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Meatpacking District Revives 2-Century-Old Gansevoort Food Market

By Danielle Tcholakian | October 10, 2014 5:06pm | Updated on October 13, 2014 8:47am
 Gansevoort Market opens in the Meatpacking District on Oct. 13.
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MEATPACKING DISTRICT — The Meatpacking District is rediscovering its roots on Monday, with the revival of Gansevoort Market.

The 8,000-square-foot building at 52 Gansevoort St. is the defining anchor of the Gansevoort Market Historic District, and dates back to the 1800s, when it was the largest open-air trading post in the country, organizers said.

Two centuries later, it's back to business, as more than two dozen food vendors and purveyors set up shop in the marketplace from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. The varied offerings aim to draw both locals and tourists.

High Line strollers can pick up high-end sushi to go from Sushi Dojo Express on their way up to the park, or stop in for sweet and savory stuffed muffins from Smorgasburg regular The Bruffin, French crepes from Crepe Sucre or pork-themed treats from The Pig Guy.

Tea offerings from a new Scandinavian-inspired line of Kusmi Teas called Lov Organic and espresso drinks from Greenpoint's Champion Coffee will be available just in time for the cold weather.

Market-goers can enjoy their fare in the 60-person seating area under a bright skylight, ensconced in a green structure made from more than 2,000 vines from Long Island, harvested over several months by local sculptor Charlie Baker of Baker Structures and woven together to cover the 18-foot exposed brick walls.

To bring the outdoors inside, the market has a "living wall" of plants, and when weather permits, the entire garage-door facade will roll up, exposing the market to the cobblestone streets.

Other vendors include an outpost of Lower East Side florist Flower Girl NYC; a daily greenmarket with produce from Heermance Farms in Tivoli, New York; and an outpost from Donostia from the East Village, which will serve Spanish tapas and sell gourmet Spanish food products to take home. Nolita favorite Tacombi Taqueria will serve food out of one of their signature VW buses, trucked into the massive marketplace.

In the coming months, there will also be a bakery with Greek cookies, French pastries and homemade bread, and a butcher's counter from the nearby Macelleria, with fresh meats and sandwiches for sale. Il Conte will bring pasta, Dana's Bakery will bring macarons and the West Village's feelfood will bring fresh juices and acai bowls.

Some vendors are offering dishes exclusively at Gansevoort Market, including Ed's Lobster Bar, which will be slinging a never-before-seen shrimp roll made specially for Meatpacking District customers.

Gansevoort Market, 52 Gansevoort St., 212-242-1701. Open daily 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. starting Oct. 13, though vendor hours may vary.