Best Chelsea restaurants in NYC
With four-star ambitions and prices to match, the cavernous restaurant has become nothing less than the city’s top destination for refined, upscale Italian cuisine. The clubby dining room, serenaded nightly by a twinkling pianist on a grand piano feels like the lobby of a very opulent grand hotel.
Txikito (pronounced “chi-KEE-toe”), whose name is a Basque term of endearment meaning “little one,” single-mindedly celebrates the small-plate cuisine of the country’s most culturally distinctive—and gastronomically blessed—region. Lounge while you wash down a few pinxtos with some Basque cider.
The Italian-Korean hybrid from David Chang has one of the most eclectic menus in the neighborhood. Start with a light and bright appetizer before jumping into the array of house-made pastas and roasted or grilled meats. If you can't pick just one noodle, opt for the four-course pasta tasting.
It’s calm, comfortable and the kind of place you can settle into and stay a while. The wide granite bar, topped with wee bowls of radishes, draws a mix of art lovers seeking refreshments and diners waiting for a table, but you’re free to order from the American-Mediterranean menu right where you are.
This heralded Israeli pita shop in Chelsea Market is a key player in the renaissance of Middle Eastern cuisine in NYC. The menu is split up between in-a-pita and out-of-the-pita, though you're going to want to get a sampling of both (especially the whole roasted baby cauliflower).
Tucked in the back of the seafood section at Chelsea Market, this cozy nook nods to two types of lobsters: a cull lobster, which has only one claw, and a pistol lobster, which has no claws. Diners can tuck into heaping platters of seafood at snug, wooden tables in the narrow-but-warm dining room.
Three California transplants dole out casual Mexican eats like tacos quesadillasto be enjoyed with one of their homemade aguas frescas at this colorful stand in Chelsea Market. Decked out with hand-painted signs, it's a popular choice for casual bites any time of the day.
The bread emporium from acclaimed dough puncher Jim Lahey isn't just for carb lovers. The Italian-accented menu offers paninis, salads and morning egg dishes all with the same attention to detail as every loaf. The best part is you can pick up a baguette for later when you're done eating.
Looking to eat close to the High Line?
Fuel up before you amble along the green space—or fill your belly after a day of exploration