Meatpacking district

Bubby's

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Overview:

Bubby's is a fantastic diner-style concept that started in 1990 as a pie company. They have since expanded to 2 Manhattan locations and several in Japan while remaining a Tribeca institution. The vibe is casual and comfortable with big wooden tables and huge windows. They serve food all day and the space is consistently packed for all meal periods. The food is slightly more sophisticated than your average diner plates but they do all the simple classics extremely well. Their scratch made American menu includes favorites like crispy chicken biscuits, huge market salads, and breakfast all day like fluffy stacked blueberry pancakes, eggs benedict & huevos rancheros. This is comfort food at its finest in a warm space that feels like home. 

Information:

Address120 Hudson St, New York, NY 10013

73 Gansevoort St, New York, NY 10014

Phone  (212) 219-0666

Neighborhood: Tribeca & Meatpacking District

Price: $$-$$$


 

Giovanni Rana Pastificio & Cucina

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Overview:

Giovanni Rana is a full service restaurant located beside Chelsea Market. The interior is a sprawling, rustic dining room with soft lighting and a massive open kitchen. The artisenal Italian menu features a laundry list of antipasti and charcuterie like prosciutto, fried ravioli, and bruschetta. They offer a staggering number of fresh pastas in 15 varieties like squid ink linguine, truffle mushroom girasole, casarecce puttanesca and curry conchiglie. It's basically carb heaven, times ten. The ambiance is perfect for a leisurely romantic dinner or a quick snack of charcuterie and wine while you shop in the area. 

Information:

Address:  75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Phone:  (212) 370-0975

Neighborhood: Chelsea

Price: $$$


 

Black Tap


Overview

The small, casual storefront that was the original Black Tap opened just a few years ago and has rapidly expanded to 4 NYC locations. Restaurants range in size but each is laid back with an impressive coating of graffiti artwork. If you don't know this place you've probably still seen their milkshakes, um, everywhere that media exists and their massive lines at each store. They have over the top, ultra Instagrammable shakes coated with every type of sweet. The real star of the menu, however, are the sandwiches. You can choose from over12 options of creative burger toppings, falafel burger, or an excellent fried chicken. The menu undisputedly offers one of best burgers in New York and the classic is absolutely perfect - juicy & flavorful, topped with perfectly melted cheese, crisp fresh lettuce/tomato, and special sauce. It is undoubtedly worth the wait, and I NEVER say that. 

Information:

Address  529 Broome St, New York, NY 10013

Phone: (917) 639-3089

Neighborhood: Soho, Lower East Side, Midtown, Meatpacking

Website: https://blacktapnyc.com

Price: $$


 

Catch

photo: catchrestaurants.com

photo: catchrestaurants.com


Information:

Address  21 9th Ave, New York, NY 10014

Phone:  (212) 392-5978

Neighborhood: Meatpacking   

Website : http://catchrestaurants.com/catchnyc/

Price: $$$

Attire: Trendy

Good for: seafood, outdoor dining, meeting your next sugar daddy, model watching, groups, birthdays, bachelorettes 

Overview

Catch probably needs no introduction. They have been one of the hottest restaurants in NYC & LA for years and show zero signs of slowing down. The massive trendy space spans 3 floors with a seasonal patio upstairs perfect for looking down on others, figuratively and literally. Contrary to many night life-esqu with all flash and no substance, the food at Catch is actually killer. It's one of the few places in Meatpacking I'll consent to eat. Crazy amounts of variety, wildly fresh, perfectly designed for splitting large amounts of food. I'd point you in the direction of the truffle sashimi, crispy shrimp, lobster mac n' cheese, and any of the sushi rolls. Great for a large group who wants to get loud in a dark, sexy restaurant. This place is like the epicenter of hot as fuck people, dress to impress.


 

La Sirena

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Porchetta Tonnato - Roasted Pork, Tuna Aioli, Shaved Brussel Sprouts & Sunchokes

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ITALIAN EGG - Carbonara Arancini & Soft Boiled Egg

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PINE MARINATED SKIRT STEAK - Duck Egg Brûlée & Sweet Potato Hash

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TORTILLA ESPAÑOLA - Spanish Style Baked Eggs, Chanterelles & Arugula Salad

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CHESTNUT CRESPELLE - Manchego, Membrillo Paste & Fresh Quince

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Amaretti Mascarpone Pancakes - Maple Syrup & Sirena Butter

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Eggs in Purgatory -Two Eggs Poached in Slightly Spicy Thick Tomato Sauce

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Pici Pomodoro with Basilico - Hand-rolled Spaghetti with Tomato & Basil

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Cavatelli with Spare Ribs Leonetta Style - Semolina Pasta with Pork Spare Ribs in Tomato Sauce

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Address: 88 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Phone(212) 977-6096

http://lasirena-nyc.com/

Untitled at the Whitney

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Biscuits

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Fried fish lettuce wrap, radish, tartar

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Snapper, jicama, husk cherries, crispy ginger*

