Head To Gotham West Market…

Gotham West Market
Gotham West Market

Sunday we hit the ground running.

We had four hours to inhale the essence of the city before the 1pm NY Giants kick off against the Houston Texans.

9am and we dashed through Central Park, window shopped down 5th Avenue and then headed crosstown to indulge in a new marketplace in Hell’s Kitchen at 11th Avenue between 44th and 45th Street.

I remember journeying through Hell’s Kitchen in the ’80’s. It was approaching midnight and it felt like a third world country. My friend was insistent about eating at a seedy Chinese restaurant tucked into the absolutely worse corner of the ‘hood.

Times certainly have changed. Hell’s Kitchen is no longer hellish and it is an interesting area for the Devil to do her due diligence.

Cannibal Restaurant
Cannibal Restaurant

We pushed through the doors and entered a tastefully decorated aromatic food marketplace with a groovy soundtrack, offering tempting dishes in 6 different outposts.

There are a total of 8 premiere artisanal food purveyors plus a top bicycle store which provides an interesting destination for seasoned New Yorkers and visitors.


The spacious interiors, created by acclaimed designers AvroKo, feature indoor and outdoor communal dining, floor-to-ceiling windows and high ceilings.

Luxury rental apartments are located above and behind the market…you don’t even need a kitchen. The complex houses 1,238 units.

Genuine Road-Side
Genuine Roadside

The game plan was to divide and conquer. My husband headed to Genuine Roadside which offered wild caught seafood and fish.

Ahi Tuna Burger
Ahi Tuna Burger

He selected a savory grilled rare Ahi burger with cilantro, pickled daikon cucumbers and ponzu ginger slaw ($13.78). It was not only attractive, but delectable.

Genuine also offers shrimp and fish tacos ($11.94), pulled pork sandwich ($10.11), burgers in the $8 to $10 range, crispy, golden fries ($2.53), fried ($10.56) and grilled chicken sandwich ($8.50), salads, shakes ($6.97), sweets, beer and wine.

Choza Taqueria

My daughter headed to Choza Taqueria for a trifecta of bite size corn tacos. She selected carne asada, shrimp with black beans and fish tacos ($13). Choza is modeled after the roadside stands in Mexico. She was unimpressed and felt the tacos were overpriced.

Shrimp, Carne Asada, Fis Tacos
Shrimp, Carne Asada, Fish Tacos

I stepped completely outside my comfort zone and ordered my first ever Reuben sandwich. I sacrificed my body for the review and was was astonished at how absolutely fab it tasted.

The server called me back to the counter and informed me that they were out of NY rye. She offered white bread and I found that offensive. I asked for back up and she came through with homemade Challah (egg bread).

Court Street Reuben Sandwich
Court Street Grocers Reuben Sandwich

Court Street Grocers Sandwich Shop is the same team behind Brooklyn’s popular Court Street Grocers. The Reuben was slammin’ with house-corned beef brisket, swiss, homemade sauerkraut and comeback sauce ($11).

I could only handle half and brought the leftovers home. I celebrated the NY Giants victory by consuming the other half…life is good.

Court Street Grocers
Court Street Grocers

I continued the quest by approaching a family who had ordered ramen from the slurp shop. The world-renowned ramen expert, Ivan Orkin, has opened his first restaurant outside of Japan.


The Japanese family gave 2 thumbs up to the Tokyo Shoyu Ramen with soy, dashu, pork belly chashu, rye noodle in a chicken broth ($12).

Ivan Ramen also offers slow-cooked pork donburi (Sm $7 and large $12), smoked white fish donburi with salmon roe, sweet soy dashi, cucumber and scallion ($8 and $13), salads and cold drinks.

Breakfast Sandwich at Cannibal
Breakfast Sandwich at Cannibal

Locals sitting next to us indulged in the breakfast sandwiches at Cannibal, an outpost of the cultish East 29th Street original steered by the chef Francis Derby. Cannibal makes do without a full-fledged kitchen.

One of the diners ordered the breakfast sandwich with scrambled eggs and bacon. He said the bacon was stellar. His companion ordered a more refined open faced breakfast sandwich with loosely scrambled eggs, cheese and kale on peasant bread. He said it was incredible.

Kale and Egg Sandwich
Kale and Egg Sandwich

El Comado, chef Seamus Mullen, latest restaurant, is a tapas and wine bar within the Gotham West Market. Unfortunately, we were too full to order from El Comado.

Chef Mullen has an impressive resume. He first rose to national prominence in 2006 with the opening of Boqueria, a highly successful tapas restaurant in New York’s Flatiron District. In 2009, he was one of 3 finalists on the popular Food Network series, The Next Iron Chef.  In 2011, he opened the highly touted, Tertulia, located in the west village.


For dessert, you can round your meal off with ice cream from Jeni’s ice cream.

Blue Bottle
Blue Bottle

I stopped accosting peeps and zeroed in on Blue Bottle coffee. I selected the New Orleans iced chicory coffee with sugar cane and cream ($4). It was strong, smooth and sufficiently fueled me to do battle with the opposing Houston Texans football team.

New Orleans Iced Coffee
New Orleans Iced Coffee

My husband ordered the less milky cappuccino, Gilbraltar ($4). He found it quite enjoyable.

Gilbraltar Coffee
Gilbraltar Blue Bottle Coffee

Replete, we scurried up 11th Avenue and across to Central Park West. We were empowered and ready to do battle on the gridiron.

The food was mostly excellent, the ambiance fun and lively. Staff assists with clean up and the Market recycles.

The New York Giants were victorious. We joyfully filled our bellies…for that moment in time, all was right with the world.

Gotham West Market 600 11th Avenue between 44th and 45th Street. Gothamwestmarket.com.

OPEN Blue Bottle: Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Cannibal: daily, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. El Colmado: daily, noon to 11 p.m. Genuine Roadside: Sunday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Court Street Grocers: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Ivan Ramen: daily, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Reservations not accepted.

Reach Out To Your Peeps and The Market Mails Free
Reach Out To Your Peeps and The Market Mails Free

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