02 Sep The MAPPETITE MILE: A LOW POINT AT THE HIGH LINE(R)
With amazing city views from a multitudes of angles, Gotham’s beauty abounds on your stroll along the HIGH LINE. Urban landscape architecture is at its best in this elevated park that stretches from the uber upscale boutiques of the Meatpacking District to the former garages and warehouses of the no-mans-land (at least for now) at the High Line’s present terminus at 30th Street (the third section leading up
to 34th street is under development).
What’s between these two points are a mix of apartment buildings – housing projects to high end homes – and, from 20th to 26th streets, a slew of art galleries. Then there’s the food question – you definitely won’t leave the area hungry with the likes of The Standard Grill, Pastis, Spice Market at the start of the Park by Gansevoort Street and then Colicchio & Sons, Del Posto, Cookshop and Tia Pol, to name a few, along the 10th Avenue corridor. Not hankering for a sit down dine? Then head to the top-notch food court that is Chelsea Market for a varied and affordable eats stroll.
Of the less memorable stops, one sadly stands out as its the the the old Empire Diner – the former all-hours go-to spot for solid comfort fare that was always a good alternative to Florent – that is now called the HIGHLINER. Fortunately they didn’t change the restaurant structure itself – the aluminum and stainless steel hull is classic Americana diner design. Unfortunately, veerything else disappoints: our salad speckled with wilted black gooey greens, a hamburger that oozed grease into its spongy bun and a lobster roll that was a bun loaded with twine-like inedible lobster threads. I never thought a lobster roll could be that bad but, it was.
We voiced our displeasure but our server had no words nor actions for recompense. No surprise from the folks of the COFFEE SHOP where good food and service are not primary concerns amongst the crowds of tourists who flock to the once oh-so-hot scenster spot.
About that lobster roll craving – if you’re lucky the RED HOOK LOBSTER POUND truck awaits you (check ahead on their twitter account to see when and where the trucks make their rounds) on the current end of the HIGH LINE at THE LOT, the seasonal outdoor eats area run by the folks over at COLICCHIO & SONS.