A historic neighborhood that lies on the west edge of Manhattan near the Hudson River, below Chelsea and above West Village, was once home to many of cities meat purveyors, giving it it’s iconic name, the Meatpacking District. What used to be an epicenter for wholesale meat markets and butchers is now one of the cities most fashionable and expensive neighborhoods in NYC. The cobblestone streets of Meatpacking are lined with high-end fashion boutiques and elite restaurants – see below for my top picks!
1. Catch: 21 9th Ave, New York, NY 10014
Catch NYC is the perfect MePa spot to gather with friends for drinks either at the 2nd floor bar/lounge area or the notorious Catch rooftop on the third floor. The restaurant dishes out modern, creative sushi and seafood dishes meant for sharing – great for celebrating a birthday or grabbing dinner with friends.
Must Order: Hellfire Roll, Crispy Shrimp, Crunchy Rice Cakes with Tuna Tartare
2. Bagatelle: 1 Little W 12th St, New York, NY 10014
While known for its over-the-top boozy brunch, this MePa hot spot also serves classic, modern French cuisine for dinner, drawing a somewhat calmer crowd on evenings. The upscale, European vibe gets a bit rowdier as the night goes on – a great spot before a night out on the town.
Must Order: Black Truffle Gnocchi, Whole Truffled Roasted Chicken
3. Serafina Meatpacking: 7 9th Ave, New York, NY 10014
Always a great go-to, Serafina Meatpacking is one of the better Serafina locations due to its outdoor patio overlooking Meatpacking’s signature cobblestone streets. Relax and kick back with a bottle of wine and some wood-fired pizza and get ready to people watch.
Must Order: Tartufo Nero Pizza, Gnocchi Di Mamma
4. Santina: 820 Washington St, New York, NY 10014
Situated underneath the Gansevoort Street entrance to the High Line Park, Santina brings coastal Italian cuisine in a tropical setting to the Meatpacking District. The outdoor patio is a great spot to gather with friends to sip on a refreshing cocktail out of a pineapple cup.
Must Order: Rigatoni alla Norma, Gamberetti Cecina