Downtown’s booming FiDi neighborhood is gearing up for a battle of “high”-profile restaurants.
As Danny Meyer works on plans for an eatery on the 60th floor of 28 Liberty St., the owners of 70 Pine St. are in heavy talks with former NoMad chef James Kent to head up a restaurant and lounge at the Art Deco tower, sources told The Post.
Kent, who just left The Nomad for an unstated “solo venture,” would run a ground-floor eatery, plus a lounge complex on the landmark skyscraper’s 62-64th and 66th floors and outdoor terraces.
There’s no done deal yet at 70 Pine, the former AIG headquarters that Rose Associates converted to 644 luxury rental apartments — of which more than 60 percent are already rented. (Corcoran was just tapped to market 16 penthouse units.)
Highly regarded Kent is a protégé of Eleven Madison Park and NoMad chef Daniel Humm.
An earlier plan for Spotted Pig chef April Bloomfield and partner Ken Friedman to run a food-and-drink complex atop 70 Pine St. fell apart last year.
Reps for Rose declined to comment and Kent couldn’t be reached.
Meanwhile, Meyer has started planning his public eatery and catering space atop 28 Liberty St., the former Chase Plaza that’s now owned by China’s investment company Fosun, a few blocks from 70 Pine.
“The challenge will be to do a down-to-earth restaurant in an up-in-the-sky space,” Meyer told The Post. The open-to-all café is expected to have about 100 seats.
The district south of Chamber Street is enjoying a boom in new restaurants, but none as yet has a high-floor view — with the exception of touristy OneDine at One World Trade Center.
The eateries at 28 Liberty and 70 Pine St. would be designed mainly for downtown’s 60,000-plus residents.
New restaurants in the neighborhood include Keith McNally’s Augustine, Tom Colicchio’s Fowler & Wells, Wolfgang Puck’s Cut and the Bromberg Brothers’ Blue Ribbon Federal Grill. Gourmet markets are led by Le District at Brookfield…