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.
Meatpacking District, Manhattan
An unpretentious fine dining dessert that keeps comfort at its core. Pastry chef Stephen Colluchi once told Serious Eats, "I love making things that should not be at a three-star restaurant." That may be true, but this dessert would be equally at home at a three-star restaurant or gastropub.
On first glance, it would seem an odd choice. However, they seem to have given her freedom to create some forward-thinking desserts. One such example is a Quark Cheesecake ($11) made with a fresh, drained cow milk cheese formed from warm, sour milk.
Yup, it's hot this week. Defcon 1 hot. Hairdryer blowing in your face all day hot. To find an antidote to heat like this, I turned to a food city that's no stranger to super-hot, humid weather—New Orleans.
The High Line's spring hours kicked off earlier this month, and they brought some new faces (and some beloved returning ones) to the park's food scene. We took a recent sunny day as a chance to check them out; here's this year's lineup and vendor open hours.
Here's one late night sandwich that isn't a greasebomb. Good for lunch as well.
Count them. There are exactly nine ping pong ball-sized doughnuts, a cascading carnival hot from the fryer. These are ricotta doughnuts ($16) with deeply browned exteriors that crunch into a fluffy poofs.
Zampa isn't the sort of restaurant you'd expect to find on the edge of the Meatpacking District. Specializing in cheese, charcuterie, and wine, it's made for the kind of date in which you want to show you care without coming off as overly committed.
Like Cafe Gitane's egg and merguez sandwich, this baby's best bit is its bread.
Some sandwiches boast one ingredient so great that other less-than-perfect participants can be overlooked. Such is the case with the Egg and Merguez ($14) sandwich from Café Gitane.
New to Del Posto's menu this season is Torta di Zucca ($12), a creation with savory flavors more often found in that classic fall dish of pumpkin ravioli with brown butter and sage.
For a neighborhood so seemingly devoted to the concept of nightlife (and everything that it aspires to be), the Meatpacking District is surprisingly bereft of the kinds of cheap, junky midnight snacks that party animals know and love. But here are ten great ones—everything from burgers and pizza to 24 hour kebabs and high class French pastry—to satisfy your late night urges.
There's no end to great places to eat near NYU, which covers several of the city's best eating neighborhoods. New to town, broke, and hungry? Take a peep for some can't-miss bites to get you through class.
The Darby Sundae ($15) comes to the table with giant scoops of vanilla ice cream piled to form a pyramid topped with crushed pralines. This is indulgent and definitely meant for sharing among two or more.
Let's preemptively kick off the summer with a mouthwatering inspiration known as the cote de boeuf. A lot of love (and butter) goes into the 40 ounce ribeye, and we're all the happier for it. It's admittedly not standard Memorial Day weekend barbecue fare—it's aged for 28 days and is cooked in four stages: in an infrared 1,700 °F salamander, a regular oven, and a clarified butter bath.
Edamame dumplings and Cantonese spring rolls: breakfast of champions? Yes, and it's called dim sum. More and more frequently, traces of dim sum can be found in dinner menus throughout the US, and we're not complaining. In fact, we recently snuck into a restaurant kitchen to see how the small dishes are made. Carey Jones even made some dim sum herself, under the careful guidance of Chef Yang Huang of Buddakan.
This is the aftermath. This is what happens after you drop the spoonful of housemade creamy peanut butter ice cream into the heart of the soufflé ($12). It's hot and cold all at once, a steamy soufflé that not surprisingly tastes exactly like a Reese's peanut butter cup. Dig in and dig quick. The soufflé offers a crisp surface with an airy and delicate interior.
Ever made a traditional Peking duck? Turns out it's a pretty involved process, requiring not only multiple steps but multiple days, cooking apparatuses, and spices. The end result: an incredibly crispy, juicy bird that's seriously delicious. Come along with Serious Eats's own Carey Jones as she learns how to make Peking Duck. Chef Brian Ray of Buddakan gives us the grand tour.
A common complaint about the food of another nation, when cooked in America, is that it's not gutsy enough. Not as spicy or fish-sauce-y or buttery or Sichuan peppercorn-ed or smoky or sour as in its home country. Luckily, that's not a malady that afflicts the Wok-Fried Kangkong ($12) at Fatty Crab.
The holiday season brings with it all sorts of rich tastes and smells: eggnog and warm apple cider; the scent of baking cookies and gingerbread; cozy spices of cinnamon and nutmeg. But then there's peppermint, and the million different ways restaurants, bakeries and coffee shops in this city incorporate it into desserts. From housemade peppermint patties to candy cane ice cream, deciding where to start is the hardest part. Check our ten of our favorites.