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Time Out Love New York Awards 2014: Chelsea & Hell's Kitchen

A local’s guide to Chelsea & Hell's Kitchen. Here are the area’s top local stores, bars, coffee shops, music venues and restaurants.

By Time Out contributors, edited by Vivienne van Vliet
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Time Out readers have spoken, and below are the venues they named their absolute favorite in Chelsea & Hell's Kitchen. So the next time you’re in the area and in need of food, drink or retail therapy, make a beeline for these places and you won’t go far wrong.

For more great things to do in Chelsea check out our full Chelsea guide.
For more great things to do in Hell's Kitchen check out our full Hell's Kitchen guide.

The winners

Cookshop, restaurants
Cookshop, restaurants
Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nels

RESTAURANT: Cookshop

Restaurants American Chelsea

Cookshop presents the ideal combination of great American food, prepared by Chef Marc Meyer, warm hospitality and meaningful design to west Chelsea. At the heart and soul of Cookshop lies the owners’ commitment to bringing an honest seasonal dining option to New York City coupled with an exceptional beverage program.

Café Grumpy
Café Grumpy
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

COFFEE SHOP: Café Grumpy

Restaurants Coffee shops Chelsea

This direct-trade roastery and café sources beans from Costa Rica, Guatemala and El Salvador, then grinds and brews them one cup at a time. During warmer months, snag a seat in the brick-walled backyard garden.

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Artists & Fleas, stores
Artists & Fleas, stores
Photograph: Fumihiko Sugino for Artists & Fleas

STORE: Artists & Fleas (Chelsea Market)

Shopping Boutiques Chelsea

After two successful stints inside Chelsea Market (one in 2011 and another in early 2012), this temporary shop will be back for a third round. More than 50 local designers and retailers will be hawking a mix of eclectic apparel ($25–$500) and accessories ($48–$375) from brands such as Cynthia Rybakoff and Naturevsfuture. Vendors rotate every few weeks, but we recently spotted 1970s vintage felt fedoras ($78) from Brooklyn Blue Vintage, Naturevsfuture wool coats ($498) and Vale Jewelry triangle-stone rings ($375). Also look for quirky goods including Golly NYC lightboxes ($250) and patchwork denim vests ($75).

BAR: Bathtub Gin

Bars Cocktail bars Chelsea

The conceit of this saloon may seem a bit tired: Yes, it's another hidden Prohibition-style speakeasy, this one showcasing a copper bathtub at its center. But the drinks list was created by fresh talent on New York's cocktail circuit—mixologist Sean Muldoon of Belfast, Ireland's lauded Merchant Hotel bar. Choose from his creations, like the Maiden's Prayer (gin, Cointreau, orange and lemon juices, egg white) and the Melancholy Punch (rum, falernum, pineapple and lime juices, ginger, black cardamom, sparkling water). To eat, find comfort-food small plates, such as fried oysters or mini burgers.

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MUSIC VENUE: Highline Ballroom

Music Music venues Chelsea

This West Side club, next to a Western Beef grocer, is perfect on paper: The sound is top-of-the-heap and sight lines are pretty good. The bookings are also impressive and often feature children's music acts.

The runners-up

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The full list of winners by category

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