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10 Things To Do And See In The Meatpacking District
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10 Things To Do And See In The Meatpacking District

Picture of Ashley Jones
Updated: 12 April 2018
People come from all over the world to visit and explore New York City’s past and present, and the Meatpacking District is anything but out of date. The historic neighborhood, once home to roughly 250 slaughterhouses and packing plants, is now the cultural hub of some of the trendiest shops, restaurants, bars, and art Manhattan has to offer. Whether you’re spending a weekend or more, here are the ten can’t-miss stops for this area.
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Iwan Baan, Falcone Flyover, aerial evening view at West 26th Street, looking South | © Courtesy of Friends of the Highline

Iwan Baan, Falcone Flyover, aerial evening view at West 26th Street, looking South | © Courtesy of Friends of the Highline

The High Line

The High Line is arguably the best example of historical preservation in this area. What was at one point a section of the New York Central Railroad, known as the ‘West Side Line’ is now still a method of sight-seeing and transportation for thousands of tourists and residents thanks to the nonprofit group, Friends of the High Line. The railroad-turned-park, which stretches from Gansevoort Street to 34th Street, is an incredible experience allowing visitors aerial views of the city, lawns and benches for relaxation, an escape into beautiful greenery, and some exercise. Perfect during the day and night!

The High Line, New York, NY, USA

 
The Sugar Factory
Brasserie, Restaurant, American, Pastries, Ice Cream, Dessert, $$$
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Milkshake | © Cam Evans/Flickr

Dessert-based goblets and martinis, homemade milkshakes, and chocolate covered pancakes, oh my! This spot appeals to adults and children alike, and is a perfect breakfast stop for the entire family. Under 21? No problem, all of the restaurant’s goblets are available as both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Don’t exactly have a sweet tooth? Enjoy some of The Sugar Factory’s other delectable breakfast, lunch, and dinner specials which cater to both omnivores and vegans. This unique American Brasserie is outdoing Willy Wonka one S’mores Crêpe at a time! Be sure to book reservations a week in advance.
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Mon - Thu:
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Fri:
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Sat:
10:00 am - 2:00 am
Sun:
10:00 am - 12:00 am

Meal service:

Brunch, Dessert, Breakfast, All Day

Atmosphere:

Casual, Family Friendly
 
Bubby's
Ice Cream Parlour, Dessert Shop, American, Pastries, Ice Cream, Dessert, $$$
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Bubby's dessert pies | © [puamelia]/Flickr

Feeling hungry during your New York escapade? Satisfy that hunger at Bubby’s where walk-ins are welcome. Bubby’s is a popular addition to the neighborhood, and the restaurant prides itself on its use of top notch ingredients to create incredibly delicious cuisine. Top off breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner by heading back in time to the roaring ’20s with Bubby’s homemade ice cream, milkshakes, and sodas from their signature Soda Fountain bar. Dare-devils may want to attempt attacking The Kitchen Sink special, complete with 16 scoops of ice cream, multiple syrups and toppings, and a cherry on top for good measure!
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Mon - Thu:
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat:
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sun:
8:00 am - 10:00 pm

Meal service:

All Day

Atmosphere:

Casual, Family Friendly

The Whitney Museum of American Art
Art Museum
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Ed Lederman, The New Whitney | © Courtesy of The Whitney Museum of American Art

The Whitney, founded by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, has always been an important stop along the way for rising American artists. They have Annual and Biennial shows that endeavor to host artists who are new to the scene and to give them a chance to shine. Just a few of the more well known artists represented in their sizeable permanent collection include Edward Hopper, Robert Rauschenberg, and Alexander Calder. They have also put on shows in a different vein, perhaps most famously the 1976 exhibition of live bodybuilders, which included former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
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Mon:
10:30 am - 6:00 pm
Wed - Thu:
10:30 am - 6:00 pm
Fri - Sat:
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sun:
10:30 am - 6:00 pm

Accessibility & Audience:

Family Friendly

Services & Activities:

Guided Tours

Atmosphere:

Indoors

The Standard Biergarten
Hotel Restaurant, German, $$$
Predominantly known as a successful and popular hotel, The Standard also offers some really cool places to grab a beer and a bite to eat, particularly The Standard Biergarten. In the summer, enjoy the fresh air by taking advantage of the bar’s green and dazzling outdoor beer garden. For the winter, this amazing spot is enclosed in glass, and the plaza right outside is transformed into an ice skating rink. Challenge some friends to an ultimate game of ping-pong, drink great German beers, and chow down on some yummy pretzels and/or sausages all year round!
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Mon - Thu:
4:00 pm - 1:00 am
Fri - Sat:
12:00 pm - 2:00 am
Sun:
12:00 pm - 1:00 am

