The High Line is many things: The 1.45-mile-long freight rail–turned–urban park is a multi-purpose hub of stargazing sessions, opera performances, wildlife tours, Latin dance parties and, yes, plenty of food options. Whether you want something to nosh on while you hang or a restaurant nearby to drop by after your west-side stroll, here's a handy eating tour of the High Line, from start to finish.
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BELOW 14TH STREET
Before entering the High Line on Gansevoort Street, fuel with Tuscan chickpea pancakes, fritto misto and basil Bellinis at Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi and Jeff Zalaznick's jewel box of an Italian restaurant.
While you're on the same block, drop by Michael Anthony's ground-floor restaurant at the Whitney Museum for dessert—pastry chef Miro Uskokovic serves one of the city's best chocolate-chunk cookies, made with fudgy 72 percent dark, 38 percent milk and 31 percent white Guittard chocolate inside a textbook-crisp, sea-salted hull.
Bubby's High Line
Along with everyday brunch—with plates like blueberry sourdough pancakes and biscuit egg sandwiches served until 4pm—and fried-chicken suppers, High Line goers can enjoy bucket list–worthy pie sundaes, a sweet collaboration with Ample Hills Creamery.
The Standard Biergarten
Set beneath the High Line off Little West 12th—the elevated park acts as the bar's "roof"—the street-level beer garden is stocked with picnic tables, Ping-Pong tables and those Bavarian staples, beer and brats.
High Street on Hudson
A block down from the Gansevoort entrance, you can fill up on gorgeous pastries (tahini-fig oatcakes, strawberry-pistachio Linzer cookies) and sandwiches (roast pork with fermented broccoli rabe, a duck meatball sub with Lancaster Amish Swiss) at this NYC sister of the acclaimed Philadelphia original.
WEST 14TH–17TH STREETS
Those planning to picnic whilst on the High Line can stock up on provisions at this 14th Street food hall, with vendors like Luke's Lobster, Big Gay Ice Cream and the Doughnut Project.
Brooklyn Soda Works
Working up a thirst on your walk uptown? Stop by this cart between the 14th and 16th Street entrances for innovative flavors like plum-basil, pineapple-sage and red-currant–shiso.
Blue Bottle Coffee
If it's a caffeine pick-me-up you're after, head to the java nuts' mobile kiosk directly above West 15th Street for espresso or a pour-over (available both single-origin or blend).
L'Arte del Gelato
Combat the summer's high temperatures at this stall offshoot of the brick-and-mortar gelateria, offering scoops like cayenne-spiked chocolate and ricotta with caramelized figs above 15th Street from May through October.
Looking for more of an all-American cool down? The ice-cream–sandwich purveyor doles out flavors like the Lovelet (red velvet cakes with cream-cheese ice cream) and the Morticia (crackly chocolate cookies bookending malted-chocolate-rum ice cream) on the High Line near 15th Street.
Also near the Chelsea Market Passage area of the West 15th Street promenade, you can find the handmade ice pops and shaved ice in seasonal flavors like strawberry-rhubarb and raspberry-basil.
The “boutique” home-made empanadas from Ariel Rodriguez and company come in varieties like coconut-curry chicken, beef with sofrito and spices, and ham and queso (that’d be whole-milk mozzarella and salted ricotta). Find 'em at the West 15th bank of the promenade.
Available near 17th Street and at the Rail Yards at the High Line's end, Fany Gerson's beloved paleta cart serves the Mexican popsicles in summery varieties like fresh coconut, mango-chile and cucumber-lime.
The famed urban food court is home to hummus hot spot Dizengoff, educational wine bar Corkbuzz and tortilla-padding Los Tacos No. 1.
Across the street from Chelsea Market, you can splurge on big-ticket pastas (lasagna layered with pesto and potato; hand-rolled spaghetti with fresh sausage and escarole ragu) at Mario Batali and partner Joe Bastianich's gleaming, glamorous Italian dining room.
ABOVE 17TH STREET
Cap off your day at the High Line with frozen Negronis at the High Line Hotel's light-strung courtyard bar. Supplement the cocktails with Italian small plates like fried artichokes and fontina-filled arancini.
At the tail end of the High Line, you'll find the McKittrick Hotel and its lush rooftop, where you can toast to a day well spent with drinks like the Sleep No More (mezcal, berry shrub and ginger beer) and bar bites (mini lobster rolls, charcuterie boards).