The High Line is a disused industrial railway line, now a public park/walkway, running a few storeys above ground. The line went out of use in 1980 with a final dispatch of frozen turkeys, and was only rehabilitated as a park in 2009. It’s a fun escape from the claustrophobic crowds and huge buildings that block out the sky at ground level.
This is a huge indoor market housing tons of food and drink outlets and the odd smart clothing store. Well worth moseying around. (Also Sarabeth’s Bakery is mentioned in Suits as one of Louis Litt’s fave restaurants…)
A brief walk around this bit of Chelsea, or a venture into nearby Meatpacking District or West Village, reveals this to be the Shoreditch of New York. It’s deliberately grungy and edgy, but the rundown industrial buildings house high-end boutiques. Vibe: monied hipster.
This was the only part of New York I’d seen that I could actually envisage living in. Not because I’m a hipster, but because it reminded me of London: low-rise and characterful.
Where to eat in NY
I was too scared to go for the authentic American diner experience, but I did find some lovely restaurants and cafés to fuel all that walking around, so thought I’d share. Most of these are in the Upper West Side area where I was staying (Airbnb all the way!):
- Gulluoglu – Turkish – mulberry molasses bread and Turkish eggs: poached eggs on a bed of yoghurt drizzled with paprika and tomato oil ⭐⭐⭐⭐
- Saffron – Indian – chicken korma with almonds and gooseberries ⭐⭐⭐⭐
- Starbucks – I don’t even like Starbucks but I felt I should. Have a good laugh at the fact they call pain au chocolat ‘chocolate croissant’ – just no ⭐
- Smörgås Chef – Scandinavian ⭐⭐⭐⭐
- Land Thai Kitchen – Thai – sweet duck on green spinach egg noodles with pickled ginger and sweet soy sauce ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
- Treat House – desserts – peppermint marshmallow and a rice crispie ‘treat bite’, chocolate and peanut butter flavoured ⭐⭐⭐
- Serafina – brunch – French toast with fruit and maple syrup ⭐⭐⭐
- Snack EOS – Greek – delicious lemon chicken orzo soup ⭐⭐⭐⭐
- Al Dente (now Pretto) – Italian – tagliolini alla maniera nostra with clams, king prawns, squidlets, squid rings, tomatoes and garlic. And I’ll never complain about super sized portions when it comes to tiramisú ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
That’s all for New York – look out for more America travels soon!