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.
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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.
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.
Urbanspace Meatpacking is the new food and retail pop-up under the South end of the High Line, put on by the same organization as Dekalb Market and Madison Square Eats. Take a look at some of the bites you can find there.
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.
There's not many places in the city where you can casually drop by for Crepes Suzette in the afternoon, but Pastis is one of them.
Buddakan might not be the first destination that comes to mind when you crave dessert, but loyal fans of pastry chef Vera Tong (previously at Dovetail on the Upper West Side) will attest to the sheer indulgence known as her Peanut Butter Bar.
The Croque Monsieur at Pastis is both a classic and a monster. At $13, it is the complete opposite from the delicate version at Buvette and big enough for two meals (don't even think about trying to finish this).
At Spice Market, keep your eye out for the Warm Rice Pudding ($7), a new and worthy addition to the dessert menu.
Pastis is one of New York's legendary mob scenes (the crowded kind, not the Mafia kind). The restaurant, 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. Were it not for McNally (and of course Florent), the Meatpacking District would not be what it is today. Breakfasts and brunches command lengthy waits, and on weekends, you're lucky to get a seat at the bar after midnight.