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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

Written by
Amber Sutherland-Namako
,
Christina Izzo
&
Jake Cohen
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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 the area’s art galleries

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  • Chelsea

Chef/partner Ayesha Nurdjaja’s follow-up to the wildly popular Shuka in Soho just opened this past July, and it’s already 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. 

 

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  • Mediterranean
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This is one of a quartet of darling Jack’s Wife Freda locations in NYC, and there are two more in Tokyo. 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. A smattering of wine carafes are $30 and under, and cocktails like manhattans, negronis and aviations are $14. 

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  • Bars
  • Chelsea

One of the coolest bars in the world right now, 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. 

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  • Bars
  • Cocktail bars
  • Chelsea
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The McKittrick Hotel’s secret garden rooftop reopened last summer as lovely and verdant as ever. Fire up your selfie snapping finger and dine among the vines on seasonal salads, steak au poivre, raw bar items and shareable snacks like cheese plates. Cocktails like the Sleep No More (vodka, elderflower, butterfly-pea flowers, citrus and cider) are as colorful as the surrounding flora. 

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  • Seafood
  • Chelsea

The Chelsea outpost of five Seamore’s citywide has seaside vibes and menus, too. Check out its fish and oysters of the day before you visit, or stick to the always available red curry mussels, lobster roll or fish and chips. Happy hour runs on weekdays from 3pm to 6pm when oysters are $1.50, beer is $4, wine is $6 and house mixed drinks are $8.

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  • Bars
  • 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 lubricate those pipes (or at least gather a little liquid courage) with 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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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.

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  • Contemporary American
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Although we can’t help but wonder whether this erstwhile scenestaurant will make it to the incoming Sex and the City reboot, we can always visit to reminisce. Now in its second decade, Carries, Charlottes, Mirandas and (um, maybe separately) 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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  • Israeli
  • Chelsea
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This heralded Israeli pita shop in Chelsea Market is a terrific addition to NYC's Middle Eastern cuisine landscape. The menu is divided between in-a-pita and out-of-a-pita options, though you're going to want to get a sampling of both (especially the whole roasted baby cauliflower).

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