Weekend Getaways

New York City Tour: Chelsea

High LineCredit : Mariah Tyler

1 High Line

New York City

At the south end of the High Line, an abandoned 1930’s elevated freight rail track turned 21st-century park, The Standard, High Line is situated on massive concrete piers, boldly straddling this most extraordinary public space. All along its 1-mile path (the third and final section between West 30th and West 34th Streets will open in late 2014), the High Line has become a magnet for innovative architecture; The Standard has been joined by the new home of the Whitney Museum, designed by Renzo Piano, and experimental architect Neil Denari’s gravity-defying apartment tower rises a few blocks north. Between the speckled concrete walkways and benches by James Corner Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro, planting designer Piet Oudolf is inserting a somewhat aestheticized version of the urban meadow that had previously grown undisturbed on the tracks, with clusters of flowering perennials, wetland grasses, and occasional wooded patches. “To walk on the High Line,â€

2 Morimoto, New York

Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto brings superb Japanese and Asian fusion cuisine to the Chelsea neighborhood with his trendy restaurant Morimoto. The sleekness and simplicity of the decor is reminescent of traditional Japanese homes but with modern touches: a large water bottle wall, canvas ceilings and translucent partitions. Maintain tradition by enjoying Morimoto's sashimi—cubes of hamachi, salmon, eel and seared toro—or embrace the modern and try the tuna pizza (bluefin with anchovy aioli) or the yellowtail pastrami (togarashi, creme fraiche and candied olive). Either way, your meal is sure to be a sensation.

3 Cookshop

This inviting Chelsea eatery, owned by Marc Meyer, Chris Paraskevaides, and Vicki Freeman, serves a menu of American- and Mediterranean-influenced comfort food. The dishes are reflective of chef Meyer’s appreciation of sustainable ingredients, local produce, and humanely-raised meats. Diners can enjoy such dinner selections as rigatoni pasta with chanterelles and spit roasted all-natural chicken with sweet potatoes and brussels sprouts. The restaurant creates a welcoming, home-like atmosphere with large glass windows, red leather banquettes, and simple artwork adorning the walls.

4 Printed Matter

Established in 1976, this non-profit is the largest in the world dedicated to the promotion of artist-made publications. Inside the brightly lit space, you’ll find 15,000 titles—plus rare reads.

5 Hôtel Americano

Who would stock a Manhattan mini-bar with a harmonica and furnish a bathroom with denim bathrobes? The answer: cult-favorite Grupo Habita, the inventive Mexican company behind Hotel Boca Chica (It List 2010), in Acapulco. The steel-and-glass aesthetic of the 56-room hotel matches the creative vibe of Chelsea’s burgeoning gallery scene. The High Line is a stone’s throw away; contemporary-art dealer Paul Kasmin has a new annex across the street. Americano frequently hosts exhibition opening after-parties, and the tapas restaurant has become the de facto canteen for the city’s art insiders. While the property could use better door service for 10th Avenue taxi pickups, we love that New York’s of-the-moment neighborhood finally has a stylish hotel to call its own.

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