Monday, October 26, 2009

NYC: The High Line & The New Amsterdam Market

The High Line

Have you checked out the
High Line yet? This cool elevated city park (30 feet above ground), located in NYC between 10th & 11 Avenues, was formerly used as a freight railroad till 1980.

Section one (b/t Gansevoort & 20th streets) has been open to the public since June 2009, with plans to extend the park all the way up to 34th street.

You can still view the train tracks in between the plants and the wildflowers:

10th Avenue Square, a wooden amphitheater with a view of 10th Avenue traffic (and a giant billboard of Posh & Becks in their skivvies):

The River That Flows Both Ways" by artist Spencer Finch, 700 colored glass panes inspired by the Hudson River (located in the Chelsea Market Passage, where the High Line cuts through a building in Chelsea Market):

But my real reason for visiting that day was to try the cinnamon sugar donuts at the newly opened
Craft Sweets on the Highline, located in Chelsea Market Passage (do I ever go anywhere unless it's food related?!):

"It tastes a little dry", grumbled hubby Kris. "Sorry, honey, did you say something?" Wasn't going to let grumpy gus ruin my mood as I stared out at the Hudson River on a gorgeous fall day, perfectly content while sipping my hot apple cider and munching my donut...

The High Line
Section 1 (Gansevoort Street to 20th Street)
Open from 7am to 10pm daily
Street access from:
Gansevoort Street
14th Street (Elevator under construction - not yet open.)
16th Street (elevator access)
18th Street
20th Street

New Amsterdam Market (Oct 25th 2009)

"Reinvented for our present time and needs, New Amsterdam Market will incubate a new and growing business sector: purveyors who source food directly from farmers and producers whom they trust to be good stewards of our land and waters. Centered in this Region - once called New Netherland - New Amsterdam Market will foster a renewed appreciation for our natural environment and its ongoing potential to nourish. And as true of public markets, New Amsterdam Market will be accessible to all, striving to diminish the economic, social, and educational impediments to sound nutrition."

- from the New Amsterdam Market

The New Amsterdam market is currently operating as a monthly outdoor event in South Street Seaport, next to the old Fulton Fish Market. Yesterday's event ran from 11am to 4pm and we arrived around noon to a crazy jam-packed market. While I tend to enjoy the energy of a bustling market, hubby found it way too chaotic. Luckily, I convinced him to stay by bribing him with some gelato from The Bent Spoon:
Roasted pumpkin cocoa nib ice cream (YUM!):

Next up, a sandwich from
Porchetta, filled with roasted pork (complete with crackling pork skin):
We loved the flavor and tenderness of the meat, you could really taste the seasoning and herbs. However, hubby didn't love the overly crusty bread and the hardness of the pork skin (Kris said he almost broke his teeth when he inadvertently bit down too hard; but as a pork skin lover, I actually enjoyed gnawing the heck out of it).

After the sandwich we found ourselves craving something sweet, but instead came across some tempting savory pastries at
We just couldn't resist the visual appeal of the potato, leek & cheese pie, especially the vibrant contrast between the pickled onions and the yellow mustard:
Tasty and filling but I probably would have enjoyed it more if it was warmed up. Kris disagreed, saying it was perfect at room temperature.

We also stopped to chat with the friendly folks of
Stone Barns after noticing that they sell hard-to-find leaf lard:

Leaf lard, rendered from the fat which surrounds a pig's kidney, is considered the finest lard for baking because of its neutral taste. Stone Barn's product is made from their pasture-grazed Berkshire pigs. I was really tempted to buy some and bake the perfect pie crust with it, but ended up walking away empty handed (didn't want to carry around a pound of lard in my purse during a unseasonably warm day).

And check out the line up for lobster rolls at Luke's Lobster:

New Amsterdam Market
South Street, between Beekman Street and Peck Slip
On the East River waterfront in Lower Manhattan
11:00am to 4:00pm

Future 2009 market dates:
Nov 22nd, Dec 20th



Jenn said...

