Chelsea, NYC neighborhood guide

Our guide to Chelsea, NYC includes the best places to eat, drink, shop and things to do in the neighborhood

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There are many incredible things to do in Chelsea, NYC, but the area is hands-down one of the best places in New York to explore art. Aside from all the experimental Chelsea art galleries, food-obsessed folks can enjoy scrumptious meals from restaurants serving rare bites like mac-and-cheese spring rolls. The neighborhood’s nightlife scene is also ace, offering great speakeasy bars as well as dives. Plus, lovers of flea markets can peruse antiques and bric-a-brac at outdoor and indoor markets such as Artist & Fleas. Although the Chelsea gay scene has become commercialized, you can still find some worthwhile gay bars.

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How do I get to Chelsea, NYC?

You can take the 1, E or F train to the 23rd Street stop and walk to Ninth Avenue.

What are the most popular attractions in Chelsea, NYC?

You can't say that you've visited Chelsea, NYC without walking the High Line. The verdant, elevated promenade offers great views of the neighborhood—a mix of industrial landmarks and gleaming new structures—and passes through the old loading dock of the former Nabisco factory, which now houses the eateries and shops of Chelsea Market, another one of the nabe's most popular attractions. During the warmer months, the High Line hosts awesome (and free) events such as live music and dance performances.

Time Out tip:

Salumeria Biellese (29th St and Eighth Ave) is my favorite Italian deli in Manhattan. They make their own meats—everything from guanciale to luganega to lamb prosciutto—which they provide to top restaurants in the country as well as in their humble deli. These guys love food. They have a sandwich called the Valdostano—a chicken parm sandwich made with alfredo sauce. One day, I asked what would be the upcharge if they added a slice of fresh prosciutto. The guy looked at me, saw me for the innovator I am, and said, "Good idea. The whole thing is on the house." Half a mortadella and provolone sandwich is $5.50. A whole mortadella and provolone sandwich is $5.75. That should be a law in NY.” — Rocky Rakovic

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Things to do in Chelsea, New York

The best things to do in Chelsea
Things to do

The best things to do in Chelsea

The best things to do in Chelsea include exploring art, lounging in greenery, eating mac-and-cheese and bar hopping

The best hotels in Chelsea
Hotels

The best hotels in Chelsea

Put yourself right in the action of several hot New York ‘hoods when you stay at the best hotels in Chelsea, NYC

The best Chelsea restaurants in NYC
Restaurants

The best Chelsea restaurants in NYC

New York’s best Chelsea restaurants include high-profile oyster bars, fine-dining spots and barbecue joints

The best Chelsea galleries
Art

The best Chelsea galleries

These mainstays of Chelsea’s gallery scene offer the best in contemporary painting, sculpture and more

The best Chelsea shops
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The best Chelsea shops

The retail scene in Chelsea offers cool vintage threads, designer menswear, antiques markets and more

The best bars in Chelsea
Bars

The best bars in Chelsea

Whatever your poison of choice, Chelsea is brimming with quality drinking options

The Chelsea Market in NYC guide
Things to do

The Chelsea Market in NYC guide

Everything you need to know about Chelsea Market—NY’s hot spot for food lovers and shopping addicts

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4 comments
Victoria L

Great area especially for millennials. Moving? Check out furnishr.com 

Helen M

MY LOVELY AREA CHELSEA

Sui P

There are also so many great hair and beauty salons to book in a paper with when you are in Chelsea: LookBooker (www.lookbooker.co) has just launched in Chelsea and basically every salon is on there and you can compare them and make online appointments

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