You may have never imagined eating in a turn-of-the-century bank vault, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try it! Having a cocktail or meal at the hidden gem Trinity Place in the Financial District might just be the glamorous night out you were searching for.
This historic bar and restaurant opened in 2006 after a restauranteur decided to restore the worn old vault. It was originally commissioned by Andrew Carnegie and the New York Realty Bank, and was declared the “the world’s largest and strongest bank vault in the world” in 1904, according to the Trinity Place website.
Because the vault was constructed in upstate New York and was extremely heavy, it had to be sailed down the Hudson River and then moved to its spot in the 115 Broadway building on custom-built railway tracks from Battery Park (it hasn’t been moved from the tracks on that spot since).
Nowadays, you enter Trinity Place and see a 40-foot mahogany bar, surrounded by the original five-inch steel walls that are left exposed. Take a peek at the giant vault doors (there’s an entrance at both ends), each weighing a whopping 35 tons.
The bar menu entails yummy gourmet bites like Mini Wagyu Cheese Burgers, Tuna Tartare Tacos, House-Cured Salmon and Tandoori Chicken Skewers. Cocktails range from an Aperol or St Germain Spritz to a Cucumber Cosmo to a Rye Old Fashioned.
Cheers to NYC history!