Meal service:

Lunch, Dinner, Late Night

Atmosphere:

Casual

Milk Studios
Art Gallery
Some really spectacular and unique things happen at Milk Studios. This is definitely a spot to explore for the fashionistas out there. Milk Studios fosters the creative individual, offering their photography studios as a location for galleries, exhibitions, and various other fashion and charitable events. If you’re in the Meatpacking District, there’s bound to be something interesting to check out at Milk Studios. Tickets for public events in the penthouse are typically pretty affordable online and make for a fun and exciting night.
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Mon - Fri:
10:00 am - 6:30 pm
Sat - Sun:
11:00 am - 6:30 pm

Accessibility & Audience:

Adults Only

Services & Activities:

No Smoking

Atmosphere:

Indoors, Photo Opportunity

The Gansevoort Hotel
Spa Hotel, Hotel
The Gansevoort Hotel

The Gansevoort Hotel | Courtesy of The Gansevoort Hotel / Hotels.com

The Gansevoort Hotel is an unbelievably modern and exciting destination, bringing the term ‘chic’ to an entirely new level. The hotel offers their guests access to a rooftop pool and amazing package deals, many of which provide guests with ultimate relaxation spa and massage arrangements, or, quite the contrary, access to some of the hottest and most exclusive clubs in NYC. Already booked your hotel elsewhere? Join the hotel’s guests for dinner at one of the hotel’s two popular restaurants, or for a drink in the hotel’s remarkably vibrant and colorful Provocateur Nightclub (by reservation only).
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Chelsea Market
Market
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Chelsea Market | © Ludovic Bertron/Flickr

It’s impossible to come to New York without doing at least a little bit of shopping. Whether you’re looking to purchase or casually stroll through, this urban shopping mall has everything you’d want to see from groceries to flea markets. Walk through Chelsea Market to experience tons of amazing shops, culturally diverse restaurants, and dessert stops like Artist and Fleas, Beyond Sushi, and Doughnuttery (just to name a few). This is a great place to snap a picture under an archway lit with thousands of white string lights, grab a bite to eat, and/or buy creative knick-knacks and memorabilia.
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Mon - Sat:
7:00 am - 2:00 am
Sun:
8:00 am - 10:00 pm

Accessibility & Audience:

Family Friendly

Services & Activities:

Vintage, Boutique

Atmosphere:

Instagrammable

Gansevoort Market
Bakery, Market, American, $$$
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Hempstead Steak House | © Elvert Barnes/Flickr

Gansevoort Market is a refreshing piece of history still standing and serving almost the same purpose it did in the late 1800s. Though the outside has maintained its old-style industrial look, the inside has been modernized complete with picnic tables and a sunroof that allows beautiful natural light to stream in and illuminate all Gansevoort Market still has to offer. Stop in for a great cup of coffee, enjoy some baked goods from Dana’s Bakery or The Bruffin Café, or stock up on the market’s incredible fresh produce to make your own delicious meal.
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Mon - Sun:
8:00 am - 9:00 pm

Meal service:

All Day

Atmosphere:

Casual

The Tippler
Bar, American, $$$
The Tippler is a super trendy bar attached to Chelsea Market. The bar is highly accessible, no need to be on a list or pay a cover charge to get in here, and the bar’s craft beers and creative cocktails are delicious and affordable. The industrial décor and dim lighting inside provides an incredibly chic, warm, and comfortable atmosphere. Get there early to grab a table with friends; however, it is a pretty intimate bar in which most guests stand, anyway! Finish the night off with some snapshots in the photo booth to make your experience an unforgettable memory. By Ashley Jones After graduating from Carlow University in Pittsburgh this past spring with a B.A. in English and Education, Ashley moved to New York City where she currently works as an editor. She enjoys reading, writing, red velvet cupcakes, and getting hopelessly lost in her adventures around her new city.
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Sun - Thu:
4:00 pm - 1:00 am
Fri - Sat:
4:00 pm - 3:00 am

Meal service:

Dinner, Late Night

Atmosphere:

Casual, Nightlife