Food and Culture Walking Tour
The Meatpacking District & Highline
NYC’s indoor Food Market & the famous Highline – a park in the sky
Tour NYC’s urban (indoor) Chelsea Food Market. Become a market insider and experience the sights, sounds & flavors of this 119-year-old historic landmark building, which is the birthplace of the Oreo Cookie!
Learn the history of the Chelsea Market, view original artwork and sculptures, and learn how the Market has become the ultimate indoor food paradise (while tasting your way through). Pop into the newest food hall contender, The Gansevoort Market, to try the latest culinary trend that is making mouths water all across NYC.
Step outside and stroll on “THE HIGHLINE,” NYC’s elevated outdoor park, for great views of the Hudson River. Wander through THE MEATPACKING DISTRICT – a trendy nightlife destination!
$54 / per
FOOD TASTINGS SERVED
This tour includes 7 on-the-go tastings and 1 seated tasting.
Tastings may change based on availability.
All Food Tastings
One Bottle of Water
A Charming Tour Guide
Our Insiders Guide
In the early 19th century, the meatpacking district was a blue-collar area nicknamed after the butchers who were preparing cuts of meat for NYC’s restaurants. The area would wind down early and a seedy nightlife element would take over, making it infamous for drugs and sex. This peaked in the 80’s and finally faded away when Irwin Cohen bought an entire block to turn it into a gourmet food wholesale and retail market – Chelsea Market. Mayor Rudy Giuliani also played a role in the cleanup and this area has now has morphed into one of the “hippest” places to visit in NYC. Chelsea Market is the former National Biscuit Company where the famous Oreo cookie was invented and produced.
Looking for the perfect day in the Meatpacking District? Start by joining us for a food tour of Chelsea Market – the iconic indoor food hall, shopping mall, office space, television production facility, and art gallery! With over 35 food vendors, selling anything from soup to nuts to tahini to pickled horseradish, you’ll certainly find some tantalizing and unique treats. We’ll explain the colorful history of the Meatpacking and show you the cobbled streets that are now lined with posh boutiques, trendy restaurants and the hottest, most exclusive nightclubs in NYC. Where non-famous butchers used to carve their craft in meat lockers, you’ll now find celebrity chefs. We’ll visit the gorgeous High Line – NYC’s only elevated outdoor park.
At night the Meatpacking District transforms into a high-end hotspot of excitement and intrigue.
The High Line
The High Line is a 1.45-mile-long New York City linear park built in Manhattan on an elevated section of a disused New York Central Railroad spur. Gorgeous views of the Hudson River.
Plunge at Hotel Gansevoort
18 Ninth Ave
The venue offers a lush escape, both day & night, to take in the 360-degree views of the Manhattan skyline and Hudson River while enjoying unique cocktails and light fare.
The Standard Biergarten
848 Washington at 13th Street
Tucked under the trestles of the High Line, it’s a bustling, street-level beer garden serving traditional German fare.
Now that you have booked your food tour (or almost have!), you may need a place to rest after the tour to sleep away your food coma. Here are a few recommendations within steps from your tour.
A showstopper. The ultimate penthouse party, something every NYC visitor and local should experience at least once.
355 W 16th St / 212-229-2559
A chic retreat from the urban metropolis that surrounds it. Go to the roof for amazing 360 degree views.
18 9th Ave / 212-206-6700
This nautical-themed hotel’s distinctive porthole windows overlook nearby art galleries, Chelsea Market and the High Line elevated urban park.
363 W 16th St / 212-242-4300
This area has no dearth of amazing restaurants. After all, it began as a butcher haven and has evolved into top-notch cuisine and beautiful spaces.
One of the oldest steakhouses has been serving perfectly grilled steaks since 1868. Amazing steak in the meatpacking? Match made in heaven.
56 9th Ave/ 212-242-9040/
A chic clientele samples steak & scenery in this sleek Meatpacking District setup with a roof deck.
26 Little West 12th Street/ 646-624-2444
Huge, lavishly decorated restaurant offering a menu of Asian dishes & cocktails.
75 9th Ave
Allow us to take the stress out of one thing all New Yorkers find frustrating: Parking!
Parking Panda allows you to reserve your parking spot IN ADVANCE, so there’s nothing to do the morning of your tour arrive. You can check out real-time availability right now:
Here are a few other parking garages in the neighborhood.
Icon Parking Systems
385 W. 15th St (at corner of 9th and 15th) 212-929-8164 $45-$60
MPG MP 17
450 West 17th (between 9th and 10th) 212-842-8399 $24-$50