Gansevoort Market

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Collaborative food markets are having a moment in this past year. From Gotham West Market, to Hudson Eats, food hall or food court style spaces are housing some great talent all under one roof. The most recent to join this trend is Gansevoort Market in the Meatpacking District.

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Once occupied by a club, this open space now has an array of food offering with a seating section underneath an incredible skylight and wrapped up in branches and bits of nature. Below are a list of all the vendors, in no particular order. 

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Dojo Sushi is serving authentic Japanese cuisine and sushi.

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Tacombi serves Mexican street food and tacos.

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Champion Coffee serves coffee.

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Heermance Farm Purveyors has organic produce from the Hudson Valley.

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Luzzo’s has coal oven pizza.

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The Bruffin Cafe serves a muffin-brioche-like pastry filled with quality ingredients.

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Pig Guy NYC serves BBQ.

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Yiaourti has a Greek yogurt bar with sheep’s milk yogurt.

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Crêpe Sucre is a French crêpe bar.

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Ed’s Lobster Bar serves New England seafood.

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Gansevoort Bakery is a Greek bakery.

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Cappone’s is an authentic Italian specialties and sandwich shop.

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Our True Roots makes beverages and snacks from tiger nuts.

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Dana’s Bakery makes French macarons.

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Lov Organic has organic teas.

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Feel Food has organic juice and highly nutritious food.

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Donostia serves Spanish tapas.

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Flower Girl has whimsical flower arrangements.

The Shorts:
Name: Gansevoort Market 
Location: 52 Gansevoort Street, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Yes, there are lots of great vendors here, really something for everyone, in an accessible and open space.
Would I recommend it? For sure. It makes a great pit-stop for a coffee or snack, or, grab a bite and dine in their forest-like dining space. Plus, you’re right by the High Line, so, you can really make a day of it.

The Farm House

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When in Nashville, you can expect to find lots of Southern cooking. But, when you can also find farm to table, locally sourced food in a restaurant decorated and furnished with handmade accents and re-purposed barn wood, well, that’s a bonus. And, you can find it all at The Farm House in the SoBro district in Nashville. 

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Everything on the menu sounded great, and I had to start with a drink while I decided on the food portion. I ordered their Casey Jones Spring Train Ride (American Born Sweet Tea Shine, smoked blackberries, simple, soda). I had a similar sounding drink at The Southern in Nashville, but, the two drinks were pretty different. I really enjoyed both, but this one was great since the sweetness of the drink was really subtle, basically coming from the blackberries themselves. You can also really taste hints of smokiness from the blackberries too, which is a really interesting and nice combination. 

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Then, for the table we ordered a couple snacks to start. First, was Pickled Egg Whites (smoked trout filling, alfalfa sprouts). This was really great. Served like a deviled egg, the white of the egg is delicately pickled, giving a nice, slight, salty and acidic flavor, balanced out by the smooth, smokey, creaminess of the trout, replacing the traditional egg yolk. 

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Next, I had Skillet Cornbread with porkbutter. Holy buttery, corn skillet goodness. This was awesome, and definitely a great thing for a table to get to share to start. The cornbread had the perfect balance of sweet and savory, served hot in the skillet, crusting the outsides just enough and keeping the center soft. Put a dab, or a slab, of the whipped porkbutter on top, and it melts right in. I think I could hear Paula Dean squealing somewhere in the distance. 

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For my entree, I had the Pan Seared Grouper (Meyer Lemon grits, braised pistachios, braised white raisins). I really loved this. This fish was tender, flavorful, and set atop of the creamy grits. I’ve never had citrusy grits, and I really liked them. The flavor cuts some of the richness and almost keeps it on the lighter side. The braised pistachios and raisins add a really nice, sweetened, crunch and texture contrast to the delicate fish and creaminess of the grits. 

The Shorts:
Name: The Farm House
Location: 210 Almond Street, Nashville 
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Definitely. Everything was delicious, the service was great, and the aesthetic is really nice as well. 
Would I recommend it? Absolutely, it’s a great, casual restaurant with a chic sophistication. And don’t forget to order the cornbread.