NEW YORK, NEW YORK | OUR GUIDE TO MANHATTAN’S MEATPACKING DISTRICT
As New York Fashion Week gets underway we’ve put together a guide to the best places to sleep, eat, drink and dance in our favourite part of the Big Apple – Manhattan’s Meatpacking District.
The Meatpacking District
The popular Meatpacking District is located on the far west side of Manhattan, bordered by Chelsea to the north and the West Village to the south. 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. In the last 20 years, fashion and graphic designers, architects, artists, restaurateurs, world-renowned stylists and corporate headquarters have moved in alongside existing meatpacking plants. This has created an incredibly interesting and diverse dynamic that is fitting, given all of the inherent contrasts of the area.
The Meatpacking District is an epicenter of activity; with a wide range of restaurants and nightlife venues, people seeking quality experiences and atmosphere flock to the neighborhood. Despite all the change, the area retains its character; historically through its architecture and cobblestone streets, and generally, with its eclectic mix of businesses and a nearby community of active residents and visitors from every community in New York City and around the world.
This is a place of evolution, an area constantly in flux, leading the city forward. Amongst the greatest redevelopments in recent history was the establishment of the world-renowned High Line. The High Line’s arrival brought a new amenity to the neighborhood, allowing visitors a birds-eye view as they walk on this “park in the sky” from Gansevoort Street through the Meatpacking District and further north.
SLEEP: Soho House New York
Set in the heart of The Meatpacking District, Soho House New York is two blocks from the High Line Park, Chelsea Market and the Whitney Museum of American Art. The cobblestone streets of the surrounding neighborhood are renowned for high-end shopping, swanky restaurants, and cool bars.
Covering seven floors the private members’ club and hotel offers all the comforts of home with its 24 bedrooms, two bars, one restaurant, a spa, two drawing rooms and a self-serve charcuterie-cum-sweetie buffet. The varied spaces are ideal for anything – from curling up with a book to formal dinner parties. Each bedroom offers a unique combination of luxury and style featuring exposed wooden beams and brick as well as plasma screens and DVD players. In a city where many hotel rooms don’t even have coffee machines, Soho House New York provides everything. From the fully equipped mini-fridge, the cocktail-making kit, and the cookie tin, to the full-sized Cowshed toiletries in the bathroom, nothing has been overlooked. Managing to be busy without being cluttered, the Soho House has got that wonderful well-loved feel that will make visitors feel at home.
The tranquil spa, located on the hotel’s third floor, features a low-lit relaxation room for some well-deserved respite from bustling Manhattan, a sauna, and a eucalyptus steam room.
With an interconnecting drawing room and bar, there’s plenty of space to see or be seen. If the weather’s nice, there’s the rooftop pool and bar. Other spaces include the Vinyl Room, which hosts monthly members events, and the screening room with 44 seats, showing new film releases as well as classics.
EAT: Beauty and Essex
Hidden behind a functioning pawn shop, Beauty & Essex is a true gem on the Lower East Side and widely regarded as one of New York’s most beautiful restaurants. Head inside and past the two-story crystal chandelier and settle in the sumptuous banquet seating for celebrity chef Chris Santos’ signature menu of international small plates along with dry-aged steaks and raw bar offerings. Leave room for the restaurant’s equally decadent desserts.
VISIT: Milk Studios
Some really spectacular and unique things happen at Milk Studios. 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.
DRINK: The Tippler
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.
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