a restaurant in that corner. Feed them steak!”
Disconcertingly, there were no full-service dining options on the 16-acre WTC grounds, crowded with office workers and tourists (e.g. Eataly's cafe on the third floor of the Four WTCs, or other “grab and go” outlets). Such). Oculus does not count. )
Although Fogo de Chao's announcement referred to the location as Oculus, it is actually located in the vacant lot of the long-vacant Three WTC retail store on the corner of Church Street and Cortlandt Street.
The vacant “podium” has long frustrated Larry Silverstein, who developed and leased the successful office tower above it.
The retail space is owned by mall operator Unibail Rodamco Westfield. The predecessor company was said to have done business with two well-known restaurants several years ago, but both went bankrupt.