The Whitney Museum of American Art is located all the way over to the west, and there is no lack of options there: From high-end restaurants to fast-casual lunches to coffee shops, the area is jam-packed. Especially because there’s Chelsea Market and the Gansevoort Market, which provide an exceptional array. But these can be crowded and loaded with tourists, thanks to the museum’s location on the High Line. Here, some local favorites in a variety of price ranges to make the whole day fun without too much walking.
Whether in need of a healthy or heart option, the bright and airy Cookshop provides with breakfast items like huevos rancheros, grains and greens, and a breakfast pita sandwich. Go completely vegetarian at The Butcher’s Daughter, where they serve various breakfast bowls, the required avocado toast, and vegan pancakes. At Buvette, go classic French with an omelette or Croque Madame.
This bright blue Mediterranean spot is from the same folks as Cookshop, and that same balance of health and flavor is on full display in the Shuka menu, which caters to various dietary restrictions. Or go to the classic and food-writer fave Via Carota—from the same folks as Buvette; this neighborhood is a family affair—for pasta and other simple Italian perfection. Or go a lot more casual for a falafel, fries and shake at Taïm.
It’s all about Chinese cuisine and great cocktails at RedFarm, with a huge selection of dumplings, rice and noodle dishes, and mains that are pretty heavy on the meat. Or for a gastropub with well-executed food and cocktails in a comfortable atmosphere, hit The Spaniard, which is a special draw for whiskey lovers. Or do French fare, vegan-style at Delice & Sarrasin.
It’s known to get quite packed, but when entertaining out-of-towners, Employees Only is a classic must-visit. Or go somewhere a bit more new but still exception, Katana Kitten, where the focus is on new-fangled highballs. To be a bit more on the surprising and technical side, hit up Existing Conditions, which feels like a pub but has an approachable yet scientific menu.