A Visit to the Meatpacking District ~ Hector’s Cafe’ & Diner




Hector’s Cafe & Diner, 44 Little West 12th Street in the Meatpacking District

Hector’s Cafe’ first opened its doors in the Meatpacking District when it was humming with packers and wholesalers moving from slaughterhouse to slaughterhouse, under the elevated, with trains running from West Side Yards south to St. John’s Terminal on West Houston Street. Much of this work began at the crack of dawn, with many of the workers beginning their day at Hector’s Diner.

Inside Hector’s Cafe

It is believed that Hector’s opened in 1949, although no one is quite sure who Hector was. Danny Manesis, who purchased the tiny cafe’ in 1988, has kept it very much the same, with small updates here & there, which has made it an attractive backdrop as a film location for the TV series Law & Order and the movie Taxi Driver. The rent, which is paid to The City of New York, will remain below market until 2032.

Hector’s now has the popular tourist attraction, the High Line, above

Some of its history dating back to 1949 is fuzzy, but we do know that Danny Manesis bought the little diner around 1987, and has tried to keep the integrity of the beloved Meatpacking District diner of the past.

A wide shot of Hector’s next to the meat packers as it is today

Hector’s Cafe’ & Diner is located at 44 Little West 12th Street ~ Cash Only. ¬†Follow Hector’s Cafe’ & Diner on Facebook ~ and they deliver!

While you’re there ~ check out The High Line and walk under The Standard to The Whitney, and more in the Meatpacking District.

Take a look at the Meatpacking BID redesign vision, starting with the Western Gateway Vision Plan, with its sprawling plazas and landscaping along Ninth Avenue (below).

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The Meatpacking BID unveiled its report and vision plan at its annual meeting.

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Read the full report Here, and a link to the presentations presented to the neighborhood’s directors, tenants and community members at the Meatpacking BID.