New York adds new micro-neighborhoods to our lexicon all the time, but not all of them make an impression on the city’s food scene. That’s not the case for Manhattan West, a relatively new development that’s host to an array of restaurants. Located between 31st and 33rd Streets and 9th and 10th Avenues, Manhattan West has a lot to like for both residents and visitors to the city. It’s a shopping destination, meet-up spot, and will soon be connected to the High Line for even easier sightseeing. But best of all, it’s a hub of dining options, making it a great spot to grab a quick bite or spend a whole day. Here are some of the best ways to enjoy dining at Manhattan West this winter:
Enjoy a pre-show meetup at a European-inspired concept
With close proximity to Times Square, Madison Square Garden, and a hub of entertainment options, Manhattan West’s location makes it a great place to grab a pre- or post-show meal. For a touch of Spanish and Mediterranean luxury to go with your night out, stop by Casa Dani. The restaurant is the creation of Michelin-starred Chef Dani García, featuring entrees focused on fresh seafood, tapas and mezzes, and even a wild red tuna and Ibérico pork trolley. Or, if you’re just looking to sip some inspired cocktails, head over to Chez Zou, a lushly decorated lounge with just the right energy for winding down a long night.
Transport yourself to warmer climates with cozy cuisine
You could shell out for plane tickets to avoid the doldrums of winter, but Manhattan West offers an easier solution: Book a staycation at the Pendry Manhattan West and enjoy skyline views of Manhattan, sophisticated rooms, and yes, fireplaces. Mediterranean food at Zou Zou’s will take care of the winter blues, thanks to its open-concept kitchen and wood-fired hearth. For another taste of warm-weather cuisine, there’s Ci Siamo. The live-fire cooking, house-made pastas, and extensive Italian wine list will make it that much cozier during the worst of NYC’s cold snaps.
Embrace the winter vibes on the ice and at the coffee shop
Instead of counting down ’til the end of winter, make the season count by celebrating all the best cold-weather activities. First, pop into the NHL Shop, the hockey league’s flagship Manhattan store, to check out its collection of memorabilia and grab a customized jersey to rep your favorite team. Take that new look out to The Rink for some skate time (or maybe a lesson, if you need some tips). Warming up afterwards is easy: Manhattan West is a coffee-lover’s paradise. Black Fox Coffee is nearby and serving up cups made from freshly-roasted beans, plus there’s The Midnight Cafe, the first floor of Hidden Leaf that’s attached to Midnight Theater. They’ve got a full lineup of warm drinks, including cocktails, for the winter season.
Take an all-day food tour
Traveling around to NYC’s many food options is great in the summertime. In the winter? Not so much. Luckily there’s Citizens New York, a 40,000-square foot immersive culinary destination that makes it possible to spend an entire day sampling and snacking. Featuring nine separate kiosks that center around Japanese food (Sa’ Moto and Katsuya), fried chicken (Sam’s Crispy Chicken), vegan food (Plant Nation), and more, there’s a massive selection of dishes to try. Add in baked goods from Cindy Lou’s Cookies and EllaMia, a central bar that serves cocktails into the evening, and even more options at S Bar — you’re guaranteed to find something to enjoy.
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