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Chelsea (Market) Lately

Ziggy41 Feb 23, 2014 02:43 PM

Navigating through the tourists at the Chelsea Market during lunch time should be an Olympic event. The Chelsea Slalom. Opening the door somehow without letting an entire large polish group in and losing your family as a result requires some sort of an online course.

Took my family to an all day Chelsea Market eating yesterday...

Los Tacos - The more I eat those little adobada tacos the more I like them. Tacos on the small side when you compare to what you get at the bodegas but they are deadly good. I see many tourists fill the tacos with salsa and all other free goodies on display, killing all the flavor.

Dicksons - Loving the pastrami sandwich with apricot chutney here. Fatty in all the right places, like slow dancing with your SO. Hotdogs are great as well

Giovanni Rana - Good meaty Cappelletti al Prosciutto, an ok Spinach Mascarpone Ravioli, formerly Girasole, a dish with an identity problem. The worst Carbonara I ever had. No flavor whatsoever, and doubt any eggs were used, barely any pepper. I hinted to the water, ok more than hinted.. I flat out told him this sucks. He explained that they trained the cooks to make it the way they make it in the region where they are from. Too funny. Or sad. Even if they make Carbonaras in Veneto (I don't recall seeing any), I doubt it resembles this.

Liddabit chocolate chip cookie with caramel - Awesomeness!

Museum of the City of NY, history of Graffiti, Sandy, Central Park, yada yada yada...

Cull and Pistol for dinner - Long Island Clam Toast as good as advertised. Uni Tagliatelle, best pasta in the building. Rich, sweet, squid ink with some squid and cherry tomatoes. Not sure how it compares with the behemoths like Marea but this simply rocked for us. My oldest (13) swore against squid ink pastas when she tried it in Venice but liked this.

Love the $25 fries with lobster roll ;). Small but filling lobster roll with a LOT of fries which are more memorable than the lobster. Perfectly cut, nicely seasoned and addictive. Good roll but not a value play. Kids enjoyed the hefty fish (hake) and chips. All washed down nicely with the refreshing Gator Beer 2.0

L'Arte del Gelato - if there's better hazelnut gelato in the city, I didn't have it yet.

Other favorites lately... Num Pang - Peppercorn Catfish. Lobster Place - Chirashi (the big one for $25 or so, so so good)

  1. coasts Feb 23, 2014 02:53 PM

    stopped in at Ronnybrook today for an off-menu affogato. excellent, as always.

    took home some steaks from Dicksons and some fruits and veggies from Manhattan Fruit Exchange. their apples are the best. never had a bad one.

    1. k
      kathryn Feb 23, 2014 03:46 PM

      Nice day of eating!

      1. t
        thegforceny Feb 23, 2014 04:06 PM

        Your family must be as big as the Duggars to eat all that. Love that your 13 yo has such a conviction about squid ink pasta! Manhattan kids are The Best.

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        1. re: thegforceny
          Ziggy41 Feb 24, 2014 06:18 AM

          Duggars, not so much. Two girls (13, 12), one wife. My 70 lb youngest can eat with the best of them, especially steak.

          We actually live in Staten Island but dont hold it against me.

        2. Ttrockwood Feb 23, 2014 04:40 PM

          I'm really impressed you braved the weekend crowds for so long! If i go weekends its a hit and run for what i need.... Sounds like you guys found some good eats!

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            mrnyc Feb 23, 2014 06:12 PM

            love sushi from lobster, its a staple to go. we ate the same as you at c&p and enjoyed it as well. that said, not a fan of anything else you mentioned. somebody mentioned ronnybrook, love them as well. i shop a lot at the exchange & italian market, but thats about it for me.

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            1. re: mrnyc
              Ziggy41 Feb 24, 2014 06:13 AM

              The sushi is great indeed, but the menu is a little confusing. Chirashi bowl is $16 on the menu but if you sit at the counter they serve you a $26 or so bowl. Besides the soggy flavorless octopus, this bowl was one of the best things I ever ate at CM

            2. Ziggy41 Feb 24, 2014 06:07 AM

              What are the other musts at Ronnybrook. Somehow I've never set foot after all those years.

              I actually dont mind the crowds so much. Los Tacos lines are normally quick, and we didnt encounter much of a wait anywhere else. In contrast, Gotham West is a very lonely, empty place and I sure hope it changes soon before this thing fails.

              One big plus for families - No internet (at least for AT&T). I knew there's WiFi but neglected to mention until the end. We actually had a conversation, with very minimal Floppy Birding here and there.

              For such a touristy place, there are plenty of good eats at CM IMO

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              1. re: Ziggy41
                Ttrockwood Feb 24, 2014 06:56 PM

                Ronnybrook chocolate milk, yogurt (love!!)and their milkshakes and ice cream....they have savory foods now too but haven't tried them.

                1. re: Ttrockwood
                  coasts Feb 25, 2014 07:13 PM

                  in addition to trockwood's suggestions, which i full agree with, Ronnybrook sells a decent fresh mozzarella. the chocolate milk is something else, as are the milkshakes, but i haven't braved the cooked dishes.

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                BuildingMyBento Feb 24, 2014 10:33 PM

                Num Pang's decent, but because they're slowly sprouting up in Manhattan, I wouldn't waste a visit to Chelsea Market on them.

                1. financialdistrictresident Feb 25, 2014 05:25 PM

                  Ziggy41, thanks for the report.

                  Have not been in ages.

                  Reminiscing about Sarabeth's Kitchen (homemade English muffins, apricot orange marmalade, lemon curd) and Amy's bread (love the olive twists), Manhattan Fruit Exchange, Chelsea Wine Vault . . .

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