52 Gansevoort Street
Food halls are all the rage these days. The latest entry is located at the foot of the High Line in the Meatpacking District. The 8,000-square-foot Gansevoort Market dates from the mid-1800s when it was the most popular trading post in the country. Partner Manny Del Castill was inspired by markets he saw in Barcelona and Brazil, and the design, organic food, and merchandise at other food halls like Chelsea Market. From lobster rolls at Ed’s Lobster Bar and salted caramel-filled crêpes at Crêpe Sucre to Donostia’s Basque tapaps bar and barbecued pork at Pig Guy NYC, the market features 21 food purveyors that cater to everyone’s taste. Del Castillo actually grew up in Queens with coffee roaster Juan Pablo Martin of Champion Coffee and florist Denise Porcaro of Flower Girl NYC. An elaborate, handcrafted “living wall” vine installation by local sculpture artist Charlie Baker of Baker Structures enwraps the 60-seat sky-lit dining area. The project features 2,000 feet of vines harvested from Long Island, which crawl up the market’s 18-foot exposed brick walls.