The South Street Seaport has lived many lives. Located where Fulton Street dead-ends, at the East River, this historic district got its start as a port in 1625. In the intervening years, it’s been home to everything from a celebrated—if heavily Mobbed up—fish market to a drinking site for 1980s-era Gordon Gekko types.

Now, as the neighborhood around the district is in the midst of a multi-billion-dollar redevelopment, this once gritty section of Lower Manhattan is getting its own tony members’ club in the Battery Maritime Building with Casa Cipriani, a division of the Venice-based restaurateurs.