5. It’s Home to One of New York’s Oldest Restaurants

Old Homestead Steakhouse in the Meatpacking District

Though most of the meatpacking plants and warehouses have closed, you can still get a taste of meat in the neighborhood at the Old Homestead Steakhouse, which is one of the oldest restaurants in New York City. It opened in 1868, when chophouses became popular just after the Civil War, and is one of the longest operating restaurants in the nation. Originally called the Tidewater Trading Post because of its proximity to the Hudson, it was purchased by Harry Sherry and has been run by his family for over 70 years.

Aside from its age, the steakhouse’s claim to fame is that it introduced Waygu beef to the U.S. in the 1990s. Renowned as some of the world’s best beef, Waygu, or Kobe beef, produces some of the most expensive steaks you can buy. A Waygu burger at the Old Homestead Steakhouse will set you back $47.