Photo by Liz Ligon
Friends of the High Line and High Line Food are thrilled to announce the opening of the High Line’s first sit-down restaurant, Santina. Located under the High Line at Gansevoort and Washington Streets, Santina is the newest addition to the High Line’s food offerings.
Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi, and Jeff Zalaznick – the highly acclaimed restaurateurs behind Dirty French, Torrisi, Carbone, and Parm – created Santina expressly for the High Line. The team took their inspiration from the neighborhood’s history: even before the neighborhood was the meatpacking district, it was a farmers’ market, and even earlier, coastline. The coastal Italian-American menu highlights fish and vegetables. Santina is named after Carbone’s grandmother, who immigrated to New York from Sicily.
Highlights from the menu include cecina, chickpea-flour pancakes served with fillings and sauces in cast-iron pans, and a variety of Japanese-style short-grain rice. There is a giardinia crudite, an artful crudité inspired by the High Line’s gardens above. spaghetti blue crab and bass Agrigento combine traditional ingredients and modern techniques. Desserts include a chocolate diplomatico and a piped-to-order tricolore cannoli.
This project has been many years in the planning. After we first opened the High Line in 2009, we realized that the space under the High Line at Gansevoort Street was underutilized, and we saw an opportunity to do something on that site that we couldn’t do on the High Line itself, which was to build a neighborhood restaurant that would serve the public and visitors to the High Line all year.
The restaurant exterior was designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop and Beyer Blinder Belle, and the interior was designed by Thomas Schlesser and Design Bureaux, Inc. With floor-to-ceiling glass walls that will open to the surrounding public plaza during the warmer months of the year, Santina will substantially enliven the neighboring public space at the base of the High Line. A portion of proceeds from the restaurant will help support the maintenance and operations of the High Line.
Santina is now open for dinner Monday through Saturday. The restaurant will start serving lunch and dinner seven days a week in mid-February, and breakfast in mid-March. Reservations can be made by calling 212-254-3000 or through Open Table.