The High Line is one of my favourite spaces in New York City, a real shining light of what can be done with unloved, unused urban space. It gives a unique view of the city, not to mention beautiful planting and interesting sculpture. Not to mention some great places either on the High Line or nearby to stop to eat and drink. These are some of my favourites.
Start at the top at 30th Street, and look at what it was like, before heading downtown. If you need some carbs before you go, or just a slice to carry with you, then check out New York Pizza Suprema. Practically an antique, this was established in 1964, so they know a thing or two about pizzas.
Wander along through the beautiful planting, admire the sculpture, sit a while and just admire the view. I particularly liked the High Line Zoo, which is a new installation this summer. Apparently it glows in the dark, and has a soundtrack as well, but catch it quick between 27th and 28th Street. If that puts you in mind for some protein, you could hop off at West 23rd and head to the New York Burger Co. You may just need a snack, so try the mini burgers. Mine’s a Tribeca, please.
For something a bit more sophisticated, then come off at 20th Street, and try Cookshop. If you’re walking early, then their breakfast sounds great, not to mention the addition of some great breakfast cocktails, just to add a bit of zip to the rest of your walk. I haven’t eaten here, but will do next time as the menu, and philosophy is great.
Back to pizza and head down the stairs near the 10th Avenue Square for a pie at Artichoke Basille’s. Another NYC institution, you can get take out from here and go back and sit on the setps and watch the world go by on 10th Avenue.
Around West 15th you can stay on the High Line itself and get fed and watered. Really great coffee on offer from Blue Bottle Coffee, not to mention some great biscuits, like their olive oil or parmesan shortbreads. Popular area with kids, big and small, as there is running water to play in here. If it’s hot, then try People’s Pops.
When you get to the end, then you could head to the Standard Grill. Or do what we did and head to Chelsea Market. Want something amazing? Then go for lobster at The Lobster Place. Last week they were US$14.95 a pound and flying out the door. Good food, simply cooked, completely fresh. Plenty of places to choose for dessert, from Fat Witch Bakery to Jacques Torres Chocolate. Perfect end to what will have been one incredible walk.