I so want to go back to NY again. It's been years since I've been there. I miss all the sights, sounds and food!!!

Christine aka Mistress of Cakes said...

You are making NY look so beautiful. I have never been there. Don't be surprised if I show up on your front stoop!

Anonymous said...

Wow, such delicious treats there! I would love a cinnamon sugar donut and the pumpkin cocoa nibs ice cream sounds wonderful!

KennyT said...

Did you steal that pig for me? I want that pig! So cute! hahaha

Daily Spud said...

The High Line & market sound like they were well worth the visit. I'm not remotely jealous, though. Oh no, not at all. Honest, guv... :)

Heavenly Housewife said...

Gosh, i love that thing with all the coloured glass windows, thats beautiful (as are the donuts :)). I noticed something a little strange. There is a picture of me here. I noticed a little piggy at the New Amsterdam market. Moi didn't realize the paparazzi were about or i would have been wearing my sun glasses daaaaaaahling. Cool to see that places like porchetta and the bent spoon were out there, looks like lots of fun :D

Phyllis said...

Jenn: fall's the perfect time to visit ;)

Christine: What?! Never been to NYC? Time for a road trip, my dear!

5 Star Foodie: The pumpkin gelato was fab, 'even better than Cold Stone' says hubby Kris!

KennyT: I don't think the guy with the giant cleaver would have liked it very much if I tried to steal the pig!

Daily Spud: Hey, nothing to be jealous about, you have the Winding Stair where you live (still dreaming about that potato cake with creme fraiche - yum)

Heavenly Housewife: LOL I thought that pig looked vaguely familiar! Actually surprised that nobody mistook the piggy for me! :D

high low said...

We've been meaning to go to the High Line to check it out - can never have enough green spaces in NYC! Btw, thanks for checking out our site - maybe we ran into each other at the New Amsterdam Market without knowing it! =)

Phyllis said...

high low: no prob, your blog is awesome! The high line was really cool and much better than I'd expected, we'd seen it beforehand on a travel show and at the time of filming the plantings were still looking anemic. But they've all grown in now and are sporting beautiful autumn colors. I heart NY in the fall...

Sue said...

Wow! That's awesome and I haven't walked the High Line yet. (Is that the proper terminology?) Thanks for the tour.

OysterCulture said...

What a fun trip. I love the pics of you and what did you call him "grumpy gus"? Everything you tried sounded incredibly tasty and so not the norm. I can't say I've seen leaf lard.

Teanna said...

I still haven't been to highline but need to go soon! Hopefully, if the weather is nice next Saturday, I'll go! I didn't know about the New Amsterdam Market! I have to check that out as well! Is it open year round? That pumpkin cocoa nib ice cream is calling my name!

Phyllis said...

Sue: Can't wait to go back and 'walk the High Line' after they finish the entire project. I think it'll be a couple miles long when they're done!

OysterCulture: 'grumpy gus' occasionally makes an appearance on my food crawls, but transforms back to my adorable hubby once I feed him some ice cream :)

Teanna: Hi Teanna, the New Amsterdam market is only a a one-day event right now. I think the organizers are hoping it can become a permanent market at some point, but there are only 2 more schedule dates in 2009 - Nov 22 and Dec 20. Have fun!

Steve Mirsky said...

I had no idea that the Highline was such a food bonanza! They did a great job with retrofitting that rail tressle. Not just a park but a work of art!

Phyllis said...

Steve: Haha, not quite a food extravaganza yet, only 2 small vendors so far but hopefully they'll be more in the future. And awesome blog, btw!

Christine aka Mistress of Cakes said...

When I saw this I thought of you. I give you the ultimate todo list.

I would love to see how you did on this list..I am sure it is impressive!

Phyllis said...

Hi Christine, thanks for the link :) I scored 76/100. I just had spam for dinner last night, tried currywurst for the 1st time a couple weeks ago, and was thrilled to see poutine on the list. Things I probably will never eat: horse, roadkill, or raw scotch bonnet pepper. Looking forward most to trying: haggis.