Things to do in the Meatpacking District
This whitewashed, French bistro gets turnt on Thursdays during its Rock ‘N’ Baga event. A DJ spins ’80s and ’90s hits while you munch on truffled chicken and tuna tartare. Hit the dance floor afterward to burn off the grub!
Meatpacking clubgoers can grab late-night burgers at the second location of this wildly popular brunch spot. With robin’s-egg blue ceiling and white brick walls, the homey space serves casual American fare like pit-smoked BBQ, chicken and waffles, and biscuits and grits. A takeout window offers the joint's beloved pies, along with tacos and pulled pork sammies into the wee hours.
New York's elevated park has more to offer than iconic views and gorgeous greenery. During the warmer months, go stargazing, mediate and enjoy free entertainment such as music and dancer performances.
Planted at the foot of the Highline along Ganesvoort Street, the Whitney boasts some 63, 000 square feet of both indoor and outdoor exhibition space. Founded in 1931 by sculptor and art patron Gertrude Vanderbilt, the Whitney is dedicated to presenting the work of American artists. Its collection holds about 15,000 pieces by nearly 2,000 artists, including Alexander Calder, Willem de Kooning, Edward Hopper (the museum holds his entire estate), Jasper Johns, Louise Nevelson, Georgia O’Keeffe and Claes Oldenburg.
This hotel pool setup resembles a Hamptons oasis, which is complete with sand imported from the popular vacation spot as well as private cabanas with flat screen TV's. Day passes start at $65, and did we mention this is the largest pool in NYC? (It’s 4,800-sqare-feet!)
Though Meatpacking mayhem rages around this low-key pub, the Brass Monkey remains the eye of the nightlife storm. The attitude is relaxed, and the decor is simple—just plain wooden chairs and tables. You won’t find any hypersweet cocktails or tarted-up bar snacks, either: There’s a rotating list of 20 drafts (including Hoegaarden, Chimay and Magic Hat), 60 bottled beers, and tavern fare like mussels, burgers and shepherd’s pie.
Art lovers know to hit the Meatpacking District for attractions like the Whitney Museum of Art, but don’t overlook this intimate photo gallery featuring images by Tommy Clarke, Werner Pawlok and more.
Le Bain—the Standard, High Line’s Meatpacking District hot spot—has a lot to offer folks who are looking to get off the ground floor. Sitting by the plunge pool, sipping champagne and hitting up the crêperie are just a few rooftop highlights, but there’s also amazing dance parties like Dance Dance Dance on Wednesday nights, during which you can shake your rump to house music.