Neighborhood Highlights

The Lowdown on the High Line

by staff, 06/03/2014 [Updated 02/12/2016]

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  • West 28th Street Entrance, Chelsea
    As you near the northern end of the High Line, the surroundings take a turn for the eclectic. On 27th Street, Hôtel Americano's repurposed conveyor belt facade provides a striking contrast to surrounding buildings. Inside, the Americano restaurant serves Italian dishes, and Bar Americano doles out signature sips. The area also offers international eats and an interactive, Shakespeare-esque show that isn't for the faint of heart.

    Culture: Sleep No More 
    Theater takes a turn for the intriguingly participatory during this three-hour interactive play, which is based on Macbeth, inside the "McKittrick Hotel." Audience members don masks as they journey freely through the space's six floors, sifting through suitcases, opening coffins and encountering eerie characters. You'll want to register for this spectacle in advance—Sleep No More has a reputation for its waiting list. (Also note: elements of the performance can be frightening and include mild violence and nudity; this one's not for kids.)

    Dining: Porteño Restaurant
    Buenos Aires meets Chelsea at chef Martín Badillo's Argentinean restaurant. Start with pâté with white grape marmalade and micro greens or polenta with crispy blood sausage and pesto oil, and then delve into main dishes like rib-eye steak with cabbage, kale and three-bean salad and pan-seared cod with grains, vegetables and potatoes in a basil-tarragon sauce.

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