Today's most glamorous district once housed slaughterhouses and meatpacking plants. Squeezed between artistic West Village and youth-inhabited Chelsea it absorbed the best features of both and became the synonym of everything cool. It is packed with bars and clubs. One of the top is The Standard Grill famous for its meats, BBQ and outdoor atrium with beer and ping pong tables. If you are already full, go shopping – the neighborhood has Diane Von Furstenberg, Vince, Earnest Sewn, Intermix and stores selling young aspiring designers.