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Feb 16, 2012 03:19 AM

Lunch and early dinner in Chelsea, alone, 2/25

Hi everyone!

I'll be coming to NYC from North Carolina for one night only for a show at the HIghline Ballroom. Since it's such a quick trip, I'd like to eat in the neighborhood. I'm staying near the Highline Ballroom. I'll have time for two lunches (or one lunch/one Sat. brunch) and one casual early dinner before the show.

My fellow Chowhounders were invaluable on my last solo trip to NYC, so I'm trying again. I'm open to a range of ideas for lunch/brunch. Dinner I'll keep casual, since I'm dining alone, although fine dining spots with bars are fine.

Thanks a million -

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  1. The Highline Ballroom is on 16th St, So even though they call it Chelsea you are just as close to W. Village and Meat Market area. In Chelsea, you can go to Tia Pole for tapas and good place for solo dining. You can walk 3 blocks to Pastis , in the meat market and eat at the bar, good oysters, steak frites, steak tartare, across the street from there is Paradou , you can eat solo there and get the foie gras 5 different foie gras tasting, 2 blocks further south yu can eat at the small bar at Recette and get some small dishes of excellent food. If you want a place with a "scene" right there by Highline is Morimoto, you can eat at sushi bar or downstairs at the other bar, lots of action and interestig dishes ( the sushi is not really great) . Or the Standard has good food.

    9 9th Ave, New York, NY 10014

    Tia Pol
    205 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011

    8 Little West 12th Street, New York, NY 10014

    88 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

    Standard Grill
    848 Washington Street, New York, NY 10014

    328 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10014

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    1. re: foodwhisperer

      Thanks so much! I'll report back on my return. I appreciate your help.

    2. For brunch, you're within a short walk of Spotted Pig, Pastis, dell'anima.

      For something more "lunch" like, you can always head to Chelsea Market. Maybe Fatty Crab, Corner Bistro, Artichoke for a quick square slice.

      For dinner, you'd probably be able to snag a bar seat at Scarpetta.

      Overall I'd try to avoid the Meatpacking District area and go either north of 14th and stay near 9th/10th, or more towards the West Village and Hudston St/8th Ave.

      Corner Bistro
      331 W 4th St, New York, NY 10014

      Spotted Pig
      314 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014

      9 9th Ave, New York, NY 10014

      38 8th Avenue, New York, NY 10003

      Fatty Crab
      643 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

      355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

      114 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011

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      1. re: kathryn

        Thanks Kathryn! You helped me last year also -- I took your recommendation on the Breslin for a brunch, and loved it. I think you also suggested Scarpetta last year, and I didn't make it, so I'm going to try for it this time.

      2. Heading north into Chelsea, I highly recommend La Promenade des Anglais, on 23rd, b/t 9th & 10th (closer to 10th) for your early dinner.

        La Promenade photos:

        La Promenade des Anglais
        461 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011

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        1. re: RGR

          Looks beautiful! You also responded the last time I was in NYC alone -- pasted below. You and I were both big fans of La Mangeoire. Is he doing the cassoulet again this winter? :) Thanks so much for your help, and by the way, your blog is also very nicely done. -Sherry

          "Thanks for reporting back, shoneycu! Glad that you were pleased with your choices. I'm especially glad that you enjoyed La Mangeoire. As you may know, 4-star Chef Christian Delouvrier is in charge of the kitchen. We've been there twice and both meals were excellent. We'll be heading there again on Friday. We read that Chef Delouvrier is serving his cassoulet during the month of January, and my husband, the cassoulet addict, has to have it.

          Warmer since you were here? Forgeddaboudit! Another snowstorm is about to hit. But, as you said, perfect weather for cassoulet!"

          La Mangeoire
          1008 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10022

          1. re: shoneycu

            Thanks for the compliment re: my blog, Sherry! :)

            We shared the cassoulet at La Mangeoire last year. Excellent! And Chef Delouvrier is serving it again right now.

            Photo of La Mangeoire Cassoulet:

            Hardly any snow this year (at least, so far) but still enough cold days for cassoulet.

            ETA: If you're going to do Scarpetta for dinner, La Promenade would be a good brunch spot.