Good Gotham

Good Gotham

Lunchtime at Gotham West Market

It is not such an easy task, giving yourself the chore of visiting every food hall in New York City. Much more now than a passing trend, the food hall scene here has taken on a life of its own. These diverse market-eateries, full of urban ambience, are now in key areas of the  city, offering virtually every imaginable cuisine, in easily affordable, time-efficient ways, making them perfect venues for the busy traveler wanting to take in a quick meal before an event or a show. Having already visited Eataly (one of the prettiest, and the priciest) and Urbanspace Vanderbilt (across the street from Grand Central Terminal, and absolutely chaotic at lunchtime, but, if you’re lucky, Amali Mour, the Greek gyro spot, is still offering complimentary glasses of wine while you wait for your order), I thought today was the day to go west—far west—to Gotham West Market, which, at 11th Avenue, is practically in the Hudson River. I was pleasantly surprised when I arrived: Although the rustic space was well-trafficked, it felt less like a mob scene than the other two food halls I’ve been to, and the floor was easy to navigate. With only ten vendors to choose from, decisions were not agony, either: My friend and I chose Indie Fresh, among choices that included Spanish tapas (El Colmado), ramen noodles (Ivan Ramen), Mexican (Choza Taqueria) and others. My friend opted it for a generous serving of turkey and black bean chili: for me, it was a slightly spicy, lean wild bison burger on a mushroom and lettuce salad. As in most of these halls, you can chose either communal or counter seating, and beer and wine is also available. Two other cool things to note about this venue: a VIP room, with comfy couches and a true urban cool vibe, is available for rentals for parties, and a bicycle shop and porter is attached to the building.

This place has definitely got a good gotham thing going on.

» Gotham West Market, 600 11th Ave., 212.582.7940