Gansevoort Market, New York

After stomaching quite such an enormous meal the day before at Carnegies Deli, some form of exercise was required and what nicer way to see this marvellous city than to stroll the newly developed High Line walk. The High Line is a converted elevated freight railroad that is now specifically redesigned as a walkway down a stretch of the west coast of the island – a beautiful way to see the city from a different perspective. Conveniently the walk finished in the Meatpacking District, which is an ever growing neighbourhood in the borough of New York City.

The Meatpacking District doesn’t have an unusual name just for show but the origins of the name come from the days when the area was known for its wholesale trade of meat, poultry and dairy. In the 1880’s the area had just two main markets focused around local trade and then just 20 years later over 250 slaughterhouses and packing plants had been developed meaning this district was now industrially fit to service the world with its produce. In the 1960’s the district was hit with a problem internationally – supermarkets and refrigeration, the whole dynamic of meat distribution changed and the area went into decline. This many years later, the area has been gentrified and considered one of the most fashionable parts of the city and it seemed appropriate that the new era of fashionable street food should arise in area so world famous for its history of food trade.

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With this in mind it was an interesting coincidence I found myself stumbling across a new food market recently developed called Gansevoort Market. Founded by owners Jorge de Yarza and Marissa Miller, the food hall houses a collection of over two dozen stands across an 8,000 square-foot plot which could quite well have been the storage space for some of food trade of the past. There is something truly unique about this offering which gives people a space to sit, discover and share whilst enjoying some high quality food. It echo’s an era of traditional food halls which were a large part of American life at baseball games or shopping at the mall but is designed in a way which appeals to culinary excellence. The vendors each get a chance to engage with their customers and this was something I found to be no exception as I was perusing the stalls. I was lucky enough to try a selection of the fantastic offerings:

Dana’s Bakery

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‘Not your ordinary Macaron.’ This is no lie – Dana Loia, the creative force and bakery founder is revolutionising the traditional French Macaron by adding an authentic American twist. My favourite of which was the flavouring of a peanut butter & jelly. Beyond the taste, these delights were stand out on the shelf as it was near impossible to keep your eye off them!

Tacombi

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I’m not sure how traditional it is to sell Tacos out of the back of a VW camper van in Mexico but why do I care – it was marvellous! Prepared every day from scratch these tacos are served up with the freshest ingredients with juices to match. Serving up a diverse range of flavours, this vendor is bringing a real taste of Mexico to the city.

Pig Guy NYC

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Mmmm… Bacon, Mmmm.. Pork sliders… say no more.