Popular NYC Meatpacking District restaurants are numerous, located in one of the most fashionable neighborhoods in New York City. Once filled with butchers and meat packers it has been completely transformed with markets, private clubs and upscale restaurants. Check out some of these meatpacking district restaurants for starters and get a reservation ahead as there are many that frequent their favorite haunts.

  1. Los Dados has authentic Mexican cuisine. Ground cornmeal is the base for homemade tacos and tortillas, quesadillas and antojitos. Some tasty meals are the mole pipian or pumpkinseed sauce over chicken enchiladas and generous size tacos filled with a special goat meat filling. They are open seven days a week and serve brunch, lunch and dinner. 73 GansevoortSt., New York, NY 10014; 646-810-7290.
  2. Fig and Olive. Carefully prepared cuisine from Italy, Spain and southern France. Specializing in a variety of the finest olive oils, coupled with authentic Mediterranean entrees. Delicious appetizers like figs and prosciutto on homemade crispy bread slices and signature salads are a few delectable’s to enjoy after a day of shopping. 420 W. 13th St., New York, NY 10014; 212-924-1200
  3. El Faro Restaurant. The white sauce and paella are to die for at this trendy Spanish restaurant. This is an absolute must place to go for lunch or dinner in the meat packing district of New York. There is an old world charm in the atmosphere and in their friendly service. Many boast that the value is tops. 823 Greenwich St., New York, NY 10014; 212-400-6699.
  4. Colicchio and Sons. Customers come for the lamb and squab prepared artfully and arranged in a chef-spectacular fashion. The condensed atmosphere allows you and your friends to be heard, clearly. Indulge in the roasted duck, ginger polenta with pomegranate and black garlic. 85 10th Ave. New York, NY 10011; 212-400-6699.
  5. Pastis. A French Parisian dining experience filled with the finest cuisine of France. One of the long-standing restaurants in the meat packing district. The original owners gambled on their vintage idea of eateries in this unpopular New York area and ended up winning big-time. 9 9th Ave., New York, NY 10014; 212-929-4844
  6. Standard Grill. So much about this restaurant screams five plus stars. The dining room is regal and elegant and the service is impeccable. Salivate for the Lobster Thermidor topped with wild and tasty mushrooms. Save room for the pastry chef’s unique creations with a large selection of dessert wines. Try the Baked Alaska, raspberry sorbet and honey lavender ice cream, topped with toasted meringue. Can you imagine? 846 Washington St., New York, NY 10014; 212-645-4646.
  7. Merkato 55. Have a hankering for African/Moroccan cuisine? Oh my, how fine this restaurant is--exquisite and flavorful Ethiopian food that is eye-pleasing, satisfying and healthy. Located in the central region of the meatpacking district, the epicenter of contemporary night life and great food. 55 GansevoortSt., New York, NY 10014; 212-255-8555.
  8. Scarpetta is an upscale Italian restaurant in the meat packing district. Great place to wine and dine someone special before taking in your favorite jazz club. Many rave about their delicious bread basket and the duck liver ravioli. 355 W. 14th St., New York, NY 10014; 212-691-0555.
  9. Valbella NYC Restaurant. How about some mouth-watering antipasti like shaved Parmigiano cheese over shredded arugula and thinly sliced medium rare filet mignon? They offer five exquisite dining rooms for your private parties, each can accommodate up to 80 people. 421 West 13th Street, New York, NY , 212-645-7777.
  10. Abe and Arthur’s. Primarily French cuisine and American appetizers. A popular place for steak the way you want it and fresh seafood prepared several ways. An appealing contemporary space with an elegant and spacious dining room and high ceilings adjacent to a long, slinky bar. 409 W. 14th Ave., New York, NY 10014, 646-289-3930.