Best bar food: Copper Room
55 Little W 12th St
Located inside the Brass Monkey, this Inception-level pub within a bar offers a hefty catalog of beers -- 95 of 'em, to be precise -- alongside top-notch edible treats like brisket sandwiches, three-cheese grilled cheeses, and sweet potato fries. The decor's not bad either, featuring reclaimed factory parts and a mahogany bar taken from the ballroom of the old Puck building.
Best coffee shop: Kobrick Coffee Co.
24 9th Ave
This place has a solid brunch menu (with fresh-baked pastries and avocado toast), alongside expertly roasted coffee blends you can buy by the bag. The coolest part, though, has to be the fact that once the evening rolls around, you have access to an expansive menu of cocktails ranging from the classic to the coffee-infused.
Best comfort food: Bubby's High Line
73 Gansevoort St
Got a hankering for some buttermilk biscuits and brisket French dip, but no time to sit down and eat it? Bubby's has you covered with an array of homemade flavors AND a takeout window, so you can score your delicious haul and get back to your exploration of the High Line -- or whatever else you're up to.
Best steakhouse: Old Homestead Steakhouse
56 9th Avenue
You can't judge a book by its cover, but you can (and should) judge a steakhouse by whether or not it has a giant cow perched above the entrance -- as is the case with Old Homestead. This place has been in the bovine business since 1868, and lays claim to one of the most expensive steaks in NYC: a 12oz cut of authentic Kobe beef that'll set you back a cool $350. So what if you can't make rent this month?
Best Mexican: Dos Caminos
675 Hudson St
In addition to the fresh, table-side guacamole you'd expect from a modern Mexican restaurant, Dos Caminos keeps things interesting with surf & turf tacos, poblano cornbread, and chorizo mac & cheese. You'll also wanna pay close attention to that last one -- and by "pay close attention to," we mean "eat as much as possible of."
Best Italian: Scarpetta
355 W 14th St
We've raved about Scarpetta's classic spaghetti and tomato sauce dish before, but truthfully, you really can't go wrong with any of the pastas at this swanky, modern Italian joint. So what if it's technically just over the Meatpacking District border? Try the foie gras ravioli or the short rib & bone marrow agnolotti, and you'll forget all about the extra 50ft you walked to get here.
Best Thai: Spice Market
403 W 13th St
This place gets its inspiration from Southeast Asian street food, employing classic elements like peanut sauce and mango chutney alongside American dishes (like the crispy chicken biscuit and Gruyere cheese omelet). Pro tip: if you're not getting the Ovaltine kulfi for dessert, you're doing it wrong.
Best escape from NYC: Santina
820 Washington St
If the idea of eating coastal Italian fare off colorful plates in a tropical-themed restaurant doesn't get your jaded NYC motor running, then a single bite of the squash carpaccio definitely will. If that doesn't work, try the grapefruit Italian ice for dessert. If that doesn't work, you should probably get your motor checked because it sounds like it's broken.
Best burger: Bill's Bar & Burger
22 9th Ave
It doesn't get much more classic than American cheese and bacon on a beef patty, bookended by a sesame seed bun, and that's exactly what you'll get at Bill's: a simple burger, done exactly right. The 6oz patty's made from a "custom blend" of meat, ground fresh each day, but beyond that there's not much more to say. Get it. Eat it. Repeat.
1. The Copper Room55 Little W 12th St, New York
2. Kobrick Coffee Co.24 9th Ave, New York
3. Bubby's High Line73 Gansevoort St, New York
4. Old Homestead Steakhouse56 9th Ave, New York
5. Dos Caminos675 Hudson St, New York
6. Scarpetta355 W 14th St, New York
7. Spice Market403 W 13th St, New York
8. Santina820 Washington St, New York
9. Bill's Bar and Burger22 9th Ave, New York
Tucked in the far back corner of the Brass Monkey in the Meatpacking District, this beer bar serves over 30 draft beers, plus top-notch American bar food eats like brisket sandwiches, three-cheese grilled cheeses, and sweet potato fries. The decor is an homage to American industry and features reclaimed factory parts and a mahogany bar salvaged from the ballroom of the old Puck building.
This Meatpacking cafe is the brick-and-mortar iteration of Kobrick's, the wholesale coffee roaster. The all-day spot focuses on coffee, pastries, and sandwiches during the day, but as soon as evening rolls around, it turns into a cocktail bar. The expansive drink menu serves classic mixed drinks and coffee-infused cocktails. Kubrick's has an old-world vibe that evokes the 1920s, which is when the roaster first started selling its beans.
Bubby's is a New York City institution known for its solid American comfort food, especially the eggs, pancakes, and fried chicken served at brunch every day of the week. The original Tribeca location was one of JFK Jr.'s haunts in the 90s and is still buzzing, but the High Line outpost has a larger sit-down dining room and is more geared towards the grab-and-go crowd with an added take-out window. Even though Bubby's brunch is near-famous, it serves a stellar dinner menu featuring burgers, barbecue fare, and breakfast for dinner. Make sure you order the homemade pie for dessert.
A classic, multi-level spot, Old Homestead in the Meatpacking District offers hip takes on old-school steakhouse fare. Originally opened in 1868, OH was one of the first in the States to serve Japanese Kobe beef. It's kept up with the times, adding shareable apps like yellow fin tuna tartare and kobe beef meatballs, as well as premium craft cocktails to its extensive menu of dry-aged prime cuts.
This hip mini-chain from BR Guest Hospitality is doling out modern Mexican eats and killer margaritas in a vibrant and upscale Meatpacking space. The menu features ceviche, tacos, and house specialities like mole short ribs, plus more than 100 tequilas. The small plates-focused sunset menu, which boasts six kinds of guacamole made fresh-to-order, tastes extra worth it on the outdoor patio overlooking Hudson Street.
Scott Conant's Meatpacking Italian is a perpetually hip restaurant that serves knockout pastas to a ritzy crowd. The handmade pasta options range from ravioli to tagliatelle, but the signature dish is the least complicated: spaghetti with tomato and basil, which has a mind-blowing simplicity that keeps people coming back again and again. More than carb specialist, Scarpetta serves a multi-course tasting menu and vegetarian dishes sourced from local farms.
Jean-Georges Vongerichten is behind this perpetually hip Meatpacking restaurant that's inspired by everything Southeast Asia. The always-changing menu serves casual but upscale street food heavy on coconut, mango, and peanuts. The two-level space kind of resembles a resort in Thailand, and the waiters are dressed in loose, Asian-esque robes, so there's that.
From the team behind Dirty French, Torrisi, Carbone, Parm, and ZZ’s Clam Bar, Santina is situated beneath the High Line and is done up to feel like you're at some tiny restaurant on the Italian coast, even though you're in the heart of the Meatpacking District. The space is full of plants, and pastel colors pop from the chandeliers, dishware, and wall art. The food fits the vibe as well -- the menu is almost entirely made up of seafood and vegetables, keeping everything light, fresh, and delicious.
Coming from Stephen Hanson of BR Guest Hospitality (the group behind Atlantic Grill, Blue Water Grill, Dos Caminos, and others), Bill's Bar and Burger is an East Coast chain known for its as-classic-as-it-comes burgers made with a secret blend. Bill's Meatpacking satellite has a '50s diner meets Memphis 'cue joint vibe with its standing counter, neon signs, and tin and dark wood accents. And addition to burgers, guests can also explore an impressive whiskey menu.