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hungrycomposer Dec 12, 2007 06:18 PM

I'm meeting a friend at Chelsea Market on Saturday afternoon, what''s your favorite place to eat there?

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    cimui Dec 12, 2007 09:08 PM

    I dearly love the Green Table, a teeny little greenmarket concept place with simple foods made with really high quality ingredients, a good (if small) wine list, and tasty cocktails.

    That's if I had to name a single place, though. The really great thing about Chelsea Market is really the option of browsing for each course in a different place. The italian market there has good gelato. Fat Witch has delectable brownies (get them fresh out of the oven).

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      superburns Dec 13, 2007 03:05 AM

      Green Table is definitely my number one choice. Their soups are always really good. Their grilled cheese is a monster of a sandwich, and their pot pies are really good.

      There is also Ronnybrook Creamery, you can sit at the milk bar where they have a menu of lunch and breakfast type items, their baked potato soup is really good.

      Green Table is what your looking for, if you're looking for someplace quit and relaxing.

      1. JungMann Dec 13, 2007 05:44 AM

        My tastes are a little more downmarket. I think that all that Chelsea Thai lacks in decor or ambience, it makes up for in big, punchy flavors. It is absolutely the most flavorful and robust Thai food I've had in the city. And they certainly play it loose with the chilies when you ask for things spicy. Freshly shucked oysters next door and spicy laab na make for one of my favorite lunches.

        As for gelato --- I think the stand in back by the kitchenware store has better flavors.

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          cimui Dec 17, 2007 02:59 PM

          Wow, I've had pretty poor luck with Chelsea Thai. In my experience, it's always been rather dreadful, but I've only had the noodle dishes there. I trust your tastebuds. What would you recommend?

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            JungMann Dec 17, 2007 03:45 PM

            I've only had the pad thai once and remember thinking it was okay or perhaps too "authentic" for my pedestrian palate. I normally get the yum nuar or red curry. Both are among my favorites, but when I decided to go on Saturday (post-induced hunger), I found it wasn't as good as I remembered. Not dreadful, but the flavors didn't pop the same way they used to. It's still among the better restaurants I've been to for Thai, but I wonder if the quality has taken a slide or it was just an off day for us both.

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              financialdistrictresident Dec 17, 2007 04:28 PM

              We had the pad thai and another dish recently and it was fine, albeit in a cafeteria setting with no ambience. We were there more to shop than eat.

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                mrnyc Dec 18, 2007 08:15 AM

                i am a regular of CHELSEA THAI. yes its the best thai in the area. good sit down, to go and delivery.

                dont get excited tho. that said, its bland and not memorable in any way. there are no standouts.

                ps - yes the yum nuar is inconsistant. doesnt stop me from ordering it a lot tho!

                as a cookie monster, my fav chelsea market treat is the addictive big, fat and fresh chocolate drop or cinanmon swirl chinese cookies under the glass counter at RUTHIES CHEESECAKE.

                the new coffee stand there aint bad either. they are still in full 'ernest & trying to please' mode so now is a good time to try them.

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          Lucia Dec 13, 2007 09:35 AM

          Amy's bread has good sandwiches and desserts.
          Lobster Place for sushi, clam chowder, and other seafood items
          Chelsea Thai is good.
          I haven't been to the Green Table.

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            foodfme Dec 13, 2007 11:31 AM

            My suggestion is to go to the Lobster Place, pick out two lobsters, which the clerk will steam for you, take the lobs to a table outside the store where people will stare at you enviously as they walk by.

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              hungrycomposer Dec 14, 2007 01:01 PM

              Thanks for all of the great suggestions. I used to just run into Chelsea Thai for Thai ingredients, but their grocery section has shrunk considerably. I've never even seen Green Table. Lobsters are a great idea, but I'm so allergic I would have to have the ambulance waiting outside!

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                janejane Dec 14, 2007 01:35 PM

                Don't miss out on the fantastic espresso drinks at the Ninth Street Espresso counter (just next to the middle bank of elevators). Have a cappuccino with your caramel Fat Witch brownie! Green Table's food is wonderful, but unless you snag one of their tiny tables inside their space, it's no fun at all to sit in the corridor amidst the hordes of shoppers. I also like 202, the restaurant inside the Nicole Farhi clothing store at the Ninth Ave. entrance. It's the most full-service, sit-down option, though it gets mobbed at weekend brunch. And agreed, the gelato at Arte del Gelato (connected to the kitchen store) is better than the stuff at the Italian food shop (but their grocery selection is fantastic).

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                  weeep Dec 17, 2007 03:49 PM

                  I like 202 and the Green Table. Had great natural hot dogs there. Haven't had the best Thai food at the Thai Restaurant, and I think Fat Witch brownies are so-so. I do like the rugelach at Ruthies and the Lobster Salad at that seafood spot

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                    mrnyc Dec 18, 2007 08:19 AM

                    i agree re CHELSEA THAI & FAT WITCH brownies.

                    youknow i really cant pimp RUTHIES enough. everything in there is pretty good. they are consistent too.

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                  mrsbutterworth Dec 17, 2007 04:41 PM

                  Green Table hands down.

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                    hungrycomposer Dec 17, 2007 08:52 PM

                    In the end we went to The Green Table. The pot pie was well prepared, fresh, wholesome... simple and good. The room was surprisingly pleasant and cozy, (not yet crowded) and service was attentive but not intrusive, which made for a very nice lunch. I got some brownies from Fat Witch, which were unremarkable, and a delicious sample of gelato from the place next to the cookware store (the guy actually scooping was so busy talking on his cell phone I gave up... the sample was the perfect amount, and much less aggravating than waiting around listening to some guy yak). The real standout of the day was the wild salmon and Spanish mackerel that I brought home from the Lobster place to cook for dinner.
                    Thanks for the rec's.

                    1. guttergourmet Dec 18, 2007 03:49 PM

                      If buon italia has a porchetta get it sliced with the skin and eat it in your hands.

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