As if the Meatpacking District didn’t have enough architectural and culinary star power already—not to mention the High Line—the spring 2015 debut of the Whitney Museum of American Art on Gansevoort Street has shifted the art world’s center of gravity south of 14th Street. Renzo Piano’s breathtaking, six-story original design (with four outdoor terraces overlooking the Hudson River) is reason enough to come; the collection itself is reason to linger for an hour or three. Now, following a walk among O’Keeffes, Hoppers, and Rothkos, there’s an artful restaurant to match: the aptly named Untitled, from star chef Michael Anthony (of Gramercy Tavern) and Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group. Go for lunch, when the fresh, bright, colorful, seasonal dishes perfectly complement the airy, sunlight-flooded space—or follow the locals’ lead and come for dinner on Friday or Saturday, when the museum is open until 10 p.m. (just remember to buy your museum tickets ahead of time online). We love that Piano’s gorgeous design is both minimal and noise-minimizing—and we loved that the architect himself was dining at the next table over last time we were there.
Once you’re in Meatpacking, find Gansevoort Street and head toward the waterfront. When you hit Washington, you’ll see the Whitney’s impressive architecture. Untitled is on the first floor of the museum.
WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART: 99 Gansevoort St; 212-570-3600; whitney.org
UNTITLED AT THE WHITNEY: 99 Gansevoort St.; 212-570-3670; untitledatthewhitney.com