From Sushi To The Perfect Date Spot, An Editor's Guide To Chelsea. From Sushi To The Perfect Date Spot, An Editor's Guide To Chelsea. Neha Gandhi. See All Slides. Begin Slideshow I moved to Chelsea about a year ago, and it's the furthest uptown I've lived, in my eight years in NYC. I love my apartment and I really enjoy how conveniently close everything from Trader Joe's and Whole Foods to The Container Store and pretty much all of the subways are (seriously, all within a three-block radius — what more could a girl ask for?). But, I was worried, at first glance, that I wouldn't find the same wealth of great boutiques, bars, and restaurants that I'd always had an abundance of, in Soho, Tribeca, and the LES.
Unless you live in the area, Chelsea can be a tough place to navigate in terms of restaurants. There’s a lot going on in this part of town, and though there are plenty of excellent places to eat, there are also plenty of places to avoid.
That’s especially true when it comes to date night. Chelsea’s proximity to the west side of Midtown and most of downtown make it a great area to meet up with someone you’re planning to romance after work – as long as you know where you’re going. To that end, here are our 8 favorite restaurants for a date night in Chelsea. Good luck out there, and please be on your best behavior. The Spots Cookshop is as reliable as they come when it comes to taking restaurant uncertainty out of the equation on a date.
The food is always excellent, the menu has lots of variety, and the two-person tables aren’t cramped together like so many other spots in this town. Waits can get lenghty, but there’s plenty of bar area for a drink while you wait. Small plates are always a safe bet for date night, and this small tapas restaurant is no exception. Tia Pol has been a neighborhood staple for a very long time, mostly because the food is so consistent.
Just know that this is probably more of a “drinks and a light bite” situation than it is a full on dinner. Do you and your date like to party? Do you also like to eat spoonfuls of quail egg and caviar? Well then, Toro is definitely the place where you are going to fall in love forever. This Boston transplant feels less like a restaurant and more like a dinner warehouse, with tons of tables and seats, and tons of people drinking and having a good time.
The food is really good, but it can get expensive. Yet even more Spanish food. El Quinto Pino used to be a tiny little bar that served food, with something like 14 seats. They recently expanded into the space next door and created what is one of the better date night rooms in the city. The food is always excellent, and make sure to order an uni sandwich. Montmartre has been steadily improving since it first opened a few years ago, and it’s developed into an excellent spot for a first date in Chelsea, especially when the weather is nice and the patio is open.
It’s also ideal for that rare, white unicorn of a situation called a daytime date. If you end up on one of those, have lunch here and then tell us EVERYTHING. That’s right, another Spanish restaurant in Chelsea. Why are there so many in this neighborhood? Pretty sure it has to do with the Spanish colonizing this area back in the 1400s. Salinas is a sexy restaurant, assuming you believe that such a thing is possible, and it has both a retractable roof for warm weather situations and a fireplace for all ten other months of the year.
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French toque Alain Allegretti draws on his childhood in Nice and his partial Italian heritage for this 100-seat French Riviera–inspired restaurant overlooking the London Terrace Gardens courtyard. Call ahead to reserve the intimate booth for two in the back, where you can share treats like escargot or moules frites in private. Start an evening-long outing with a nibble at this small tapas bar; the idea is to graze, drink and chat before heading elsewhere for dinner.
(An adventurous party of two could easily eat every single thing off of the short menu without feeling too gluttonous.) Order a glass of wine from the Spanish list and share a few dishes, such as the cult favorite uni panini.
Every Friday night, the Rubin Museum’s sleek café morphs into the K2 Lounge, offering a special menu of Pan-Asian tapas to kick off an evening of live or deejayed music. Friday nights also include the Cabaret Cinema series: Guest speakers introduce classic films (free with $7 bar minimum) that explore themes found in current exhibitions. Bring a cocktail-curious date to this Meatpacking District venture, a welcome respite from the neighborhood’s velvet-rope lounges.
