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Jul 31, 2007 06:18 PM

Chelsea Market? (Updates)

Can anyone recommend a good lunch place in or around Chelsea Market?

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  1. I dearly love the Green Table inside Chelsea Market. It's greenmarket cuisine. Their grilled cheese, if they have it, is absolutely stellar. And for such a small place, their wine selection is excellent.

    1. In Chelsea Market, the spread in front of Buon Italia is good (good chicken cutlet sandwich esp.). I like Amy's Bread for sandwiches. Ronnybrook is also fine for lunch, although you get less bang for your buck. Hale & Hearty is fine for soups. Chelsea Thai is pretty good. They have sushi at the Lobster Place, but I haven't tried it. I've also heard they have lobster rolls and chowders.

      1. What do people think of the new Ronnybrook Milk Bar? I stopped by to try some ice cream and found it cloyingly sweet. Any opinions on the ice cream or other offerings?

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        1. re: jsgjewels

          Haven't tried the ice cream yet, but I did try it at the previous incarnation and wasn't too impressed. Went for lunch recently and had a ham & cheese and breakfast sandwich. Both were just fine, but I think sandwiches are Amy's across the way are better. And environment is less frigid!

          1. re: jsgjewels

            To each their own, I love Ronnybrook's ice cream, and think the new milkshakes are even better. I just love that clean fresh flavor that no other dairy place I've been to has.

            I like the spicy basil dishes at Chelsea Thai. A perfect lunch.

          2. This is 202 at Nicole Farhi. I think their brunch is better, but they have some great salad and chicken curry and such.

            As Lucia mentioned, you can get lobster rolls at Lobster place, but it can be hit or miss. I have had good ones and soggy chewy ones.

            A walk to Morimoto can get you some Japanese fare. I heard that they are offering a lunch bento box, but I haven't tried.

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            1. re: kobetobiko

              I had a terrible experience at 202.


              If the service had been passable, I still would have enjoyed it a lot. Great space, and I liked what I had. Maybe it was an off day.

              1. re: Gluttonous Prime

                I also had a terrible experience at 202. Bad service and bland food. Since when does an English fry up consist of 3 tiny grape tomatoes and grilled turkey bacon with the consistency of rawhide?

                You really can't go wrong with most of the places inside Chelsea Market otherwise. I love the Thai place and hit up the Lobster Place most Fridays.

                1. re: JungMann

                  Sorry to hear that. While I wouldn't consider the service at 202 great, I certainly have never had bad service there. I adore their omelette with mushroom and brunch. I think their salad is quite good. I hope the service isn't a consistent issue.

                  1. re: kobetobiko

                    I've only eaten at 202 twice recently but have no complaints about either the service or the food. Didn't try the English fry up but the warm corn bread and smoky bacon were delicious as was the fava bean/pecorino salad. I usually like the sandwiches at Amy's but hated the cilantro-heavy grilled cheese. My bad, I should have read to the bottom of the ingredients list.

            2. A few blocks north of the Tenth Ave. entrance, there's Cookshop:

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              1. re: DaveCook

                always hit the lobster place for the outstanding soups, especially lobster bisque. amys bread for the sandwiches. fat witch for the cherry brownies. last time i was there i saw christy turlington in franks steaks, looking quite good. then often go across the street to pop burger or the diner on 9th.