When I first rolled into New York City on a Greyhound from the Martha's
Vineyard ferry terminal back in 1981, I never dreamed I would spend at least
the next 26 years of my life here. I was crashing on the floor of my former
college roommate's studio apartment in the far West Village and I hoped, as
I meandered about those maze-like streets, that downtown Manhattan would someday be my home. After protracted periods of life on the Upper East and West sides, I finally settled in Greenwich Village with my family of five. With an office in Soho, downtown is pretty much my full-time stomping ground.
Mornings are perfect at Balthazar in Soho, where the locals meet for blazing hot coffee, bread, and pastries baked at the Balthazar Bakery next door. Farther west on 12th Street, the new Cafe Cluny has a quiet neighborhood feel and plenty of free newspapers to peruse while ... [more]
Andy Arons, Gourmet Garage
The Meatpacking District
The Meatpacking District is a small area on the west side of Manhattan that runs from the Hudson River to 11th Avenue and includes West 13th, 14th, and 15th Streets; Little West 12th; and Gansevoort--all now a-glitter in fashionable shops and cafés, including Stella McCartney and Alexander McQueen. The area is known for restaurants as well: Florent, the neighborhood’s first love is now replaced by many larger establishments -- Buddakan, Del Posto, Pastis, and Frank’s. The Gansevoort is the chic hotel in the neighborhood--a lovely contrast, or complement to, a rowdy evening of shots and beers at Hogs & Heifers.