Best Eats Near the Whitney Museum

Where to eat close to the museum's new Downtown location
March 15, 2017
by Zagat Staff

Nestled between the High Line and the Hudson River, The Whitney Museum's new Meatpacking District locale puts it right in the middle of a booming culinary scene.  Here are the top post-exhibition eats.   

Cull & Pistol Oyster Bar
Seafood · Chelsea · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.0

A “welcome respite from the craziness of Chelsea Market” , this “lively” Lobster Place offshoot offers the same “amazingly fresh catches” (including “pristine” oysters) turned into “creative” , “well-crafted” dishes; the narrow space makes for “sardine” -like conditions, but the happy hour “can’t be beat.”
The Standard Grill
American · Meatpacking District · $$$
Food 4.0 · Decor 4.0 · Service 3.9

A “happening” crowd collects at this “festive” scene in the Meatpacking's Standard Hotel, drawn by its “reliably good” American bites, “fun people-watching” and front cafe “pickup scene” ; still, “deafening” decibels and “shoulder-to-shoulder” crowds lead some to dub it a “place more to be seen than fed.”
Italian · West Village · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.1

The “rewards” are many at Jonathan Waxman’s West Village Italian, from the “simple” yet “delicious” menu starring his “legendary” roast chicken to the “vibrant” garage/urban setting; the “scene-oriented” crowd’s “punishing” acoustics are eased in warm weather “when the doors are up.”
American · Meatpacking District · $$
Food 4.0 · Decor 3.5 · Service 3.7

“Put your diet aside” for “hearty portions of comfort classics” at these “down-to-earth” Americans, home to “breakfast all day” and “mayhem” at brunch; the longtime TriBeCa original serves round-the-clock on weekends, while its Meatpacking sib is “convenient to the High Line and the Whitney Museum” , making it a “welcome stop” for “tourists.”
Italian · Meatpacking District · $$$
Food 4.1 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.0

Like “summer on Capri” , this “hot hot hot” Meatpacking Italian from the Torrisi team “evokes an island off Italy” with its “breezy atmosphere” , “flavorful” seafood-focused menu and “sexy drinks” ; “enchanting” Murano chandeliers decorate the glass-walled setting, where “tight” seating and “loud” conditions carry over to the popular brunch.
Fig & Olive
Mediterranean · Meatpacking District · $$$
Food 4.1 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.0

“Accessible” meals built around “well-crafted” small plates and “eye-opening” olive oil tastings ensure a “constant hum” at these “easy-on-the-eyes” Mediterraneans; the Eastsiders are “handy” for a “biz lunch” or a “respite from shopping” while the “airy” Meatpacking outpost creates a “happening” “scene” near the Whitney.
American · Meatpacking District · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.1

Danny Meyer’s “sophisticated” New American in the Whitney Museum offers an “interesting” menu of “well-crafted” “farm-to-fork” bites in “arty” presentations befitting the location; the “airy” windowed space has an “unhurried” atmosphere, while outdoor seats make you feel part of the Meatpacking “scene.”
Italian · West Village · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.1

“Exceptional pastas” come out of the “tiniest of open kitchens” at this “energetic” West Village Italian, where a “fun” chef’s counter gives “lucky” diners a glimpse of the “show” ; “small” dimensions result in waits, but you can always pass the time in its adjacent wine bar, Anfora.
The Spotted Pig
Gastropub · West Village · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.9 · Service 3.9

A certified “hot spot” , this West Village gastropub is a “proven winner” where nightly “throngs” convene for April Bloomfield’s “mouthwatering” Modern European chow (including a “killer” burger) and sporadic “celeb sightings” ; too bad the “tight quarters” are always “jammed” and the no-reservations policy makes for “really long waits.”
La Sirena
Italian · Chelsea · $$$
Food 4.1 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.0

A “hit” from the Batali-Bastianich team, this “high-end” hot spot in Chelsea’s Maritime Hotel delivers a “refined Italian” menu led by “first-rate” pastas; the “gorgeous” layout includes a sprawling patio and “huge, airy bar” that mixes “ambitious” cocktails and hosts a “happening” scene.
Del Posto
Italian · Chelsea · $$$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.6 · Service 4.6

“Hard to top” , this “magnifico” Chelsea Italian showcases “magic” with “inspired” cuisine and an “extraordinary” wine list in a “glamour palace” setting where “gracious” servers leave you “feeling totally pampered” ; just expect to “spend a whopping amount” , or try the lunch prix fixe for “a true bargain.”
Japanese · Chelsea · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.4

“Sushi master” Masaharu Morimoto’s “Iron Chef–quality” omakase and other “unbelievably good” Japanese dishes are served in a “striking” , ultramodern setting at this West Chelsea destination; it’s true, you’ll “pay handsomely” , but when you need “to impress” , this is “as good as it gets.”