New York

Where to Eat and Drink Near the High Line

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When the High Line opened in 2009, it was an instant hit with both tourists and locals. And it sparked an astonishing development boom all along what would become the mile-and-half-long park, utterly transforming three neighborhoods on Manhattan’s lower west side: the Meatpacking District, Chelsea, and Hudson Yards, which is now something of a mini-city all its own. Today the High Line remains an NYC hotspot for visitors, who come for the often-oddball art exhibitions, the influential landscape design, and, increasingly, the many good places nearby to eat and drink. Here’s our round-up of the best.

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Best sandwich: Rocket Pig

463 West 24th Street
Tucked behind a brick and weathered-steel wall in the back of its far-fancier mothership, Trestle on Tenth, this unassuming sliver of a shop basically only serves one thing: a smoked, roasted, spice-rubbed pork shoulder creation that’s among the very best sandwiches in the city. Juicy, fatty, crisp-skinned, and loaded with flavor, the $14 monster is pure piggy heaven. The mound of sweet meat is topped with onion jam, mustard sauce, and hot sauce, all piled between a chewy ciabatta roll that’s totally up to the task of holding it all together. It comes with a lively house-made pickle, too.  

Honorable mentions: The deservedly legendary uni panini at El Quinto Pino at 401 West 24th, and the array of gooey grilled cheeses made to order at the Saxelby counter, located downstairs at the Chelsea Market.

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Cole Saladino/Thrillist
Cole Saladino/Thrillist

Best ice cream: Seed + Mill

Chelsea Market, 409 West 15th Street
Set off to the south from the tourist-clogged main corridor of Chelsea Market, this counter-space spot is best known for its superb halva, always available in several varieties. But while you’re here picking up a slab or three of that sesame butter-based treat, make sure to grab a $5 cup of the soft-serve ice cream, Goat Milk Tahini. Made by the good folks at Victory Garden (who sadly closed their shop on Carmine Street in 2016), the frozen dessert is smooth, sweet, and tangy, and goes spectacularly well with the crumbled halva on top.   

Honorable mention: Ample Hills at 73 Gansevoort, a small Manhattan outpost of the city’s best “packed-with-crazy-stuff” ice cream.

Best burger: Whitmans

331 10th Avenue
The slick newish Whitmans up at the north end of the High Line may lack the ramshackle charm of the East Village original, but the burgers are just as down-home satisfying. If it’s your first time here, get the signature Juicy Lucy ($13), which oozes melted pimento cheese from within a well-charred short rib beef patty, with spicy pickles a nice touch among the standard burger toppings. If you’re feeling more adventurous, the PB&B ($12) is topped with peanut butter and bacon. And no meal at Whitmans is complete without a bowl of its thinly sliced, deftly battered fried pickles.   

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Best noodles: Jun-Men

249 9th Avenue
Its sterile-condo facade may look unpromising, and the too-small, slightly awkward interior almost guarantees table waits, but rest assured your gracious hosts Jun and BoMee Park will serve you one of NYC’s finest bowls of ramen at Jun-Men. The ramen varieties here are skillfully composed, deeply satisfying, and flat-out delicious: the dense and rich pork bone, the complex spicy miso, the super-fiery kimchi (all $16)… or get the earthy, briny uni mushroom mazemen ($19) for a innovative take on surf ‘n’ turf.

Honorable mention: The slapped-on-site noodles — especially when topped with Tingly Lamb — at Very Fresh, which has recently moved to a bigger stall in Chelsea Market.

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Cole Saladino/Thrillist

Best coffee: Roth New York Bar at Hauser and Wirth

548 West 22nd Street
Back in 2013, the art-selling superstars Hauser and Wirth opened a cavernous gallery in Chelsea, presenting the works of three generations of Roths (the most famous being Dieter) as the opener. That exhibition is long gone, of course, and the gallery itself has since moved to a new location, but the best part of the show miraculously remains: the secret espresso bar, insanely adorned with all sorts of Dieter Roth art and madness. Anyone can stop by any time the gallery’s open and enjoy a coffee, absolutely free.
      
Honorable mention: La Colombe at the 27th Terminal Warehouse, which is comfortable, quiet, and serves pastries from City Bakery.

Best tacos: Los Mariscos

Chelsea Market, 409 West 15th Street
In the fall of 2016, the trio behind the highly regarded Los Tacos #1 in Chelsea Market expanded their footprint with this outstanding, beachy-feeling hangout, which specializes in fish tacos that outshine anything you’ll find at the meat-based original. The tacos are only $3 each, and they’re as good as any in the city, with fish flaky and flavorful enough to hold its own under multiple sauces and bright, fresh toppings. Another plus: There’s a separate entrance on 15th Street, so you don’t even have to deal with the Chelsea Market mob scene to get in.    

