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Best restaurants in Chelsea

stuffmyfacefool Dec 11, 2009 12:05 PM

Hey! Just moved to chelsea from the east side. I love a lot of the restaurants near here, like the fatty crab, and gradisca. So many of the restaurants here though are touristy (i.e. spice market, pastis, etc.)

Where are the greatest little spots to eat while also avoiding the tourist mobs??

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    JeremyEG Dec 11, 2009 12:07 PM

    You may not be able to avoid the mobs but Txikito is one of my favorites in the neighborhood. Especially at the bar. How about Grand Sichuan? Also Cafe Grumpy for coffee.

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      stephaniec25 Dec 11, 2009 04:58 PM

      Soccarat Paella Bar is amazing (check my spelling on that, though)
      Le Zie
      Grumpy for coffee as said above

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      1. re: stephaniec25
        newfoodie Dec 12, 2009 01:43 PM

        I love Soccarat! The Arroz Negro is amazing. And I believe that their wine bar next door should be opening any day now.

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        JeremyEG Dec 12, 2009 07:53 AM

        Also Murray's for bagels.

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          rrems Dec 12, 2009 12:28 PM

          O Mai is a superb upscale Vietnamese that gets a mostly local clientele.

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            edwardspk Dec 13, 2009 08:55 AM

            El Quinto Pino is a great little spot for tapas. Company is also a great spot for pizza. Don't forget Scarpetta for Italian. Red Cat is also solid.

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              LargoRobby Dec 13, 2009 03:25 PM

              The Red Cat
              La Nacional
              Tipsy Parson is new and getting lots of buzz
              Socarrat Paella Bar
              El Cocotero for Venezuelan. Not fancy, but good arepas and patacon.

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                mallomars Dec 13, 2009 04:45 PM

                I second Soccarrat, Company, O Mai and Le Zie. I would also add: Gascogne an amazing french restaurant with a beautiful garden in the back perfect for brunch (when it isn't 5 degrees); and Tia Pol for tapas

                1. re: mallomars
                  kenito799 Dec 14, 2009 08:53 AM

                  and the izakaya next to Tia Pol is nice too

                  1. re: kenito799
                    foodie4life Dec 14, 2009 09:53 AM

                    Hey, welcome to the neighborhood! I would like to 2nd/3rd Red Cat, Murray's, Soccarat, Scarpetta, Tia Pol, Txikito, Co, Cookshop
                    For something a little different, try Blossom vegan restaurant. I actually really like Morimoto too, though maybe that falls in the "touristy" category. Boqueria is great for tapas.

                    I don't think O Mai is anything special.


                2. re: LargoRobby
                  feynmix Feb 23, 2010 07:07 PM

                  Very good list. I like El Cocotero a lot. Very reasonable prices, a huge extensive menu, and good atmosphere.

                  I would also add:
                  The Green Table in Chelsea Market
                  Cafeteria (probably a few tourists, but its a good brunch spot and is always bloody packed)
                  Empire Diner
                  La Bergamote - Not a restaurant, but a fantastic bakery.

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                  brooklynmasala Dec 24, 2009 11:16 AM

                  Izakaya Ten is fantastic.

                  1. LeahBaila Feb 24, 2010 06:15 AM

                    Tipsy Parson
                    The Corner Cafe (for the most amazing bagels)
                    Da Andrea
                    The Donut Pub
                    Rare Bar & Grill (opening soon)
                    Grand Sichuan
                    Billy's Bakery
                    Amy's Bread (Chelsea Mkt)
                    Tre Dici
                    Friedman's Lunch
                    Wafels & Dinges


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