Since it first opened in June of 2009, the High Line has become a Manhattan destination. The miles-long park, built on elevated train tracks long out of use, stretches from Gansevoort Street north to 20th Street, with a second section to 30th Street opening by June. Equally suited to strolling and people-watching, picnicking and sunbathing, it's both raised above the city and part of it.
While the High Line extends through several Manhattan neighborhoods, dining options this far west in the city can be a bit limited; we've rounded up some of our favorite eats for a grab-and-go picnic, a quick coffee before a long walk, or a sit-down dinner after.
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First Stop: Chelsea Market
The High Line is conveniently located near Chelsea Market, a collection of specialty food shops and restaurants so extensive it deserves a section of its own. A few highlights:
Buon Italia: One of the most impressive Italian markets in the city, with imported cheeses, meats, chocolates, and just about anything else you can think of. Stock up for a picnic, or buy souvenirs to take home.
Dickson's Farmstand Meats: Locals know it as a fantastic butcher shop, but if you're just looking for a bite, consider their sandwiches (among them, one of our favorite ham-and-cheeses around).
People's Pops: In the summer, grab a fresh fruit popsicle from this small-batch purveyor of frozen treats.
L'Arte del Gelato: One of our favorite gelato shops in the city.
Lobster Place: Sandwiches made to order include an excellent tarragon shrimp roll as well as the expected (and tasty) lobster roll; whoopie pies for dessert.
Lucy's Whey: An adorable and well-curated cheese stand; grab a wedge to go or a great cheese sandwich.
Ronnybrook Milk Bar: A great place for all things dairy, from cheese sandwiches to ice cream to milkshakes; there are extensive breakfast and lunch menus, too.
Amy's Bread: A classic New York bakery that's great for anything from a cookie to a sandwich to a slice of carrot cake.
Great Food To Go
Bottino: This two-part shop on Tenth Avenue does excellent sandwiches to go; we're particularly fond of anything with prosciutto.
Co Ba: By far the best banh mi in Chelsea, and our second-favorite in Manhattan.
Artichoke Basille's: We're fans of the meatball pizza and the enormous, sauce-laden heros at this pizza joint.
Joe the Art of Coffee: An excellent coffee shop, with coffee granitas, hot chocolate, and iced chocolate as good as their espresso drinks.
Billy's Bakery: This cheery, always delicious-smelling bakery is a good bet for cupcakes, pumpkin bars, and banana cream pie.
Le Pain Quotidien: A reliable, if not remarkable chain restaurant good for tartine sandwiches, salads, and pastries.
Co.: A sit-down pizzeria from Jim Lahey, one of the city's best bakers; we like the ham-and-cheese pie and the seasonal specials.
Bottino: A reliable American-Italian sit-down spot on Tenth Avenue, with garden dining in good weather.
Grand Sichuan: Our favorite Sichuan restaurant in the area.
Bill's Bar and Burger: Excellent smashed burgers and milkshakes.
Ovest Pizzoteca: The westernmost branch of reputed pizzeria Luzzo serves very fine wood-fired Neapolitan-style pies, along with solid panini and pasta specials.
Colicchio and Sons: At Tom Colicchio's newest restaurant, we prefer the less formal tap room up front, where the prices are gentler but the food is flawlessly executed; reasonably simple dishes like flatiron steak and lamb ribs are memorably delicious.
Del Posto: Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich's ambitious, formal four-star Italian establishment, quite pricy at dinner but extraordinarily well-priced ($29 for three courses) at lunch.
Trestle on Tenth: Swiss-inspired cooking with lots of pork, cheese, and flavor; it's impossible to have a light meal, but easy to have an excellent one.
Red Cat: Somewhere between a classy, comfortable neighborhood restaurant and a more ambitious establishment, the Red Cat is a reliable American restaurant equally suitable for a casual meal at the bar or a more formal sit-down experience.
Pastis: Keith McNally's follow-up to Soho's iconic Balthazar is a legend in its own right--the kind of eatery that seems to anchor a neighborhood. It really lights up at night, but moules frites and steak tartare are a good bet any time of day.
Cookshop: Cookshop excels at being casual without being too casual, a fine dining restaurant that's a little fancy but never snooty. The deviled eggs and bread basket alone make it worth a visit.
Blossom: The rare vegan restaurant we love, Blossom does enough amazing things with vegetables that you'll never miss the meat (or dairy).
Scarpetta: This is the restaurant we'd most recommend of the trendy, good-looking Meatpacking District set; pasta (expensive, but incredible) is what to order.
Where do you like to eat near the High Line? Chime in with a comment!