Pair a few of the shareable appetizers with one of 20 cocktails. We like the Gin & Chronic, a variation on the traditional G&T with the addition of allspice liqueur and whole dried hops. Gauge your companion’s sense of humor at one of the UCB’s weekly shows: If he or she is laughing hysterically during a set by the Stepfathers (Fri 9pm) or Death by Roo Roo: Your F’ed Up Family (Sat 9pm), then you have chosen well. Bonus: Since both tickets and beers can be had on the cheap, you can easily look like a star by picking up the tab.
The creation of the High Line gave quite a boost to Chelsea, which was already an up and coming neighborhood, back in 2006. This architectural marvel, with grass, plants and flowers adorning almost 1.5 miles of an abandoned, old, elevated railroad track, has over the years attracted millions of New York residents and tourists, alike.
An urban promenade or aerial park, the High Line was developed in three stages and was not considered to be a finished work, until 2014. Many of the restaurants in the area have been around for some time. They are part of the neighborhood's fabric. Others were opened as a result of the High Line and the real estate development of both Chelsea and the nearby Meat Packing district.
Bubby's High Line - NYC As you approach the High Line, one of the first things that will catch your eye is a cute, fashionable bistro on the corner. Welcome, one and all, to Bubby's. The inside is quite charming and welcoming. Outside, there's always a few chairs and tables ready for patrons who want to do brunch, al fresco. Brunch at Bubby's, (as well as lunch or dinner), has a bit of a Southern accent. A local landmark, with some tasty down south dishes, Bubby's has been cooking for over 25 years.
Their homemade pies are legendary. Save room for a slice. If you are really too stuffed for dessert, then just take a piece of pie home and enjoy it later on, during movie night on your couch. At Bubby's, brunch features several special plates including the Cheddar grits " breakfast", (two eggs, sausage, Anson Mills grits and your choice of sourdough toast or Bubby's signature biscuits.
Fresh-baked, their biscuits are served with Vermont creamery butter and house-made jam. FYI... did you know that Bubby's makes around 15,00 pounds of jam each year? Their griddle special features two farm fresh eggs, bacon, sausage and your choice of sour cream or sourdough pancakes. Non-traditional, but delish Brunch and lunch offerings include their Fried Chicken biscuit special, with mustard greens and the can't get enough of it Mac n' cheese, topped with herb breadcrumbs and bacon.
Location And Hours 73 Gansevoort Street New York, NY 10014 (646) 300-3853 Hours Brunch Monday to Sunday 8 AM to 4 PM Dinner Sunday to Wednesday 5 PM to 11 PM Thursday to Saturday 5 PM to Midnight Westville Chelsea - NYC At Westville, you can expect to enjoy delicious, well-prepared food at more than reasonable prices.
All ingredients are locally sourced and this a restaurant where even vegetarians can indulge to their heart's content. Westville is renowned around the neighborhood for having some of the tastiest vegetable based creations around. They are so good these dishes will even convert the meat-lovers in your family. Taste-tempting standouts include the plantains with cotija cheese, Brussel sprouts with honey dijon and the artichokes dusted with Parmesan. Very rustic in decor, the restaurant gives off a comfortable, take it easy and relax vibe.
Brunch is served from 10 AM to 4 PM on weekends. Most of the dishes are twenty dollars and under. One of the kitchen's most popular offerings is the poached eggs over kale salad. The sunny side eggs over asparagus with Parmesan, run a close second.
You simply can't go wrong with the baked Challah bread French toast or the fried eggs over turkey hash. They also have a signature egg scramble sandwich that you cannot miss out on. It is served on either a baguette, Portuguese muffin or Rye bread. You can choose from ten different toppings including spinach, fresh herbs, cheese or mushrooms.
They have outdoor seating, as well. Get your veggies on at Westville. Location and Hours 246 West 18th street New York, NY 10011 (212) 924-2223 Hours Monday to Sunday 10 AM to 11 PM Trestle on Tenth - NYC Trestle on tenth is a beautiful restaurant that is inspired by the fields, forests and flavors of chef-owner Ralf Kuettels native Switzerland. Located directly across from the High Line, Trestle on Tenth offers traditional Swiss cuisine with an innovative touch.
