Call for food and drink on Governors Island in 2019

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Photo: Clay Williams

Governors Island invites creative purveyors of food and beverage to submit proposals to operate on the Island for the 2019 season. There are several flexible, high-traffic stationary sites as well as opportunities for mobile food carts. The Trust for Governors Island will select multiple food operators or a single food service provider for the 2019 season with potential options to renew, multi-year proposals will be considered.

Governors Island is one of New York City’s most beloved seasonal attractions. Today, between the months of May and October visitors from across the city and around the world discover a mix of history and new open, breathtaking landscapes in the center of New York Harbor. Just 8 minutes by ferry from Lower Manhattan and the Brooklyn waterfront, the Island is a backyard for New Yorkers, with hundreds of thousands visiting each year to enjoy public art, car-free biking, festivals, exhibitions and a park with unrivaled views of the city skyline, harbor, Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty.

Ideal partners that would provide food and beverage are businesses that:

  • provide high-quality, affordable, delicious food for our diverse visitors;
  • have successful prior experiences running outdoor concessions;
  • are enthusiastic about partnering with the Trust for the best possible menu, design and service;
  • share the Trust’s goals of promoting a sustainable and zero-waste environment (we encourage the use of compostable service ware and ban straws, single use plastics and Styrofoam).


This is a unique opportunity to be part of one of New York City’s most beloved public spaces with a fast-growing audience. Find out more.

Proposals are due no later than February 15, 2019.