Urbanspace Meatpacking: A First Food Foray

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The pizzas from Roberta's (this one called Speckenwulf) were up to snuff.


The latest addition to the Highline, if we can believe the hype, is a pop-up market called Urbanspace Meatpacking - and can you think of a more unlovely name? Well, maybe "pop-up" isn't the right term, it's more like a "sit here for a while," since, as one of the vendors told us, it will be operating in the blacktop parking lot that it now occupies for at least two months. With its mix of jewelry, fashions, and tchotkes, plus an enhanced presence of food, it's like one of those Christmas markets, without Santa.


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Take out some money before entering.


The market is in the shadow of the Highline, certainly, but getting to the Highline from the market represents something of a tactical difficulty, since no stairway up to the former elevated railroad bed is near. Nevertheless, a friend and I approached the 23 food vendors at the market (out of a total of 80 stalls) with some enthusiasm, since there were ones we liked among them, and others we were curious to try.

Yes, you will find something to love in the eating department, but it's too bad everything is so predictable.


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There will be waffles.


Aren't you a little tired of these pop-up outdoor prepared-food collections? You could almost perfectly predict the mixture of tried-and-true, easy-to-prepare, high-markup viands that are inevitable in this sort of upscale outdoor shopping environment. Lobster roll. Check. Waffles. Check. Hot dogs. Check. Portable Wood-Oven pizza. Check. Ice Cream. Check. Meatballs. Check. Sliders - yes, so many of them that you wonder how someone hasn't told at least one of the vendors that sliders are now hopelessly out of fashion. After you've slid enough - and I have - it's time to say "enuff."


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The seafood bisque from Luke's Red Hook Lobster Pound was exemplary...


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...and so was the ice cream from Steve's.


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The High Line

Washington St., New York, NY

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Starcasm
Starcasm

Wow, must be hard to be the guy who hates everything. This is the best pop up market I've been to in a long time! 

MissTanya
MissTanya

@Francis_Lam @robertsietsema Unlovely name, but much appreciated for those of us working in the hood. Pricey, but less so than Chels Market.

lovemeatpacking
lovemeatpacking

First of all, Luke's Lobster is not even at Meatpacking; Red Hook Lobster Pound is. Secondly, less time hitting on the Sunday Gravy guy, more moments trying the delicious empanadas (La Sonrisa) or sliders (Mighty Balls), would have been time well spent. Hot waffles? Soft serve fruit company? Asia dog? blondies? and the Roberta's honorary Diane von Fungusberg mushrooms and mozarella pizza? OMG there's too much to try; it takes multiple visits. And the reviewer did not mention the almost religious experience of rigatoni with sunday gravy of tomatoes, pork meatballs, and did I taste sausage? It's to die for. Visit meatpacking for shopping, but come with a hungry stomach!!!

thefacts
thefacts

An overly critical review from an author trying to sound like an expert. Can't even get the facts right. Luke's isn't even at this market! 

northernspyfood
northernspyfood

@francis_lam @robertsietsema FWIW, as far as we understand, no connection between Urbanspace Meatpacking & High Line other than proximity.

kylemallory
kylemallory

@Francis_Lam @robertsietsema But damn that pizza looks good. And Speckenwulf? That's a name...

SunnyD
SunnyD

What do you mean that there's no entry to the Highline nearby?!  There are steps one block south at Gansevoort Street.

ForkintheRoadVV
ForkintheRoadVV

@kylemallory Yes it is a very nice pie, and three others are available, all baked in wood

sietsema
sietsema

 @SunnyD Both entrances to the Highline are two blocks away, and around corners, not visible from the market (there should be a sign or something). 

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