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Sep 11, 2008 08:21 AM

What's good inside the Chelsea Market?

I'm going to be spending a lot of time in and near there when I visit.

I like to eat mostly salads, especially if I can do my own at a well stocked salad bar, better If I can occasionally take with. But diner/deli, bread, sandwiches, treats and other stuff are also good.

So what's good in the Chelsea market?

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    1. re: G3B

      Ronnybrook Yogurt. Sandwiches at Amy's Bread. Gelato Stand...Lobster Bisque at The Lobster Place...Desserts at Sarabeth's.....Paninni's at the Italian foods place.

      1. re: Will4Food

        There's more than one place to get gelato. I think you are referring to L'Arte del Gelato, which is located in front of Bowery Kitchen Supply. Excellent gelato.

        1. re: Diana

          Diana - the Hale & Hearty might have a salad bar. Another option, right across the street from Chelsea Market is The Diner.

          1. re: apple342

            Hale & Hearty has salads, but I don't think there's a salad bar.

          2. re: Diana

            Manhattan Fruit Exchange has a salad bar.
            Otherwise, Fatwich, Amy's Bread (for lunch and treats), Ronnybrook (somewhat pricey lunch food, but good ice cream), Lobster Place, Buon Italia, Chelsea Thai, and L'Arte del Gelato.

            1. re: Lucia

              Neither Hale N Hearty or The Diner has a do it yourself salad bar!

              1. re: Diana

                I didn't suggest those. I suggested that there is a salad bar at Manhattan Fruit Exchange, as did posters below. I haven't eaten from it, but they definitely have plenty of veggies--it's a fruit/veg market.

                1. re: Lucia

                  My post was just accidentally in the wrong spot.

            2. re: Diana

              diana, re: the salad bar, i can't help with the Chelsea Market, but as we discussed on the other thread, i think you'll be satisfied with the one at the Chelsea WFM.

              your trip must be coming up soon...hope you've gotten all the Chow pointers you need & are looking forward to it.

              if you need any non-Chow advice, shoot me an e-mail...i'd be happy to help any way i can.

              safe travels!

              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                Thank you! I will. I'm leaving TOMORROW! HOORAY!

            3. Link to the list of shops and restaurants in Chelsea Market:

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              1. re: RGR

                Don't forget the Manhattan Fruit Exchange- great produce. You could make your own salad.

                  1. re: malibu

                    Is it a salad bar, with everything pre-chopped, or do you mean I buy all the ingredients. I would, but have no place to chop and such, being in a hotel. Also, with all my meetings, no time to make my own from yummy fresh produce. I need a SALAD BAR really

                    When I say salad, I mean veggies and beans and such, not mayonnaisey meat or fish glop. (although I like that for a tret now and again.)

                    1. re: Diana

                      All the ingredients are pre-chopped and in traditional salad bar form. No meats but lots of very fresh fruit and vegetables and tofu, not sure about cheese.

                        1. re: Diana

                          diana, one word of warning about Manhattan Fruit Exchange - they only take cash.

                            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                              really? not when i have been there. they have cash only registers...other registers take credit...unless this has changed in the past few months.

                              1. re: jenniebnyc

                                the website says the Chelsea Market one takes only cash.

                                1. re: Diana

                                  Yes, unless they just introduced cc machines The Fruit Exchange is cash only.

                                  1. re: KTinNYC

                                    I wish that Chelsea Fruit Exchange would start taking credit cards!

                          1. re: KTinNYC

                            Thanks for the rec, but I have to say, that was the most pathetic salad bar I've ever been to. They had about 6 items, mostly lettuce. There were no onions. I had to beg for a chopped red onion! It took 20 minutes to get. Then, rather than putting the rest of the chopped onion on the bar for people odd enough to desire onion on their salad, they took the sad little onion container BACK to the back room. There was a little firm tofu, no beans, one bottle of icky salad dressing, no oil, vinegar, or other condiments.

                            I think the fruit selection for the day was melon and papaya (both very fresh and good)

                            The next day, I walked about a block to Balducci's, which had a FABULOUS salad bar, also some great hot foods and a nice selection of beverages. Also much nicer people working there.

                            In the Chelsea Market, I DID enjoy some of Amy's bread, bought some political cookie's from Elini's for my mother in law, tasted the sample of Fatwich's original brownie (yum!) and saw many really nice shops.

                            Got myself a nice Japanese knife from Bowery.

                            Since I was so busy, the most of my time in NEw York was spent in the MArket. I wish I had time to have gone to see more!

                            New Yorkers are some of the nicest people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting!

                    2. the pot pies from that catering place. and eat at Franks awesome!

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                          1. re: jenniebnyc

                            Yep--back in the winter/early spring, actually

                              1. re: Lucia

                                You can get a salad anywhere, any time... if you're from out of town, you can't get Amy's Bread, Ronnybrook Dairy, The Fat Witch, Buon Italia, Hale & Hearty Soups, Chelsea Thai, Eleni's, etc... so readily. Indulge yourself... at least one or twice. Then you can get your salad at Manhattan Fruit Exchange :)

                                1. re: fsd1116

                                  if you skip a lot of the stuff out front at Buon Italia and go to the back and ask them to make you a sandwich or ask what is coming out hot soon you can really get some great items, especially their Porchetta which is amazing especially when its still warm

                                  1. re: jvish

                                    The pasta is generally good, too.