Hello Everyone! I’m starting a new short “series” of posts about different walks that I’ve embarked upon in the city (on a daily basis) and some different activities (most of them involving food) to experience in various parts of Manhattan. This particular post will be about a few different things to do and see in Chelsea and the surrounding neighborhoods (like the Meatpacking District, Murray Hill, West Village, etc.) Chelsea has been my home neighborhood for almost 2 years, and I love it here! This is by no means an exhaustive list of attractions and things to do in Chelsea, but just some of my favorites. In the near future, I’ll post my food photos from restaurants in NYC, but this is just a bit of a teaser all about Chelsea. Do you have any suggestions for neighborhoods to explore or restaurants/foods to try? Let me know in a comment! I hope you enjoy this post and life an adventurous lifestyle!
- The High Line (featured image): Begins at Gansevoort St. and ends at 34th St. It’s an elevated walk above Chelsea and the surrounding neighborhoods, but with lots of nature and a few food carts. It’s a great way to get a beautiful view of Chelsea.
- Chelsea Market: This is one of my favorite places in all of Manhattan. There’s all kinds of food (sit-down restaurants, to-go, and a combination) as well as shops such as Chelsea Market Baskets and Anthropologie.
- Madison Square Park (Chelsea/Flatiron): A great place to sit and relax on a nice day, and there’s a Shake Shack within the park that you can’t miss! If you aren’t in the mood for burgers, there are lots of restaurants nearby and you can bring your food back to the park to enjoy.
- Chelsea Piers/Hudson River Park: Chelsea Piers is a sports complex, but it’s along the water and is a pretty view of New Jersey and the attached park provides a nice walkway along the water. There are lots of benches and grassy areas to sit and enjoy a nice day too.
- AKC Dog Museum: This is a bit farther up by E 42nd St./Murray Hill neighborhood, but if you are a fan of dogs than this small museum is worth a trip! It only takes about 1 hour to go through and is composed of sculptures and paintings of a variety of dog breeds. There are interactive stations where you can learn about specific dog breeds, determine which dog is most like you based on a picture of yourself, and a station where you can teach a dog tricks and basic training skills.
- The Whitney Museum: This museum is underneath The High Line at the very end (Gansevoort St. end) and contains modern and contemporary art, and what is on display changes on a semi-regular basis. If you enjoy art museums but want a fun, new take on art, The Whitney is a great fit for you!
Food (Top 10 Chelsea)
- EATALY (Chelsea): Combines Italian fare with a grocery store/market with all types of Italian foods. Dine at one of their sit-down restaurants within the market, order pasta or pizza at the counter for a quick bite, or grab Italian groceries and make your own Italian inspired meal at home.
- Cookshop (Chelsea): Great sit-down restaurant for weekend brunch or dinner. Our family favorites include the Huevos Rancheros and the French Toast for brunch (with a rotating menu).
- The Park (Chelsea): Another great sit-down restaurant for brunch or dinner. My favorite item at The Park is their pizzas (breakfast pizza) and the 10th Avenue Sunset cocktail. It also serves as a bar and apparently has a happening night scene.
- Gallow Green (Chelsea): It’s kind of hidden and is an amazing rooftop restaurant and bar with beautiful views of the city.
- Le Pif (Chelsea): French wine bar and sit-down restaurant; recommendation: cheese fondue
- The Doughnut Plant (Chelsea): All of the doughnuts are delicious here! But some of my favorites that are always around are the Carrot Cake, Tres Leches, and PB & J.
- Brooklyn Bagels and Coffee (Chelsea): This place is popular and always has a line no matter what time of day it is, but the queue moves pretty quickly and is worth the short wait. Personal favorites include plain or egg bagels, and strawberry, blueberry, or salmon lox spread.
- The Meatball Shop (Chelsea): They have traditional meatball dishes but also make your own meatball plates to customize it to your preferences. They also have an excellent weekend brunch!
- Fonda (Chelsea): This Mexican restaurant serves up my favorite plate of molè; they also have a signature hibiscus margarita. Other great Mexican restaurants in the Chelsea area include Temerario and Mexicue.
- Harbs (Chelsea): Pastry store with classics but also some unique desserts, such as their seasonal Irish whiskey cheesecake.
Food (Outside of Chelsea or honorable mentions)
- The Empire (Chelsea)
- Don Giovanni’s (Chelsea)
- Pepe Giallo (Chelsea)
- The Grainne Cafe (Chelsea)
- Balaboosta (Meatpacking District)
- Santina (Meatpacking District)
- Bubby’s (Meatpacking District)
- Denino’s (Greenwich Village)
- John’s Pizzeria (West Village)
- Murray’s Cheese Shop (West Village)
- The Dutch (SoHo)
- Almond (Gramercy/Flatiron)
- Xian Famous Foods (Flatiron, multiple other locations)
- Tipsy Scoop (Gramercy)
- Big Gay Ice Cream (West Village)