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Chelsea standards

My sister and brother-in-law are moving to Chelsea. They know little about Chelsea-area dining and want to get to know the area (as do I, who'll be visiting often). What are the must visit restaurants, the fun neighborhood standards, the humble, the old fashioned, the Chelsea favorites? Other food options within a few blocks of "official" Chelsea would be welcomed as well. We love all types of food and are looking for recommendations from sandwiches at lunch to cocktails and fine dining at night. Thanks for your help on this broad request!


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  1. Welcome to the neighborhood! I recently moved from Gramercy to Chelsea, and here are some of my favorites: Markt, Crispo, Whole Foods (great salad bar), Cookshop (great brunch)

    1. La Nacional, Le Zie, Hill Country, Rocking Horse, Maroons, Le Petit Bistro
      Sweets: Billy's, Little Pie Company, Amy's, La Bergamote, Donut Pub
      Markets: Chelsea Market, Balducci's, Westside
      Quick eats: Chelsea Market, swich (but overpriced), Murray's Bagels
      Not quite Chelsea but close: Crispo, Petite Abeille, Cafe de Bruxelles, Chocolate Bar, Florent, good, Tavern on Jane

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      1. re: Lucia

        good work!

        SWICH is terrible, but i agree with all the others, esp if the op is in lower chelsea. i'd also throw in LA TAZA DE ORO and HAVANA CHELSEA.

      2. Neighborhood places: Tour, J's Pizza, Thai place in Chelsea Market, Home, Chelsea Havana, Myer's of Keswick (UK pies, candies, sausages), Kofoo (Korean), Grand Sichuan, Better Burger, The Green Table (brunch), lobster rolls at the Lobster Place, Cheesesteak Factory. Discounted brownies and cupcakes after 6pm at Fattywich.

        Popular: Highline (Thai), InnLW12th (Canadian gastropub), Fatty Crab (Malaysian), Buddakan (Japanese), Good (brunch), Cafeteria (Amer.), Elmo (Amer.), RUB (bbq), Craftsteak, Del Posto, El Cid (tapas), Son Cubano

        Drink specials: Calidad Latina ($3 margaritas), Room Service (Cheap happy hour/Thai food), Corner Bistro (2.50-5 for beer), Dallas BBQ (CHEAP drinks), Flight 151 (divebar with daily specials), Happy Hour at Kanvas, Bone Lick Park (great onion rings to go with cheap drinks), Mary Ann's ($20 pitchers of margaritas).

        The neighborhood excels at the high-end, but tends to be lacking in the middle and more affordable ends of the spectrum.

        1. Havana Chelsea on 8th Ave near 20th -- a longtime neighborhood staple. The place is currently gutted and posters on this site have said that it's closed -- but the sign on the place says it's being renovated. Time will tell, I guess.

          1. Out west, you've got Red Cat and Trestle on Tenth. There's also The Half King for an upscale pub, though not quite gastropub and Izakaya Ten for Japenese small plates. Pita Hut on 23rd and 7th Ave. has great falafels and hummus.

            1. pworrel, can you be a little more specific? Where exactly in Chelsea?

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              1. re: eatfood

                20th Street, but all of Chelsea is interesting to us. Thanks

              2. Taza Del Oro (8th/15th) has one of the best bacon, egg and cheese sandwiches in the city. The sandwich shoppe on Greenwich Avenue probably has the best turkey sandwich in the area, although thats probably technically the West Village. I've been working in Chelsea for almost 4 years, can anyone recommend any other great sandwich joints?

                1. If you like French food there is a great restaurant Le Singe Vert at 160 7th Ave. It has great food, service and ambiance. Enjoy!
                  And yes this is "official" Chelsea :)

                  Le Singe Vert
                  160 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

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                  1. re: squash

                    I prefer Le Petit Bistro to Le Singe Vert. 15th btw 7th and 8th.

                    1. re: squash

                      Also is La Luncheonette on 10th Ave & 18th.

                    2. Don't miss the "hidden" Suenos for inventive Mexican cooking.

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                      1. re: Will4Food

                        Haven't heard of them. Where are they?

                        1. re: Nick F.

                          Suenos is on 17th St., b/t 8th & 9th Avs. Chef is Sue Torres, formerly of Rocking Horse and Hell's Kitchen.


                      2. Gascogne on 8th (betw 17th & 18th) - great French food; Cafe Riazor on 16th (betw 7th & 8th) - very good Spanish; Cafe Blue on 8th (betw 15th & 16th) - good sushi (try the specials;) Nisos, 8th & 20th? - good fish and fun, open-air bar in front for people watching; ditto Maroons & Bruxelles. Welcome to the 'hood.

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                          1. re: mikeinchelsea

                            Make that Blue Ginger for sushi on 8th.

                          2. Two upscale restaurants on the cusp of Chelsea:

                            Devi, on 18th, b/t B'way & 5th, for superb Indian cuisine. http://www.devinyc.com

                            Fleur de Sel, on 20th, b/t B'way & 5th, for delicious French cuisine. http://www.fleurdeselnyc.com

                            1. Tia Pol

                              GREAT tapas. Not too pricy.