Since our last High Line guide came out, the popular elevated park and surrounding area have seen some interesting food-related developments. In addition to various restaurant openings in Chelsea and the Meatpacking District, Chelsea Market has seen some interesting new offerings, and vendors have started selling food on the High Line itself.
So where should you eat while walking the High Line? With the Meatpacking District on one end and Chelsea on the other, you've got options. Here are our picks.
The High Line
Since our last guide was published, seasonal food vendors have opened up on the High Line itself, but they've all closed for the winter. Since vendor applications are processed on a yearly basis, some of them may or may not reopen in the spring. But don't be surprised to see an outpost of Williamsburg's BrisketTown, offering brisket and ribs while New Jersey-based The Taco Truck sells tacos, tortas, chilaquiles, salad, and tortilla chips. Both are solid lunch options.
For all things Chelsea Market, a collection of specialty food shops and restaurants, check out our previous guides to lunch and sweets in the building. Don't miss some of the city's best tacos at Los Tacos No. 1 or dinner at the seafood-centric Cull & Pistol.
Great Food To Go
A Salt & Battery: Our pick for New York's best fish and chips. Pro tip: order your chips with a side of curry. Also check out Tea and Sympathy next door for higher end British fare, British candy and other gifts.
Blue Bottle Coffee: A New York branch of the top-notch Bay Area coffee company. In addition to the main counter, check out the Japanese-style Siphon bar upstairs, featuring single origin coffees, fresh waffles, and housemade pastries.
Bottino: This two-part shop on Tenth Avenue does excellent sandwiches to go, plus higher end lunch and dinner (see below.) We're particularly fond of anything with prosciutto.
Co Ba: By far the best banh mi in Chelsea, and our second-favorite in Manhattan.
Murray's Bagels: One of the city's top bagel spots, a favorite of ours despite their steadfast refusal to toast their bagels and bialys.
Salumeria Biellese: A deceptively nondescript Italian deli with excellent cold cuts and hot sandwiches. Try one of their weekday specials, or just stock up on cold cuts and bring your own bread.
Sullivan Street Bakery: One of New York's best bakeries, opened by Jim Lahey in 1994. Originally famous for its well-baked breads and pizzas, but the sandwiches and pastries are also excellent.
Bill's Bar and Burger: Excellent smashed burgers and milkshakes. Also try the sliders and the bigger, beefier short rib burger.
Co.: A sit-down pizzeria from Jim Lahey, of Sullivan Street Bakery fame, and the pies are wonderfully thin and crispy. We like the spinach pie and the seasonal specials.
Istanbul Grill: 24/7 Turkish kebab house best known for its gyros and adana, but the cold appetizers also make for solid DIY sandwiches, if you ask. Good for late-night or lunch.
The Meatball Shop: Very popular spot specializing in, you guessed it, meatballs. Pork, beef, chicken, veggie, and rotating special meatballs are available on sliders, heros, or solo, all with a variety of sauces. The balls are solid if not life-changing, as are the ice cream sandwiches, which are made in-house.
Ovest Pizzoteca: The westernmost branch of reputed pizzeria Luzzo serves very fine wood-fired Neapolitan-style pies, along with solid lunch, panini, and pasta specials.
Bottino: This two-part shop on Tenth Avenue does excellent sandwiches to go (see above), plus higher end lunch and dinner. A good Italian sit-down spot with garden dining in nice weather.
Cookshop: Cookshop excels at being casual, but not too casual—fancy without being snooty. The bread basket and deviled eggs are outstanding, and the lardo pizza is an excellent value as well.
Foragers City Table: A bit uneven and expensive, but this west Chelsea space has some very good organic/locally sourced-dishes, especially the small plates. Check out the adjacent Foragers City Grocer for more organic fare, including a juicy chicken sandwich and eclectic pastries.
Tipsy Parson: Nouveau southern comfort food, with a menu full of fried food, cajun seafood, and grits. The hearty brunch is also worth checking out.
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. The crepinette of pork might be fatty enough to kill you, but it'll be worth it.
A Few Steps Up
Del Posto: Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich's ambitious, formal four-star Italian establishment, and an early player in New York's Italian fine dining scene. Quite pricy at dinner but extraordinarily well-priced ($39 for three courses) at lunch.
Blossom: One of the city's rare vegan fine dining options, and one of the few vegan restaurants we love. Blossom does enough amazing things with vegetables that you'll never miss the meat (or dairy). Also check out Blossom Bakery across the street for some very good vegan cookies and cakes.
Colicchio & Sons: 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.
Toro: The New York branch of this popular Boston tapas bar with standout paella, small plates, and drinks.
Scarpetta: The New York branch of Scott Conant's Italian restaurants, in a trendy, but high-end space typical of the Meatpacking District. Don't overlook the signature spaghetti with tomato and basil.
Spice Market: It's a super-styled big-box Meatpacking District restaurant, but the Southeast Asian-inspired food has remained consistently tasty over the years. The desserts, including the Ovaltine kulfi, are especially noteworthy.
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About the author: Ben Jay is a Serious Eats contributor, photographer, carnivore, beer and whisky drinker, and music nerd. His favorite band ever is Black Bear Tribe. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram.