Just because it’s hiding beneath the High Line, the incredibly chic new gastropub Willow Road is not to be missed.
Built in the former Nabisco headquarters, the space’s rustic decor maintains the factory’s original exposed brick and windows. And to complement that foundation, interior designer Chris Kofitsas (of ABC Kitchen fame) filled the restaurant with distressed-wood tables, iron chairs and a hand-drawn mural of the neighborhood by artist James Gulliver Hancock across the main wall.
The dinner menu--served from the open kitchen helmed by chef Todd Macdonald--is equally fitting with casual, inventive dishes like a sweeter take on traditional mussels, thanks to a light kumquat butter ($15), and our favorite, a tangy and nutty 20-greens salad with pistachios and pecorino ($12).
Should you be making the gallery or nightlife rounds in Chelsea, it’s a fantastic post-event option, as it’s open late every night. Or you can always grab a quick cocktail and a small plate--try the spiced lamb burger bites ($12)--right at the expansive bar before stepping out for the evening.
For a neighborhood in need of a few more go-to food options (to balance their boozy counterparts), Willow Road is a welcome addition.
85 Tenth Ave. (between 15th and 16th sts.); 646-484-6566 or willowroadnyc.com