Summer Cocktails at Gotham West
August 26, 2016
When Chris Jaskiewicz, the executive in charge of developing Gotham West Market, began to assemble the stellar culinary lineup that went on to become the most innovative food destination in Hell’s Kitchen, he and his team “saw it as almost a renaissance of food as theater,” Jaskiewicz told Bon Appétit. Occupying the ground floor of the Gotham West Apartments, the market is immediately accessible to residents of Gotham West’s luxury rentals in Midtown West throughout the day and night. There is no better place to enjoy a convivial lunch or grab a cooling drink on a summer night than this game-changing space, whose sights, and the geographically diverse beer and wine lists, are as captivating as the food.
The Cannibal, an aptly named restaurant that specializes in nose-to-tail feasts and American charcuterie, is the perfect place to snack on cured meats while sipping one of the 350 kinds of bottled international beers or one of the eight draught options. If you go with friends, the market’s communal tables make it easy to start the night with The Cannibal’s West Side Tour board, featuring a selection of chef-selected meats, cheeses, and pâtés.
From here, you can see Ivan Orkin dishing out noodles at his popular Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop and Akhtar Nawab (of La Esquina fame) creating delicious tacos at Choza Taqueria. You will quickly begin to see why Pete Wells gave the market two coveted stars in his New York Times “Critics’ Pick” review, and if you head over to El Colmado you can experience firsthand why Wells praises how easy it is “to drop in and graze and drink wines from Catalonia or Bierzo and pretend that 11th Avenue is in Spain.” Choose the palomino sherry “Katas” from Andalucia from the eight house wines on tap, and pair it with the pulpo a la plancha—grilled Spanish octopus with marinated marble potatoes, cauliflower, and mojo picón.
The culling and mixing of all of this top-notch international wine, beer, and cuisine make this food market much more than the sum of its parts. On any night of the week, residents of the Midtown West no-fee luxury rentals can pair a sparkling glass of Naveran brut rosado from El Colmado with a freshly scooped cone of sweet honey ice cream from Zagat’s highest-rated ice cream shop, Ample Hills Creamery, and discover a pleasing combination of Spain and upstate New York countryside right in Hell’s Kitchen.
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