Best restaurants in Meatpacking

Not so long ago, the trendiest thing worn in the meatpacking district was a blood-stained apron. Now, Gansevoort Market (as the district is officially known) is New York’s most fashionable neighborhood, chock full of hip restaurants, exclusive clubs, and paycheck-draining boutiques. Despite the haute onslaught, the neighborhood has managed to retain its blue-collar edge, thanks to the many wholesale meat companies that still operate out of the warehouses between Gansevoort and West 15th Streets. By night, however, the district is transformed, as butchers and meat cutters disappear, and magazine editors, models, and a stream of Sarah Jessica Parker look-alikes take their place.

Catch

(Photo: Gary Landsman)

Restaurants
What do you get when you mix a Top Chef, a sizzling neighborhood, and a restaurant that can seat hundreds at a time? The answer: a madhouse, or more specifically, Catch. Since it opened in 2011, the EMM Group’s globally influenced seafood emporium has been constantly packed, despite competition from nearby restaurants like Buddakan, STK, Spice Market, and Pastis. Catch’s secret (if you can call anything this popular a secret) is its 14, 000-square-foot space, its large-format plates, and its ability to attract celebrities like Brad Pitt and Lindsay Lohan while leaving room for us non-VIPs as well. Reserve well in advance.

Jeffrey New York

(Photo: Courtesy of Jeffrey New York)

Shopping
West 14th Street, the meatpacking district’s main artery, has turned into a Rodeo Drive of sorts, albeit one surrounded by animal carcasses. A stroll down West 14th Street between Ninth and Tenth Avenues takes one past the New York outposts of such familiar fashion labels as Alexander McQueen, Moschino, Diane Von Furstenberg, Yigal Azrouël, Matthew Williamson, Jeffrey New York, and Carlos Miele. Bring your plastic.

The Swiss furniture company Vitra treats its 12, 000-square-foot showroom on Ninth Avenue like a museum, simply displaying high-concept furniture in an ultra-modern space by architect Linda Roy. Furniture-philes can easily lose hours drooling over cutting-edge pieces from the likes of legendary designers Ray and Charles Eames, Frank Gehry, Philippe Starck, and Isamu Noguchi.

Provocateur at the Gansevoort Hotel

(Photo: Melissa Hom)

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