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Maitake flatbread, ricotta, parsley

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Pasta, cherry tomatoes, chilies, collard greens

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Untitled burger, cherry bomb pimento cheese, crispy potatoes

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Chicken, roasted and fried, new potatoes, pole beans

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Scallops

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Arctic char, caraflex cabbage, anchovy, trout roe*

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Fingerling sweet potatoes, garlic aioli, spigarell

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Charred cauliflower, lakemont grapes, sumac, walnuts

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Sunchokes

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Sweet Potatoes

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Address: Whitney Museum, 99 Gansevoort St, New York, NY 10014

Phone(212) 570-3670

www.untitledatthewhitney.com/

The Wild Son

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I completely fell in love with The Wild Son. You can find the recently opened restaurant at the end of Little West 12th in the tiny space that briefly held El Colmado Butcher. The narrow restaurant packs ample seating and yet still feels open and airy. The white washed ceilings, tan wood, and greenery scattered around feels urban-beachy (I just created that design concept, its mine now). The team behind The Wayland & Good Night Sonny have created an effortlessly relaxed atmosphere that still has the chic appeal of the Meatpacking District.

The menu is relatively healthy with lots of grains, salads, and tons of vegetables. The culinary team has done a phenomenal job of making dishes that are good for you but also pack enormous flavor. The grain bowl was a real standout with crispy grains, fried eggs, seasonal vegetables & market greens. I usually fall asleep reading a description like that. However, the dish was heavily seasoned, the knife cuts on the vegetables were gorgeous, and it was hearty enough to satisfy any carnivore. Another stellar dish was their breakfast sandwich with soft scrambled eggs piled high with chopped broccoli rabe and topped with a spicy mayo. This is simple food that is exceptionally comforting without a ton of fuss. There wasn't a single dish I wouldn't love to eat again. Their staff was endlessly kind through hours of nonstop patrons coming & going. I can’t wait to go back. Here’s what we had: 

Green Tartine - avocado, herb yogurt, red onion, pea shoots, fried egg, bacon

 

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Grain & Egg Bowl - crispy fried grains, diced seasonal vegetables, market greens & a sunny egg, green chili sauce

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The Grandma Anna – soft scrambled eggs, broccoli rabe, kale, guancale

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Good Morning Sunshine - over easy egg, crispy pulled bacon, avocado, tomato, rosemary aiol

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Blueberry Corn Waffle- warm honey butter & housemade clabber cream

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 Address: 53 Little W 12th St, New York, NY 10014

Phone(212) 727-7900

Sons & Daughters

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I would imagine that it’s difficult to survive in the space the Sons & Daughters now occupies on 10th Avenue in the Meatpacking District. Many have tried and failed. Being sandwiched between Del Posto, Morimoto, Toro, and Colicchio & Sons means that you need to fight for your life. I visited the newly opened restaurant and feel like this one may actually have a swinging chance.  Chef Jon Bignelli and the bar team hail from Death & Co and Sweetwater Social so they know a thing or two.

The space hasn’t changed drastically from its former iteration, Willow. The long narrow space has high ceilings, an open kitchen, and a sprawling chic bar. There is ample seating in booths, high tops, and on their patio. Cocktails are the star here, so they did right by including so much bar seating. MY particular favorites included tequila, as they often do.

The menu reads like a real mash up of everything you want while boozing. I wouldn’t say that there is one type of cuisine here, it’s a massive mix along the spectrum of cultures and food types. You can have soft pretzels drowning in cheese and giant beautifully fried jalapeno poppers. Feeling a little Italian? They have a charcuterie spread to match that desire. The stand out dish was the insanely flavorful and tender Peruvian chicken with yucca fries. I would return again and again just for this dish. I look forward to it happily. Here’s what we had:

Soft pretzel w/ cheddar

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Jalapeno poppers w/ scallion cream cheese & bacon bits

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Black bass crudo

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Burger w/ American cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickled onion, pickles

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Peruvian chicken w/ fried yucca and green & white sauces

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Address85 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Phone(646) 490-6013

www.sonsanddaughtersnyc.com

Catch

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I generally avoid the Meatpacking district like the plague. I'm too old to wear mini lyrca dresses and care about going to clubs with the bridge & tunnel set. I have less than zero interest in the restaurant-club hybrids that occupy this neighborhood. The food and service are never good because they don't have to be. Catch is absolutely the exception. 

The atmosphere & service leave nothing to be desired. The bar is a great place to people watch. It's full of everything & everyone you want to see. Euros wearing way too much cologne. Bachelorette parties. Wall Street guys and their wannabe wives. My friends & I, 3 drinks deep before our dinner. I'll say this- everyone is young and attractive. The 3 story restaurant is an explosion of energy. Everyone is loudly drinking & eating merrily. The staff flies in and out of the tables continuously refilling drinks and bringing more food. At night it's dark and the music is great. During the day it is open, sunny, and much slower paced. If you're looking for somewhere with a stellar view to sip cocktails as the sun sets, you need not look any further than the rooftop. 

