As if the Meatpacking District didn’t have enough awesome options for dining out (including Chelsea Market & the High Line), the former food desert is now home to its own, new 7,500 square foot concessions court, called Gansevoort Street Market. Located in a landmarked building between Greenwich and Washington Streets, it’s largely similar to the spate of luxe food halls that have come before it, such as Hudson Eats in Battery Park City, Gotham West Market in Hell’s Kitchen, and Berg’n in Brooklyn. More than 20 vendors will soon pack the space; some with dedicated seating and others sharing communal tables, with a number of stalls providing coffee and breakfast items in the morning, and a few offering beer and wine (perfect for sipping while listening to local DJ’s) until late at night. So from sushi to pulled pork to brioche-muffin hybrids, here’s what you’ll want to eat at the just-launched Gansevoort Street Market.
Sushi Dojo Express: Although it probably won’t open until next weekend, this fast-casual outpost of David Bouhadana’s beloved East Village sushi spot is the market’s most eagerly anticipated addition. Already offering some of the best prices on top notch sushi in town, expect even more affordable rolls at this tiny to-go stall, such as Yellowtail, King Salmon, and Fatty Tuna with scallions.
Tacombi Taqueria: 7,500+ feet of real estate means there’s more than enough room for Tacombi to park one of their signature, converted VW buses. Expect them to serve all of the fun, Mexican street eats popularized at their hopping Nolita location, including Corn Esquites, Crispy Fish Tacos, Chips and Guacamole, and refreshing Aguas Frescas.
The Pig Guy: Known for catering open-air pig roasts all around the city, this pork-centric eatery is taking their act indoors, serving slaw-topped Pulled Pork Sandwiches, barbecue friendly sides, such as Mac and Cheese and Potato Salad, and something enigmatically labeled the “Pig Face Tanker.” We’re officially intrigued.
The Bruffin Café: Berg’n provided a landing pad for one of Smorgasburg’s buzziest food mashups, the Ramen Burger, and Gansevoort Street Market is now home to another; the Bruffin. Yes, it’s a flaky, buttery brioche married to a crumbly, cakey muffin, and stuffed with a number of sweet or savory, internationally-inspired ingredients. Think a “Canadian” Bruffin, filled with maple bacon and sharp cheddar, a “Morrocan” Bruffin with marguez sausage and ratatouille tagine, and a “Swedish” Bruffin, concealing salty wads of salmon, herbed goat cheese, capers and spinach. The Bruffin Cafe’s got a new and exciting breed of pastry you’ll want to sample for yourself.
Organic Gemini: This Brooklyn-based business will be offering one item and one item only at Gansevoort; sweet, spicy and highly authentic Horchata, made with tigernuts instead of rice. These creamy, healthy tubers are combined with triple-filtered water in Organic Gemini’s “Unsweetened” version, and syrupy medjool dates in their “Original” take on the drink, along with a hit of caffeine in the 48-hour brewed “Coffee” and cinnamon-scented “Chai.”
Donostia: Seamus Mullen does tapas for Gotham West Market, and it appears that Donostia, a tasty, new Basque charmer in the East Village, has Gansevoort covered on the Spanish small bites front. Look for an array of traditional pintxos, such as Tortilla Espanola, bocadillos, little sandwiches filled with white asparagus and romesco, charcuteria, including hand-carved Iberico Ham, and conservas (tinned seafood,) like Boquerones, Spanish Cockles, and Galician Clams.