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Good food and cocktail bars around Chelsea

Hi Chowhounds,
I was very pleased to find this site.....
My Mum and myself are visiting New York for a fortnight in September - and we can't wait!! We are staying in Chelsea and are looking for recommendations on where to eat and drink around the area. We both love a good strong cocktail and enjoy hearty brasserie style food? We're not looking to spend a fortune on every meal but would be happy to have a slurge on one or two, if you think there's a place that shouldn't be missed?
I'd be very grateful for any suggestions?
Thank you very much in advance!

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  1. Where in Chelsea? What's your price range including tax (nearly 9%), tip (20%), and drinks?

    There's lots of great restaurants nearby in a variety of cuisines, although not that many hearty brasseries I can think of off the top of my head. Perhaps other hounds can chime in.

    In the neighborhood, there's Company (aka "Co.), Txikito, El Quinto Pino, Red Cat, Tipsy Parson, Cookshop, Grand Sichuan, Ovest, Trestle on Tenth...

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/720223
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    El Quinto Pino
    401 W 24th St, New York, NY 10011

    Trestle on Tenth
    242 Tenth Avenue, New York, NY 10001

    Red Cat
    227 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011

    Txikito
    240 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

    Tipsy Parson
    156 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY 10011

    Ovest
    513 W 27th St, New York, NY 10001

    1. You might like Boqueria (Flat Iron) for food and beer/wine. Then a few doors down Flat Iron Lounge for great cocktails. Mt wife and I did that combo a few months ago and had a great time. I suggest visiting their websites.

      http://www.boquerianyc.com/
      http://www.flatironlounge.com/

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      Boqueria
      53 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011

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      1. re: takk

        Flatiron Lounge is good but might be a bit too far west dependent on where the OP is staying. I love the drinks there, though, and the atmosphere.

        Rye House is nearby as well but can get rather crowded.

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        Flatiron Lounge
        37 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011

        Rye House
        11 W 17th St, New York, NY 10011

      2. If you are interested in a kitschy americana feel, definitely check out Trailer Park Lounge on 23rd between 7th and 8th. It's super cute, laid back, and they've got lots of fun cocktails, including flavored margaritas. I go here with my mum too!

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        Trailer Park
        271 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011

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        1. re: asegg

          I haven't been myself, but Trailer Park is not the first place that comes to mind when I think of "hearty brasserie style food"!

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          Trailer Park
          271 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011

          1. re: Blumie

            I've been, and it's certainly hearty, as in artery-clogging. But brasserie-style...no. The food isn't very good, and neither are the drinks. That said, it's an enjoyable place to knock back a beer & some fries and admire the trashy decor, if you're in the area already.

        2. Markt is a Belgian restaurant on 6th Avenue and 21th Street. I definitely would describe their menu as "hearty brasserie style," and they have a wonderful selection of Belgian beers. (I can't attest to their cocktails, as I think I've only had their beers!)

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          Markt
          676 6th Ave, New York, NY 10010

          1. Thanks for the ideas guys. We're staying with a friend of a friend on W23rd/9th. Budgeting around $30 (including tax/tip) excluding drinks; a bit more for dinner of course. Thinking about a day trip also to the Hudson Valley Food and Wine festival - has anyone been? Thx, Jen

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            1. re: ausjen

              The Hudson Valley Food & Wine Festival is in Rhinebeck, not Manhattan (as I'm sure you know), so you should ask about it on the New York State board.

              1. re: ausjen

                You'll be right in my neighboorhood then. I'd definitely second the recommendations for Co. and Txikito, already mentioned here. Both are very good and will be a one-minute walk for you.

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                Txikito
                240 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001