The exposed brickwork and rustic décor are hip and on point. There's no corny Swiss chalet type of atmosphere. As far as Chef Ralf is concerned, the hospitable and courteous service is as important as is the food.
He genuinely wants you to feel as though you are an honored guest in his home. Chef's brunch menu is a delight. There is a great deal of variety. The pastries and sweets section includes addicting homemade cinnamon sticky buns, almond croissants and his signature banana stuffed and almond crusted French toast with Rosemary-maple syrup. The Bure-Rosti plate consists of Swiss onion and bacon potato hash with house-made pork sausage, melted cheese and two fried eggs.
Regulars rave about the duck confit hash with poached eggs and sauce bearnaise'. For something different, try the three-herring plate with warm Yukon gold potatoes, apples and onions, an authentic taste of Switzerland. Side dishes are delicious and unique. You will love the gratineed pizokel with caramelized onions and gruyere' cheese. The paprika dusted French fries are out of this world. They are accompanied by a mustard-mayonnaise sauce that is great for dipping. Location And Hours 242 Tenth Avenue New York, NY 10001 (212) 645-5659 Hours Sunday to Thursday 8:30 AM to 10:30 PM Friday and Saturday 8: 30 AM to 11 PM The Tipsy Parson - NYC Brunch, lunch and dinner take on a different kind of style when you enter the intriguing premises of the Tipsy Parson.
Bravo's "Top Chef" Ty-Lor Boring's inventive dishes emphasize seasonal ingredients. This is a very contemporary version of traditional Southern cooking.
The place has a refined but never intimidating vibe. It's almost as though you were invited to dine at the home of a Southern Gentleman and his family. One has wallpaper that depicts books on shelves. The décor does have a funky twist to it. Very visual and quite enjoyable. The motto here is... belly-filling goodness. Morning, noon and night.
And they certainly live up to their claim. Chef Ty-Lor calls his dishes refined comfort food. Whatever description that you choose to use, everything that comes out of the kitchen here is delicious.
Most of the brunch plates come in at well under twenty dollars. These delightful dishes, though, are worth every penny. You might want to start with Chef's famous biscuit bomb, which is outrageous.
It is a buttermilk and chive biscuit that's stuffed with house made country sausage and New York sharp cheddar. Egg selections include the Farmstand, which consists of poached eggs, pesto, seasonal veggies, greens, almonds and breadcrumbs.
The BBQ pork spoon bread is made up of Berkshire pork butt, fried eggs and Carolina BBQ sauce. Another dish that you will want to look into is the mushroom toast with herb ricotta, soft scrambled eggs and kale on grilled potato bread. Sides are usually relegated to a supporting role.
But, Chef's side dishes are worthy of a starring role. The best of the bunch are the red corn hush puppies with pimento cheese, the deviled eggs and the cheddar cornbread with green tomato marmalade. Location And Hours 156 Ninth Avenue New York, NY 10011 (212) 620-4545 Hours Monday-Tuesday 5 PM to 11 PM Wednesday-Thursday 11:30 AM to 11 PM Friday 11:30 AM to 12 AM Saturday 10 AM to 12 AM Sunday 10 AM to 10 PM The Half King - NYC The Half King is a traditional Irish pub with anything BUT an old-fashioned approach to life.
Their brunch menu ranges from classic Irish favorites to New American fare. Brunch, which is served on weekends and Holidays, from 9 AM to 4 PM also includes an expertly made Bloody Mary, Mimosa or Kir Royale with any entrée.
The environs are comfy and cozy. The pub attracts a nice, friendly crowd of regulars, as well as tourists and visitors to the High Line. It's a great place to have a sip and a bite if you are coming from the High Line and want to sit a spell.
