Located in the Meatpacking District, the Whitney Museum of American Art is just steps away from some of the most exciting eats (and drinks) the city has to offer. Whether you’re looking for a vibrant Mediterranean spot, a classic Italian restaurant or a lively speakeasy, we’ve got you covered.
Whether in need of a healthy or hearty option, the bright and airy Cookshop in Chelsea provides with breakfast items like huevos rancheros, grains and greens and a breakfast pita sandwich. Go completely vegetarian at The Butcher’s Daughter in the West Village, where they serve various breakfast bowls, the required avocado toast and vegan pancakes. At Buvette, go classic French with an omelette or croque madame.
From the same folks as Cookshop comes Shuka, a bright blue Mediterranean eatery in SoHo that also offers a nice balance of health and flavor and caters to various dietary restrictions. Or visit the classic and food-writer fave Via Carota—from the same folks as Buvette; this neighborhood is a family affair—for pasta and other perfect, simple Italian dishes. Or go a lot more casual with 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 hang out at Katana Kitten, where the focus is on newfangled highballs. Or go back in time at Bathtub Gin, an opulent speakeasy right out of 1920s New York serving up fun takes on classic cocktails and a packed entertainment schedule.