Just when you thought under your college dorm room's couch cushions was the only place you could find ramen, and hot dogs, and burgers, AND breakfast sandwiches, in strolls Gotham West Market: a totally next-level gathering of said foodstuffs and more, all from a lineup of some of the city's best eats purveyors. In the interest of being the best men's interest newsletter that has ever existed, we decided to map out all of the awesomeness in 11th Avenue's new food paradise... plus list the go-to dish at each of the vendors. Check it out:
Roadside burgers, big-deal ramen & chili dogs, all under one roof
You'll want a plan of attack... laid out in map form... by us.
1. The Cannibal
Like their Eastside counterpart, this barstand bookended by meat and beer cases is dedicated to the brew-loving carnivore, serving up bacon boards, pastrami lamb breast-for-two, and Cannibal Dogs 2.0, which're served "Tiger Style" -- topped with spicy tripe chili, scallion, and Chinese mustard.
2. Court Street Grocers
There's nothing quite like a well-done reuben, and the folks at BK-based sandwich stand CSG do it up well.
3. Blue Bottle Coffee
If you could eat the smell that hovers around this place (also if you enjoy the smell of coffee), you totally would. But since you can't, grab a coffee and take down the ginger molasses cookie that's perfectly textured by sugar crystals.
5. Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop
This's the first outpost of the famed Ivan Ramen in Tokyo to open stateside (in advance of the LES flagship). While you can get a little more adventurous here with roasted garlic or chili eggplant mazemen, the must-get here is the classic Shoyu with rye noodles. Also: make sure to top it with egg and some extra pork Chashu for a supremely hearty, slurpable bowl.
6. Genuine Roadside
Whenever there's something called the Super Duper Stack Burger on a menu, you order it... especially when it looks like this.
1. Blue Bottle Coffee600 11th Ave, New York
2. The Cannibal600 11th Avenue, New York
3. Court Street Grocers Sandwich Shop600 11th Ave, New York
4. El Colmado600 11th Ave, New York
5. Little Chef600 11th Ave, New York
6. Ivan Ramen600 11th Ave, New York
7. Genuine Roadside600 11th Ave, New York
8. Gotham West Market600 11th Ave, New York
They are serving up fine artisanal coffee from New Orleans and other single origin coffees at Blue Bottle; look to them for all of your caffeinated beverage needs.
Located inside Gotham West Market, The Cannibal offers a menu of market-driven small plates, charcuterie, and cured meats alongside a rotating list of 200 global beers and a selection of bourbons and whiskeys. An offshoot of the original Murray Hill location, the Hell's Kitchen outpost offers the same great menu of items and beverages.
You can find delicious hand-crafted sandwiches like their Beef Shank or Pork Shoulder at this outpost.
Brought to us by Chef Seamus Mullen and the team behind Tertulia, El Colmado is dishing out Spanish-style tapas and even features a full wine bar. We are in love with their oyster happy hour and think that it is one of the best deals in town. Check their website for more information.
If you're looking for a hearty and filling meal, look no further than the Little Chef located at the Gotham West Market.
Famed Chef Ivan Orkin is serving up five different rice and noodle dishes at this storefront Slurp Shop. Although you should try them all (immediately!), it's not all ramen here: don't forget about the breakfast buns, pork meatballs, or roasted beets
Everyone knows the best part of road trips is the diner grub, and Genuine Roadside capitalizes on this shameless indulgence with classic American fare done up with a gourmet twist. Come in for spicy smokehouse burgers, shrimp tacos, and vanilla bean ice cream sandwiches, and -- if you're not driving -- pair your meal with a cold beer or specialty cocktail.
Since Gotham West Market houses nearly a dozen of the city's best vendors -- such as Blue Bottle Coffee, Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop, and Choza Taqueria -- calling it a food court would be doing it a great injustice. This next-level gathering of purveyors in Hell's Kitchen supplies guests with ample cuisine options, and is truly the first of its kind in the city.