The Meatpacking District in New York City has long been a cherished spot for food, drink and entertainment, particularly so since the opening of the High Line and more recently, the Whitney Museum of American Art. 

With most of the area’s eateries frequently filling up due to its well-visited attractions, it’s with open arms that we welcome The Wild Son, a rustic daytime-dining restaurant that’s primely located on a quiet stretch of cobbled road, while still almost rubbing shoulders with the Standard Hotel’s Biergarten.

Run by Robert Cersao and Jason Mendenhall, The Wild Son embraces a healthy philosophy to eating, with grains, greens and protein all getting a good airing on its delectable menu. Design-wise, the space is a mix of urban and rural sensibilities, halfway between a city eaterie and a country lunch counter. Inspired by a nostalgic sense of childhood adventure, the inviting space is filled with reclaimed wood, white tile and lots of hanging greenery. 

Best of all, the specialty cocktail menu is complemented by a robust non-alcoholic beverage programme as well. From cold brew coffee and creative juices, to iced coconut lattes and activated charcoal lemon soda, there is plenty to enjoy.