The sounds of Little West 12 Street aren’t much this time of day. But this part of the city, West 12th Street, is a crossroads of trends. This is where the High Line begins and a block away is the famed Chelsea Market. This morning you are just walking around and taking in the architectural beauty of the area’s industrial buildings. The history abounds as these buildings that were once the first meat markets in the city. Right now is the time to take in the silence and ambiance. The silence won’t last long.
Chelsea Market is only a handful blocks away, but this is the Meatpacking District, and you need to keep faithful to your neighborhood. The Gansevoort Market offers a historic experience since this industrial building was first a farmers’ market back in 1884 and, quite possibly, one of the first marketplaces in this part of the city. Today, the market offers an abundance of unique eats and shops like Gotham Poke, The French Block, Dana’s Bakery, Heermance Farm Purveyors (organic produce), Mission Ceviche and Popup Florist.
It’s time to take a break from the food and take in the culture that dominates the neighborhood. The centerpiece of the area is the Whitney Museum of American Art. The close second choice is Ground Zero Museum Workshop. Whitney has quickly become one of the most popular art museums in the city. The museum’s vast, elaborate and intricate art exhibits have attracted eyes. Feast yours on exhibits like those of the works of Diane Arbus and Georgia O’Keefe.
Okay, time to get back to food now. For a small neighborhood, there’s a long line of great eats, including Standard Grill, TAO, Buddakan, Sugar Factory, Scarpetta, Spice One and Del Posto, But the best, trendiest and busiest is Catch. The seafood specialists are the brainchild of a former top chef. The place is gigantic with 400 seats spread over three levels. The food is classically prepared with little twists to popular seafood preps like the salmon belly carpaccio and bourbon-miso black cod lettuce wraps.