Small but mighty, this little corner of the west side has a rich New York history. While it has now become a mecca for tourism and shopping (and also SoHo House attendees), there are a few hidden gems to be explored here. So next time you’re at The Whitney for the afternoon, or have ventured down the Highline and find yourself dumped out on 14th St, read on for exactly where to grab a bite (big or small).
Santina – Although this spot is a bit of a scene, the food, nonetheless, is consistently delicious. The cecina, or Italian chickpea pancake, is a can’t miss, and the squash carpaccio is as delicious as it is beautiful. Don’t forget a glass of rose to accompany.
Ample Hills Creamery – The OG of inventive hard ice cream flavors in NYC, in my humble opinion. Get the “Munchies”, which had a blend of potato chips, pretzels, and chocolate pieces, in a big old cone and go home happy.
The Wild Son – So far west it’s nearly in the Hudson, this tiny all-day cafe serves a burrata and jam tartine that I dream about. All of their breakfast sandwiches are also great, and they serve excellent coffee and a good selection of cocktails as well.
The Standard – Ever an institution, this is a great place to stop by for a drink even if you don’t have a meal here. Grab a martini at the bar, or if you’re feeling wild, brave the crowds at their next door beer garden (just not on a Saturday afternoon, please).
High Street on Hudson – The NYC outpost of the Philly classic is consistently wonderful for any meal. Their classic “bodega” egg sandwich is mouth-wateringly delicious, but the “forager,” complete with black trumpet mayo, is a close second. Their pastry game is on point as well.
Maman – The newest location of this growing NYC chain, this is my pick for the best coffee spot in Meatpacking. The printed floral cups are very photo-worthy too 🙂
Gansevoort Market – The new location of Gansevoort Market is a fun alternative to Chelsea Market, and also features the amazing cookie spot Chip, which rivals Levain for ooey-gooey centers.