Gotham West Market: A Picky Eaters Sanctuary.

February 26, 2016

There is an abundance of awesome and unique eats throughout all of the boroughs of New York City. It’s probably impossible to visit them all! That’s why communal dining spots like Gotham West Market in Manhattan should be taken advantage of.

Screen Shot 2016-02-10 at 2.57.40 PMWith nine food vendors to choose from, this Hell’s Kitchen spot is a great lunch stop and a fun place to get a late night bite to eat. It’s an even better place to take that one friend who never wants to eat where you want to eat. A fancy food court with a cool atmosphere and great food, it’s the perfect low key spot to socialize with friends and sample some of the best food that New York has to offer.

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Of the nine vendors, I’ve been to six: The Cannibal, Uma Temakeria, Genuine Roadside, Choza Taqueria, Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop, and Ample Hills Creamery. I had heard of a couple of these places before going to Gotham West Market, but I just never had the time to travel around and find all of them. Knowing that these great and popular eats are all available at one very convenient spot (a ten minute walk from Port Authority) has kept me going over and over again for the last few months.

The first time I went, I dined at The Cannibal. I first heard of the restaurant because my parents went to dinner there and it was a pain to get into (at the time, anyway). I was excited when I walked in and recognized the name. I ordered their gourmet hot dogs that come in pairs: one topped with bacon jam, and another in pork rinds, among other things. Named the Best Hot Dog by New York Magazine in 2012, these were some of the most amazing hot dogs I had ever eaten. The toppings are good, but the meat itself…WHOAH! A self proclaimed “butcher’s restaurant,” the Cannibal restaurants are best known for their expertise in meats and impressive beer line up.

Screen Shot 2016-02-10 at 2.56.41 PM Screen Shot 2016-02-10 at 3.00.40 PMMy second Gotham West Market meal was at Uma Temakeria, where you can order the designer food item known as a sushiritto. It’s as delicious as all of those Instagram posts claim it to be. I had the salmon and tuna option, and though I am not a fan of salmon, the ingredients were fresh and enjoyable. I even ate the entire seaweed wrap.

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My favorite meal of all is from Choza Taqueria. For Chipotle prices (and minus the risk of food poisoning), you can get a huge bowl of rice, beans, pico de gallo, and a protein of your choice. All of their proteins are paired with additional toppings. I always pick their carnitas, which are braised with citrus and spices, served with tomatillo salsa and pickled vegetables. The carnitas is juicy and tender, and as a huge fan of pickled produce, I just gotta have it!

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For dessert, nothing beats the delicious and fun ice cream flavors that Ample Hills Creamery has to over. The Brooklyn based ice cream shop’s stand offers several flavors that are forever rotating and always includes a vegan option. My favorite flavors have been their Ooey Gooey Butter Cake (vanilla with chunks of, you guessed it, ooey gooey butter cake), Snap Mallow Pop (rice crispies treat flavor), and the Salted Crack Caramel (with chocolate covered saltine crackers).

Next time your group can’t decide on what to eat, pick Gotham West Market as your dining choice. There’s something delicious for everyone to enjoy!

Gotham West Market is located at 600 11th Ave, New York, NY 10036.

More about Gabrielle Coles

Gabrielle Coles is a screenwriter and School of Visual Arts B.F.A graduate. She loves animals and food.

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