The food is generally meant to share. The menu is broken up into sushi, raw bar, cold & hot items, etc. As the name suggests, the offering are seafood heavy. I can’t recall a time I've ever been unhappy with the food here. It’s beautifully presented & creative. The tartare trio is almost too gorgeous to eat. The truffle sashimi is topped with caviar making it all the things I need in my mouth. The crispy shrimp, which looks hilariously like Cheetos, are breaded to perfection and coated with a sticky-sweet sauce. All of the sushi combos are incredibly innoative and fresh. 

For lunch they have some fantastic light & vegetable forward options in the form of salads. I'll never say no to an avocado toast or lobster roll. Both versions are done to perfection at Catch.  Their burrata and tomato salad is elevated nicely with the addition of roasted peppers and oregano. Lastly, and most important to me, is the macaroni & lobster cream made with mascarpone & breadcrumbs. It is sinfully decadent and creamy. It makes all my cheesy-carby-lobstery dreams come true.  Here's what we had: 

 

Tomatoes w/ burrata, roasted peppers, basil pesto, herbed oregano

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Farro health bowl w/ market veggies, falafel, feta, toasted sesame seeds, egg, and sumac vinaigrette 

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Cucumber-quinoa carpaccio w/ pomegranate seeds, toasted whole grain croutons, spicy yogurt dressing

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Smashed organic avocado toast w/ pomegranate seeds, toasted almonds, roasted tomatoes, poached egg, 7 grain bread

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Tartare Trio salmon, hamachi, tuna, american caviar & wasabi creme fraiche.

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Truffle sashimi w/ tuna, hamachi, chili oil, ponzu, osetra caviar, black truffle

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MRC roll w/ seared tuna, shrimp, ponzu butter

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Roll Trio: 

MRC roll w/ seared tuna, shrimp, ponzu butter

Hellfire roll w/ spicy tuna 2 ways, pear, balsamic

Catch Roll- Crab, salmon, mison honey

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Crispy Shrimp w/  spicy mayo
 

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Macaroni & Lobster Cream mascarpone, breadcrumbs

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Wagyu short rib tacos w/ grilled pineapple, asian pear, ginger aioli

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Lobster rolls

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Assorted sorbets

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Address: 21 9th Ave, New York, NY 10014

Phone:(212) 392-5978

catchrestaurants.com

Mokbar

Mokbar, how I love thee, let me count the ways. First, I get to delight in a stroll through Chelsea Market en route to my dinner. Buy some new jewelry at Artists & Fleas, meander into cheese & seafood shops, dodge a few tourists, and then I am in the alcove of the market where Mokbar resides. Oh, the Korean delicacies that await my mouth. There is a bustling counter space where patrons can sit and watch the team cook up all their meal, which I adore. The owner of the restaurant, Esther Choi, can always be found there. She is small in stature, but a powerhouse in the kitchen. Zagat named her a “Zagat 30 under 30” NYC Culinary Rockstar and she more than lives up to the name.

They specialize in traditional Korean soups with fresh Japanese ramen noodles.  You can choose from brothy or saucy noodles, but obviously I choose both #fatkidproblems. Most of the dishes contain gochujang. Never had it before? It’s a traditional Korean red chili paste made with dried chili peppers, fermented soybeans, & glutinous rice. I highly recommend you go pick some up if you’ve never tried cooking with this wonderfully complex ingredient. It’s definitely available at the market.

Everything that pours out of the tiny kitchen is complex & exciting. I’d like to say that it transports me back to Seoul but this is better than anything I ever ate there (sorry Seoul). Their ho’ cakes might be the best thing I’ve ever put in my mouth (I’m talking to you too, ex boyfriends). They are crispy fried buns with heavenly pork belly filling, served with kimchi pear puree. The bulgogi sliders are crazy flavorful, the wings are meaty and sticky, and everywhere you look…more kimchi! I’ve been here 10 times and I’d go 10 more. Here’s what we had: 

RAMEN Mokbar Classic- pork broth. braised pork. triple seasonal vegetable   Kimchi - kimchi bacon broth. braised pork. stewed kimchi. scallion.   Vegan Miso -kombu shiitake doenjang broth. tofu. triple seasonal vegetable. crispy potato.  Marinated ribeye- Triple seasonal kimchi. Poached egg. Scallion. Spicy Tofu- pork and tofu sauce. spicy garlic paste. minced pork. poached egg. scallion

Halmoni Dumplings- ground pork, zucchini, cabbage, tofu, kimchi, garlic chive relish

Kochi Sticks- Crispy rice cakes. Scallion. Sesame. Mokbar spicy sauce.

Mok Wings - Crispy cornflake fried wings w/ choice of spicy housemade gochujang sauce or mild bulgogi sauce

Bulgogi Sliders- Mini marinated ribeye, mozzarella cheese, ssamjang mayo, cucumber kimchi, brioche bun

 

Address: 75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Phone:(646) 964-5963

mokbar.com