Located on the far west side of Manhattan, and flanked by Chelsea on its north side, the Meatpacking District once housed the city’s meat packing factories – hence the name that still sticks. The massive, industrial warehouses that were once utilitarian have now become quite chic thanks to the emergence of new restaurants and bars in the area. Here’s a guide for where to wine and dine in the Meatpacking District:
Stepping into NYC’s Buddakan will make you feel like you’re a Hollywood starlet who is trying to avoid the paparazzi. Opulent decor, dim lighting, and trendy music will greet you, along with an Asian menu that will leave your palate singing. Along with being treated like a movie star come prices that match, so be prepared for an evening of excess.
• 75 9th Avenue
Santina will transport you to South Beach Miami via the Italian coastal shoreline. The large, street-facing windows let in tons of natural light while the Mediterranean decor also features pops of Floridian pastels. You’ll find Italian specialties such as burrata, cecina, and guanciale dotting the menu.
• 820 Washington, St
If you have a hankering for a good, old-fashioned burger, Bill’s Bar and Burger will satisfy your craving. Featuring Pat LaFrieda’s signature blend of beef that is ground fresh daily, you can dress up your burger with a wide variety of toppings, or try one of their custom creations like the “Big Cat,” which features pulled pork and a fried egg.
• 85 West Street
Three words: rooftop beer garden. If you’re sold on that hook, check out Brass Monkey. You’ll be able to take in the Hudson River atop your perch while enjoying locally-sourced craft beer.
• 55 Little West 12 St.
When you’re in the Meatpacking District, you want to experience places that you would never find at home. The Tippler fits this bill perfectly. Located underground, its decor includes re-purposed items from the city’s old train yards.
• 450 W 17th St.
If you want to see where the genesis of the Meatpacking District’s revitalization began, you have to stop at the Gaslight. You can check out the passing pedestrians on a busy NYC evening through one of their many French doors, or hit the dance floor with some of the city’s top DJ’s.
• 400 W 14th St.
Re-purposing and re-developing space has been the Meatpacking District’s goal for the past 20 years. The result? A fun, vibrant, and highly sought after food and drink scene that must be visited during your trip to New York City.