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The best restaurants in NYC's Chelsea

The neighborhood's finest restaurants and bars include a secret garden rooftop and a speakeasy-themed underground spot

Amber Sutherland-Namako
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Like most New York City neighborhoods, Chelsea, on Manhattan’s west side between about 6th and 11th Avenue and 14th and 34th Street (though those boundaries are sometimes called into question!) has changed over the years in myriad ways. For one, restaurants and bars come and go. But one thing is certain, Chelsea still has many excellent places to eat and drink the next time you’re strolling the High Line or checking out art galleries in the famed nabe. 

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Best Chelsea restaurants in NYC

  • Chelsea

Chef/partner Ayesha Nurdjaja’s follow-up to the wildly popular Shuka in Soho opened in July of 2021, made it to our list of that year's best restaurants, and it’s still as buzzy as the original. Tables are hard to come by, but you can still grab a spot outside of primetime hours to dig into salt cod dip, grape leaves, joojeh chicken and steak kebab along with beer, wine and spritzers. 

 

  • Mediterranean
  • Chelsea

This is one of a five of darling Jack’s Wife Freda locations in NYC. Walk-ins are encouraged for rosewater waffles at breakfast, duck bacon, egg and cheese sandwiches at lunch and fish a la plancha, chicken schnitzel and sirloin steak at dinner. 

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  • Eating

Rangoon expanded from its highly-regarded Brooklyn location to Manhattan in 2022. Burmese disco fries, fried chicken and grilled lemongrass pork meatball skewers are among small plates, with cinnamon chicken curry, tea leaf fried rice and oodles of noodles among the larger options. 

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  • Chelsea

One of the coolest bars in NYC and beyond, La Noxe is speakeasy-inspired from top to bottom, replete with an intimate subterranean location and discrete exit into the 28th Street subway station. Squeeze into the 600 square-foot space, settle into a sumptuous love seat and sip a tipple or two before you saunter back out into the night. 

  • Lounges
  • Chelsea
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With a name that evokes classic showbiz lounges, a space that looks a little like a spaceship from the 70s and karaoke-style tunes that might bring you back to any decade, Sid’s sure is a time warp. And its live piano karaoke has been known to attract some real talent, so sip a little liquid courage via beer, wine, and more cocktails than most karaoke spots have on offer, before you take the stage. 

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  • Bakeries
  • Chelsea
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Sullivan Street Bakery's "thoroughly Roman" menu includes chocolate, cream, or jam bomboloni, square slices and all manner of sandwiches. Casual seats are available inside and out. 

  • Contemporary American
  • Chelsea
Cafeteria
Cafeteria

Although we can’t help but wonder whether this erstwhile scenestaurant will make it to the incoming third season of the Sex and the City reboot, we can always visit to reminisce. Now in its second decade, Carries, Charlottes, Mirandas and Samanthas can still pile in to ponder life’s greatest mysteries over eggs any way, big salads, burgers, four kinds of mac and cheese and–you guessed it!– cosmos.

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  • Mexican
  • Chelsea
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Order tacos and quesadillas with aguas frescas at this colorful stand in bustling Chelsea Market. Although Los Tacos No. 1 now has sevral NYC locations, this was the original. 

  • Israeli
  • Chelsea
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Another Chelsea Market favorite, this is Israeli pita shop Miznon's first US address. Choose from "in a pita" options like the falafel burger, or "out of the pita" plates like ratatouille, whole roasted baby cauliflower and overnight brisket. 

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