Chelsea & the Meatpacking District
(West Sixth Avenue from 14th Street to 30th Street)
Known for Art galleries, nightlife, shopping, the Highline, Bars
Manhattan’s Chelsea art gallery neighborhood is today what Soho was 10 years ago, and what the Lower East Side is becoming now. Over the years major galleries have moved to Chelsea, making it the fun cultural scene. It's neighbor, The Meatpacking District, named for the slaughterhouses in the area, is also an extremely popular lively destination. The biggest reasons to come here: the Highline Park, a reclaimed railroad turned urban park & the Whitney Museum's captivating art.
Places to Eat
STK restaurant is on the ground floor but STK has the rooftop as a NYC restaurant and lounge, open year-round. The menu offers a STK’s signature dishes with casual American grill cuisine and hot winter cocktails amidst breathtaking views of the Hudson River and New York skyline.
WHAT I LOVED: Tuscan kale salad, grilled Spanish octopus, and a side of creamy Yukon potatoes.
The Park is a chic little restaurant tucked away near the High Line with a great atmosphere and menu, it stands out from the rest. This hip spot in Chelsea is bound to impress. Each room evokes a different theme. There is an outdoor garden with trees wooden furniture. It has a rustic dining room and their Red Room is infused with Asian aesthetic.
WHAT I LOVED: Perfect brunch - Poached eggs over Salmon hash, with Green Mile drink.
Santina takes inspiration from the Meatpacking District's history with a menu that highlights vegetables and fish. Reminiscent of a coastal Italian restaurant, the restaurant exudes a happy, tropical, summer vibes. It's situated on what used to be the coast of Manhattan where some of the city's first farmers market once stood.
WHAT I LOVED: Giardinia crudite, Spaghetti blue crab.
TAO Downtown is definitely a "club" environment, with good music while visitors experience sensual trip of Asian cuisines. The décor has been meticulously designed and is accented throughout by imported artifacts from China, Japan and Thailand.
WHAT I LOVED: Sweet and sour chicken wing lollipops (shared), glazed salmon with eggplant, mochi for dessert.
Gallow Green is actually the rooftop of the McKittrick Hotel. The cozy garden vibe is very casual (neither pretentious nor touristy), and the views of the city are breathtaking. Their unusual cocktails are keeping with the farm theme as well as a seasonal menu of small plates and pizzas.
WHAT I LOVED: Margherita pizza, Kale caesar salad, "Sleep No More" drink.
THINGs TO DO
The High Line
Arguably the best example of historical preservation in this area. What was at one point a section of the New York Central Railroad is now a sight-seeing park. Running between Gansevoort Street to 34th Street is an escape into beautiful greenery. The High Line has incredible views of the city, together with different lawns and benches for relaxation.
The Whitney Museum of Art
The Whitney, designed by Renzo Piano, offers a refreshing collection of art, with a focus on contemporary 20th and 21st century artists. A few favorites are pieces by Edward Hopper and Jackson Pollock. Whether you’re an art lover or just a passive admirer, the Whitney is an amazing experience with more than 20,000 paintings, sculptures, photography, and films.
*Free Fridays 7-9pm
A block long and a block wide and just a short walk from the Hudson River, you can walk through Chelsea Market to experience tons of amazing shops, like Artist and Fleas, culturally diverse restaurants, and dessert stops, like Beyond Sushi and Doughnuttery. Chelsea Market is a great place to snap a picture under an archway, or grab a bite to eat, or find creative art trinkets.
SLEEP NO MORE
Sleep No More is a loosely based retelling of Macbeth and one of the most immersive theater experiences. Set inside a series of warehouses, the spaces have been designed to look like the 1930s. The audience is free to wander the elaborate rooms and follow or interact with the actors. Tickets start at $99+ but it's a great one time experience.
Boom Boom Room
Located on the 18th floor of The Standard Hotel is the "Top of the Standard" otherwise known as the Boom Boom Room. Here you find spectacular views of the Hudson and the High Line. The bar's decor is intimate with velvety banquettes. While there, migrate over to André Saraiva's Le Bain, next door, which has a swimming pool among other attractions.