Their prices are just right and you can enjoy a very nice brunch and still have some money left in your wallet when you leave. If you are really famished, order the Irish Breakfast which comes with everything but the kitchen sink. Other possibilities include the Fish and Chips, eggs Benedict, a wonderful malted buttermilk waffle, the three egg omelette of the day and a really, really good organic veggie burger.
From time to time, the Half King hosts poetry readings and author's readings of their new books. You might also be lucky enough to catch showings by local photographers. There is always something interesting taking place at the Half King. Location And Hours 505 West 23rd Street New York, NY (212) 462-4300 Hours Monday to Friday 11 AM to 4 AM Saturday-Sunday 9 AM to 4 AM Intermezzo - NYC A classic Italian restaurant, Intermezzo is all about delicious food, great cocktails and a flair for style.
The décor and ambiance are suitable for a romantic date, a business lunch or just an evening out with friends. This is the kind of restaurant that, if you go once, you'll be enthusiastically recommending it to your friends.
Their brunch features a $25 Drink special with (for an hour an a half) unlimited choice of champagne, Mimosas, Bloody Mary's or their signature Raspberry or peach Bellini. Brunch dishes range from pancakes or French toast with strawberries, steak and eggs and a seasonal veggie omelette to a filling but light Prosciutto and Mozzarella wrap that is dressed with basil and EVOO. Other brunch entrees include attender grilled breast of chicken with roasted potatoes, tomatoes and mixed greens and rigatoni pasta with sautéed eggplant.
If you order a la carte, you might want to check out the bar's cocktail list. If you do, go for the Tropical Bass Martini with Chroc coconut, vodka, pineapple juice and grenadine. This drink, which is so very perfect for the Summer, is served in a chilled martini glass. Intermezzo has been a go-to restaurant for families who live near the High Line, for many years, now.
The food and service are reliable and there are no surprises that you can do without. Consistency is the key to Intermezzo's success. Location And Hours 202 8th Avenue New York, NY 10011 (212) 929-3433 Hours Sunday to Wednesday 12 PM to 11 PM Thurs.
Fri. Saturday 12 PM to 12 AM Tablespoon - NYC Tablespoon is a farm to table restaurant that blends old-school culinary methods and traditional values with a passion for creativity. Melissa and her team gain inspiration from the old way of doing things in the kitchen, but they don't live in the past. One of Melissa's joys is taking generations' old family recipes and adding her own spin to them. One thing, though, that will always be in vogue at Tablespoon is the chef's devotion to locally sourced, fresh ingredients.
All of the meats and fish that you enjoy at Tablespoon are obtained from trusted, local purveyors. Whenever possible organic products are incorporated into Tablespoon's dishes. All of the tasty and crunchy fresh veggies and succulent fruits that the kitchen uses come from Mountain Dell Farms, in upstate New York. Melissa and her team have recently re-vamped their brunch menu, making a good thing, that much better. Brunch entrees are fairly priced and the majority of dishes are under twenty dollars.
Their breakfast skillet is so good it will make you forget the skillet breakfasts that you may be used to eating at the big name national chains. The Tablespoon signature skillet is filled with herbed shiitake mushrooms, russet potato hash, seasoned pork sausage and fresh spinach.
And, get this; it's all topped with two eggs and a Parmesan crust. Yum-Yum! Their menu has around a dozen selections to tempt you and make you keep coming back for Brunch. Options range from Eggs Espana (with Manchego cheese and pico de gallo), a delicious bacon, egg and cheese Panini, pan-seared brook trout with grits and a traditional lox and bagel plate to their house Angus beef burger and a lemony Bibb salad.
The greens are topped with feta cheese, artichoke hearts, grape tomatoes and roasted eggplant. You may also complete your brunch with a scone and muffin basket. Tablespoon is a throwback, classic breakfast and lunch place. It is very much a lost part of Americana.
Location And Hours 17 West 20th Street Between Fifth and Sixth Avenues New York, NY 10011 Hours Monday to Friday 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM Brunch Saturday- Sunday 10 AM to 4 PM • • • • • •
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