Best Eats Near the Whitney Museum

Where to eat close to the museum's new Downtown location
March 15, 2017
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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.”
Barbuto
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.”
Bubby's
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.”
Santina
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.
Untitled
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.”
dell'anima
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.”
Morimoto
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.”