Company Restaurant
Company Restaurant
Company Restaurant

Best pizza: Co.

230 9th Avenue
Master baker Jim Lahey’s sit-down pizza restaurant Co. (usually pronounced “company”) opened in 2009, and has been packed almost every night since. It’s not cheap — the individual pies are small, and run as high as $23 — but it’s worth it. This is pizza of the gooey, chewy variety, with high-end toppings like shiitake mushrooms, béchamel sauce, fresh leaves of spinach, and slabs of guanciale covering blistered-on-the-edge, floppy-in-the-middle crust. The salads and roasted vegetable plates are top-notch accompaniments, too.  

Best dive bar: Billymark’s West

332 9th Avenue
The iconic blue-brick facade is covered in layers of graffiti and wheat pastes; the dingy interior looks like it hasn’t changed a bit since that “Est 1956” sign was placed out front. Sure, Billymark’s West gets plenty of slummers sipping cans of PBR these days, but make no mistake: This is an actual dank-as-hell dive bar, one of a rapidly vanishing breed in Manhattan. With the luxury accommodations of Hudson Yards welcoming residents soon, who knows how much longer we’ll even have Billymark’s in our life? Go now while you still can, and join the quietly sullen day-drinkers or too-loud nighttime revelers for a bottom-shelf shot and can-of-whatever chaser.  

Gallow Green
Gallow Green
Gallow Green

Best date bar: Gallow Green

542 West 27th Street
The McKittrick Hotel has become something of an entertainment complex, hosting the interactive theatrical experience Sleep No More; the Illusionist’s Table (among other things) at the Heath “speakeasy”; and bands playing nightly at the jazzy Manderley Bar. But the best part of the whole shebang might be the hopelessly romantic rooftop cocktail bar, Gallow Green. In the summer, it’s covered in dreamy greenery and twinkling lights under the stars; in the winter it becomes a rustic lodge, complete with bunk beds for snuggling and an outdoor fire pit. At any time of year, the oversized fruit punches are just as potent.

Best brunch: Bubby’s

73 Gansevoort Street
Popular brunch spots can be more hassle than they’re worth, with tedious table waits and frantic service nullifying whatever pleasure those pancakes might bring. Not so with Bubby’s. Located at the southern end of High Line right across from the Whitney, Bubby’s is predictably packed at all times, but the food’s first-rate, the atmosphere’s friendly, and the drinks are well-mixed. Feast on the hits: the buttermilk biscuits (two for $6), red flannel hash ($24), and jalapeno scramble ($19).

Chip
Chip
Chip

Best cookie: Chip NYC

353 West 14th Street
In the summer of 2017, a couple of college buddies opened a tiny cookie shop in Astoria, and became instant neighborhood heroes for their gooey, sweet, monster-size treats. Now the Chip NYC crew is spreading their cookie-love to Manhattan, with a counter at the pretty but often-overlooked Gansevoort Market near the south end of High Line. Every day they bake up to four different varieties — recent offerings included funfetti, s’mores, blueberry cheesecake, and chocolate chip walnut (each $3.50). No matter the flavor, cookies are cooked “soft” with a doughy center, and loaded with chunky stir-ins.

Best fancy dinner: Untitled

99 Gansevoort Street
The Whitney Museum has been a huge success from the moment it opened in 2015, so it makes sense that it’s also home to one of the area’s great restaurants, the cheekily named Untitled. Renzo Piano’s design is sparse but pretty, with soaring floor-to-ceiling windows, and the service is exactly what you’d expect at a high-end Danny Meyer joint: flawless. The food is a delight, a menu of contemporary American dishes that gather together the freshest ingredients in creations like grilled Arctic char and pork adobo.  Sign up here for our daily NYC email and be the first to get all the food/drink/fun New York has to offer.

Scott Lynch is a Thrillist contributor. 

New York

Scavenge for Peeps Cookies and More Fun Treats in NYC This Easter

The best Easter desserts in NYC this spring include Easter Bunny Churros and Carrot Cake Macarons.

Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery

As spring makes its way through New York City, not only do we get to enjoy beautiful weather, stunning cherry blossoms, and cool activities priced at $Free.99, but it’s also the perfect time for some limited-edition desserts.

