Chelsea Market in NYC is paradoxically current. Between the ever-changing food options, pop-ups and sample sales, there is always something new. But the building itself, which is arguably positioned in the Meatpacking District rather than Chelsea, is more than 100 years old. It’s a New York icon, for sure. If you have never been, or simply haven’t been in a while, there’s a lot worth checking out. It’s one of the best food halls in NYC, and is considerably one of the best places to go shopping. From great comfort food spots to one of Manhattan’s best wine stores, here are the best places to visit in Chelsea Market right now.
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Best places to go in Chelsea Market, NYC
Be warned: This recurring pop-up comes and goes, but when the shop is open, it’s the perfect place to find something local, handmade and one-of-a-kind. The temporary store showcases independent designers and artists, curating the perfect mix of home goods, fashion, and accessories. It will return August 21-27 and September 11-17 in Chelsea Market’s large event space. (idpopshop.com)
Anthropologie has long been a Chelsea Market staple, offering a mix of fashion, home decor, shoes and much more. For beauty addicts, the cosmetic aisle alone is worth checking out. Anthropologie’s natural beauty and wellness shop features all the best non-toxic brands such as RMS, Sunday Riley, Olio e Osso, small organic companies and big names like Eve Lom and Mario Badescu.
This buzzy wine-bar serves an impressively wide variety of wines, plus beer and cocktails, but the food menu comprising lunch, dinner and various lite bites is not to be overlooked. Take your pick of bar staples such as tapas and various cheeses, or go for some interesting home-made popcorn flavors. There are special events, classes and a blind happy-hour vino tasting every day. It’s the perfect place to expand your wine-knowledge and palate.
What’s a better treat than a hot, fresh-prepared doughnut? The classic American delight gets a twist at this particular spot in Chelsea Market. Munch on popular selections such as powdered or cinnamon sugar and glazed doughnuts, which you can pair with coffee and hot or cold cider. Doughnuttery also offers unique flavors including maple and bacon, matcha, edible flowers, Sriracha and lime and fruity pebbles. There’s certainly something for everyone here. (doughnuttery.com)
The Filling Station offers an eco-friendly way to find high-quality and interesting kitchen staples like oil, salt, vinegar and beer. Specializing in local and imported products, as well as rare infusions, The Filling Station sells cold-pressed EVOO, ghost pepper or truffle salts as well as craft beers. The shop also offers a 10% discount on refills when you bring in your emptied jar or bottle. This is a great way to cut back on waste and elevate your cooking. (tfsnyc.com)
This stand offers hand-pulled noodles in a variety of different sauces, soups and spices. There are traditional Shaanxi flavors of lamb and beef, as well as a vegan option of mock duck. The length of the patrons waiting in line is rivaled only by the length of the noodles themselves—each bowl features noodles that are epically long. Don’t be afraid to bite into the biang biang noodles and break the thread, and be sure to stick around to watch the pulling and slapping of the dough. (chelseamarket.com)
Forget the 99-cent dried and packaged ramen from your college years—this Korean spot is serving up a unique and flavorful twist on the Japanese noodles. The menu features Korean style ramen, kimchi and small plates, which you can wash down with iced teas, Asian beers and soju for a unique fusion experience. It is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. (mokbar.com)
Looking for one of those only-in-new-york food concepts? Takumi Taco, the Japanese inspired Mexican food stand, is perfect when you want something a little unconventional. Offerings range from spicy tuna or Japanese curry beef tacos, to a charred corn salad with shisito peppers and nachos with yuzu guacamole and sake sangria. (takumitaco.com)
Lobster Place functions as a great store for DIYers to buy fresh seafood. There are even comprehensive kits for lobster dinners, clambakes and a raw bar for folks new to seafood preparation. Lobster Place also provides freshly prepared food such as steamed Maine lobsters, omakase sushi and amazing lobster rolls, which prove you don’t have to leave the city for the East Coast summer staple.
Feeling sluggish? Look no further than Chalait. The matcha-focused cafe will help you get your caffeine fix with its array of coffee, matcha, and hot or iced tea options. There is also a food menu providing healthy-fuel in the form of raw energy balls, muesli, sandwiches and salads. Between the miso butter tartine, and the chimichurri avocado toast, Chalait is the ideal spot to vamp up your basic morning order. (chalait.com)