It has been awhile since my last neighborhood guide (East Village) for my NYC series I mentioned I would be starting continually posting throughout the year. I know it’s been off to a slow start, but it’s tough in the summer to find a weekend to document a new neighborhood! But recently, I finally had some time back in the city to create another edition, this time featuring the Meatpacking District. Nestled on the west side of town, this area is packed with restaurants, bars, and loads of shopping.
WHAT TO DO:
Walk the Highline – A public park above ground that spans along the Westside highway starting at Ganesvort street all the way up to the Rail Yards. Each section of the park has been converted from out-of-use railroad trestle to a public landscape for pedestrians. There are spots along the way to grab a snack or a cold drink and multiple exits to get on and off the Highline. Warning, it gets really crowded on here, especially in peak season.
Chelsea Market – Go here hungry and willing to spend a little bit of time to take in all the shops and food markets/restaurants. It has quickly become one of the greatest indoor food halls in the world with more than 35 vendors. Try and go during an “off hour” because, like the High Line, it is also a highly trafficked destination, but worth checking out!
WHERE TO EAT + DRINK:
The Standard – The Standard hotel is one of the most brilliant hotels/business operations. They maximize every little bit of their property year round offering a variety of places to eat and drink that are quintessential New York.
- Le Bein – located on the roof of the hotel is a bustling bar that often has a long line to get up, but is well worth the wait. The roof is small, but has one of the most stunning views of the city!
- The Standard Biergarten – This street-level beer garden located underneath The Highline and next to the hotel serves traditional German fare. While known for their beer selection, they also have a wine and cocktail bar within for those that prefer that libation. While there is open air during the warm weather months, the sides close up creating a cozy atmosphere during the winter. They have a couple ping pong tables and tons of benches creating a fun atmosphere to hang out with a group of friends and grab a few drinks.
- The Standard Grill – Great spot for grabbing a bite to eat inside or outdoors.
< Le Bein – view from the roof >
< The Standard Biergarten >
< The Standard Grill >
CATCH – If you are a seafood lover like myself, this place is a must. While on the pricier side (just a fair warning) you will not be disappointed. They feature contemporary renditions of classic seafood preparations and the overall vibe is one not to be missed. My favorite part about this place is that everything is made to be shared, which in my opinion is the best way to dine, try and enjoy everything! They also have a really cool rooftop if wanting to grab a drink or eat outside.
Spice Market – If wanting to give this place a try, make sure you make a reservation way in advance. While you may get lucky popping in the day/night of, tables book quickly as this is a desired neighborhood spot.
Fig & Olive – One of my go-to’s for a yummy brunch and pretty interior décor. They have a few locations throughout the city, but the Meatpacking is by far my favorite. Easy to pop into after shopping with some girlfriends or before heading to the Highline. I shot my outfit photos (below) right outside where (around the corner) they have cobblestone streets and lots of shops.
Dos Caminos – Great Mexican cuisine, yummy margaritas and located right in the heart of the Meatpacking. On a nice day this place will be packed to the brim, offering ample outdoor (as well as indoor) seating and delicious guacamole!
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