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Feb 15, 2008 08:43 AM

Chelsea suggestions, with teenagers?

We're staying next week in Chelsea, at 24th and 6th Ave., with 2 teens, one a kind-of-fussy eater. We're looking for a few places for dinner that have great food, and which won't be too bummed out to have a couple of teenage girls (likely in jeans) show up at dinner time.

Also, I'm looking for fun chow-worthy food shopping. I'm definitely heading to Chelsea Market, but other suggestions greatly appreciated.

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    1. As the parent of a teenager, I don't often equate good food with teenage interests. One place you might consider is the Rocking Horse Cafe, on Eighth Avenue between 19th and 20th. It's a casual restaurant, and they serve modestly inventive Mexican fare. A more upscale and inventive Mexican space nearby is Suenos, on 17th St. just west of Eighth Avenue. Many CHs like Gavroche, a French Restaurant on 14th between 7th and 8th, and on the same block is Crispo, an Italian Restaurant. In Chelsea Market there's a small restaurant called The Green Table that serves organic New American fare.

      Happy searching....Chelsea is a good neighborhood to explore.

      1. Hill Country, Markt, Empire City Bagels (to grab in the morning), Crispo

        Besides Chelsea have to check out Murray's Cheese!

        1. Check out Garden of Eden, a wonderful gourmet food shop, on 23rd St., b/t 6th & 7th Avs.

          Also, on the same block, do not miss Madeleine, a charming little French pastry shop with the most delicious macarons, tarts, croissants, etc.

          A little further east, there's Kalustyan's, on Lex, b/t 28th & 29th Sts. Every nook and cranny is stuffed with a vast variety of Indian and Middle Eastern products.

          1. red cat which will be fun and sophisticated and very new york. grand szichuan for very good chinese, informal. Di Paolo's when you shop for parmesan cheese and olive oil to take home. You are also near Salumeria Belliese (8th and 28th I think and forgive my spelling!) for wonderful sausages of all kinds to take home.