Upscale food courts are spreading over New York City. The early pioneers of this movement (before it could be called a movement) were Chelsea Market and Essex Street Market. More recently, Eataly in Flatiron and the Todd English Food Hall at the Plaza took things to a new level. And now there’s Gotham West Market, the hippest of the bunch. Designed by the trendsetting firm AvroKO, this 14,000-square-foot space houses an eclectic collection of food stalls arranged around large communal tables. It’s a little bit out of the way for most people, on the far western reaches of Midtown, but well worth the trip if you want to try dishes from some of New York City’s most talented- and coolest- chefs. Ramen expert Ivan Orken chose Gotham to open on of his first restaurant outside of Japan, called Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop. Seamus Mullen, who runs the ultra-popular Tertulia tapas bar in the West Village, opened El Colmado. As for the coffee shop, it’s branded Blue Bottle, the reigning kings of millenial café culture.
[images from Gotham West Market]