With Easter fast approaching, bakeries are filling their shops with tons of chocolate eggs, carrot cake-flavoured everything and all types of flavours that offer both nostalgia and innovation within the city’s dessert landscape. After you’ve picked up a cake from the city’s best new bakeries, from Easter Bunny Churros to Carrot Cake Macarons, here are 8 Easter desserts to try in NYC right now.

Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery
Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery
Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery

Magnolia Bakery

Throughout April
Various locations
There’s great news for devotees of Magnolia Bakery’s Classic Banana Pudding: For Easter, the spot is mixing up the iconic dessert’s vanilla pudding with some carrot cake. The Carrot Cake Pudding is filled with freshly grated carrots, coconuts, pineapples, raisins, and walnuts. And if both bananas and carrots aren’t your thing, they’ll be offering their Classic Vanilla Cupcakes in pastel colours with a Cadbury chocolate egg hidden inside.

Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery

Funny Face Bakery

Through Easter Sunday
NoHo and Seaport
Known for their celebrity face and meme-worthy decorated cookies, fans of Funny Face Bakery know that a new fun design is always just around the corner. For Easter, they’ve created the adorable Hoppy Easter decorated cookie that resembles a classic box of marshmallow Peeps. Along with that, they also have the return of their fan-favourite Caramel Pretzel Chip cookie flavour, plus a set of three mini-decorated cookies perfect for gifting.

The Doughnut Project

Friday, April 7 through Easter Sunday
West Village
With the ever-changing flavours at The Doughnut Project, it’s super easy to miss out on trying out a new debut. But this Easter weekend, there will be two new flavours available. One is of course, a carrot cake doughnut topped with a cream cheese glaze, and the other is known as the Doughnut Nest-a French cruller “nest” with a cream-filled doughnut hole “egg” in the centre.

Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour
Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour
Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour

The Fragile Flour

Wednesday, April 5 through Easter Sunday
East Village
For stellar vegan desserts this holiday, head to The Fragile Flour, a plant-based bakery and dessert wine bar. They’re known for going all out for each holiday with a variety of new pastry options that you can pair perfectly with a glass of wine. This Easter, they’ll have a whole dessert menu that’s both delicious and gorgeous for posting on IG. The menu includes Stuffed Carrot Cake Cookies, a Lemon Cake (whole or by the slice), some festive cupcakes, and specialty macarons.

Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate
Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate
Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate

Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate

Through mid April
Midtown
For a luxurious take on Easter chocolates, browse the selections available at Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate. You can even pick the Easter Signature Chef’s Selection for a special box curated by award-winning chefs. For something other than chocolate, choose between the Carrot Cake Macarons or the cake flavored Easter Marshmallow Trio, both of which are almost too cute to eat.

La Churreria

Throughout April
Nolita
This churro-centric spot is putting the cutest Easter spin on their crispy cinnamon churros by twisting them up into bunnies and bunny ears. At Churreria, choose from a Bunny Churro Lollipop topped with your choice of chocolate or dulce de leche and sprinkles, or the bunny ear churros in the Ube and Matcha ice cream sundae or the Ube Milkshake, both of which are made with ice cream from il laboratorio del gelato.

Photo by Briana Balducci
Photo by Briana Balducci
Photo by Briana Balducci

Lafayette

Throughout April
NoHo
You’ve surely seen this croissant tons of times while scrolling through IG or TikTok, whether it’s the Pain au Chocolat one or the latest of the month. Known as Supr√™mes, these filled croissants went viral and continue to live up to the hype each time a new flavour comes out. April’s flavour-sour cherry amaretto with a Luxardo custard and toasted almonds. While you’ll have to be super early and wait in line during one of their three drops of the day to get a taste, we promise you it’ll be worth it.

Photo courtesy of Levain
Photo courtesy of Levain
Photo courtesy of Levain

Levain

Seasonal
Various locations
We all know the iconic cookies from Levain-they’re gigantic, perfectly crispy and chewy, and well worth the long lines. For spring, the shop is launching a new flavour: Caramel Coconut Chocolate Chip. Filled with gooey caramel chips, fresh shredded coconut, and melty dark chocolate, it’s one you’ve got to try while it’s still around. To further celebrate the new season, all of Levain’s storefronts will be decked out in spring floral displays, serving as the perfect backdrop for pictures.

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Alaina Cintron is an Editorial Assistant at Thrillist. Her work can also be found in Westchester Magazine, Girls’ Life, and Spoon University. When she’s not at her desk typing away, you can find her exploring a local coffee shop or baking a new recipe.

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