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May 3, 2011 08:11 AM


I'll be staying 5 days in Chelsea at the end of May. Have never been to New York City before. I am completely confused by the hundreds of recommendations at Chowhound. I need some suggestions specific to Chelsea ....any kind of food is fine, but I would also love to know what street food is a must do.

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  1. Chelsea Market-- tons of great casual choices (bakeries, yogurt, produce, seasonal popsicles, meat pies, etc)
    Grand Sichuan has good spicy Sichuan food
    Co. (Company) has great pizza
    Cafe Grumpy (awesome coffee)
    Del Posto is more upscale, and has a very reasonably priced prix fixe lunch
    Scarpetta is popular on these boards (never been)

    This is an old thread, but does list many of the greats:
    More recent recommendations:

    Just to help orient you, Chelsea is just north of the West Village (or Greenwich Village), where there are tons of other great casual options (including pizza at Keste, bread from Amy's, cheese from Murray's


    Del Posto
    85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

    Grand Sichuan
    229 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

    Cafe Grumpy
    224 W 20th St, New York, NY 10011

    355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

    230 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

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    1. re: rose water

      2nd all of these. Grand Sichuan and Company don't take reservations and you might be waiting a while at Company. They have a bar, but it's pretty small.

      Highly recommend making a reservation in advance for Del Posto. It's also a four star upscale restaurant, so dress accordingly.

      Scarpetta is also excellent and a bit more relaxed and loud than Del Posto. It also reserves tables for walk-in patrons and you can dine at the bar. It's not cheap but worth the quality. I'd make a reservation if I were you, though, unless you come in early or late on a weekday.

      Del Posto
      85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

      355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

    2. Any cuisines you like more than others?

      Are you dining solo?

      Are you willing to wait for a table/seat at the bar or do you prefer to make reservations?

      What's the price range you're thinking of, before tax, tip, wine/drinks? $20 for a meal? $50 for a meal? More? Less?

      It's hard to make recommendations without knowing a bit more about what you're looking for.

      4 Replies
      1. re: kathryn

        Thanks for the suggestions guys... I will be dining with a friend and don't mind waiting half an hour or so for a table (if I can have a drink while waiting :) I could spend $50 on a meal without wine. I am really interested in casual places not tourist traps. I am thinking delis and bakeries and maybe a good Chinese or Japanes dumpling spot. I will definitely check out the threads suggested by rose water. Didn't realize I was next to the Village so will check that out too.

        1. re: gjoann

          $50 before tax and tip or after?

          Chelsea doesn't have a ton of great Chinese (aside from Grand Sichuan) and Japanese -- I would head downtown for that.

          Where exactly would you be in terms of intersection?

          1. re: kathryn

            I've become a HUGE fan of Legend on 7th avenue and haven't been back to Grand Sichuan since. For me, it's among the best Chinese I've tasted outside of Flushing. Sounds like it might be good for the OP.

            I also recommend Txikito for Basque style tapas on 9th avenue and maybe Co. as well which is right next door. They can both be enjoyed for $50 w/o wine.

            Enjoy your trip!

            240 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

            88 7th Ave, New York, NY 10011

            1. re: JeremyEG

              Legend is terrific for Sichuan, I agree. Plus you can get their kitschy but v good Mekong prawns (a dish carried over from their previous restaurant Monsoon on the UWS) as a foil for the spicy stuff.

      2. You should try Le Maison du Macaron on 23rd Street between 6th and 7th Avenues. Delicious French macarons and other pastries.
        Also on 23rd Street between 7th and 8th Avenues is Doughnut Plant. They are sort of "nestled" outside the Hotel Chelsea. Very tasty doughnuts.

        As for street food: the Souvlaki truck is usually on the NW corner of 21st and 6th next to Trader Joe's. Their souvlaki is ok, but I really dig their Greek fries.
        There is also a really yummy taco truck parked on 19th close to the corner of 6th Ave called El Carrito Rojo. They have delicious tacos.

        Right up the street from them is Boqueria which used to be really good but I haven't been there in a few years so I don't know how they are doing these days.

        Also, it's not technically Chelsea...more like Union Square, but the Big Gay Ice-Cream Truck is usually on Broadway and 17th by the NW corner of Union Square Park. He has some really cool flavor combinations.

        If you are looking for a cool place to have a drink, Flatiron Lounge is also on 19th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues. It's in the middle of the block and from what I recall, doesn't have a ton of attitude.

        Have fun!

        La Maison du Macaron
        132 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011

        53 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011

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

        Trader Joe's
        675 6th Ave, New York, NY 10011

        Big Gay Ice Cream Truck
        , New York, NY 10001

        Souvlaki GR
        , New York, NY 10001

        Doughnut Plant
        220 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011

        1. I recommend Red Cat, it's one of my favorite places. Good food, friendly, great atmosphere.

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