Foodies, look no further: Chelsea Market is a gourmet mini-mall where every ingredient is at your fingertips. Once the Nabisco headquarters, this 22-building complex became Chelsea Market in 1997. The building fills two entire blocks between 9th and 11th Avenues and 15th and 16th Streets. Upstairs, you can find office space for numerous media and broadcasting companies, like the Food Network, the Oxygen Network, and Google. With its fluorescent lighting, hardwood floors, and high ceilings, Chelsea Market is right at home with the trendy warehouses of the Meatpacking District.
The real draw for visitors is the retail concourse, which spans the bottom floor at 9th Avenue. Amy's Bread is one of the largest storefronts as well as one of the most popular shops in the market. The selection of breads ranges from rosemary to black olive to simple baguettes, and with the tempting smells emanating from the kitchen, it's impossible to leave without buying a loaf. Dickson's Farmstand offers an organic and grass-fed selection of meats, while Lucy's Whey sells a diverse selection of handmade cheeses. You can find a number of ethnic food choices, too: Buon Italia sells authentic Italian delicacies, like olive oils, charcuterie, and pasta, and Chelsea Thai has both a Thai grocery and a selection of meals for takeout.
There are also plenty of places to stop for a meal, and with the regular influx of locals, tourists, and neighborhood professionals, Chelsea Market is an ideal locale for lingering and people watching. Most of the shops have small tables outside of their storefronts, which creates an outdoor atmosphere in the industrial corridor. Friedman's Lunch offers classically delicious American food, including favorite sandwiches like the pastrami reuben and the spicy mac n' jack. Stop for a crepe at Bar Suzette or an organic salad at One Lucky Duck. For more upscale dining, choose Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto's Japanese restaurant Morimoto, Stephen Starr's Asian fusion Buddakan, or Mario Batali's trendy Italian spot, Del Posto.
Don't forget about dessert, either. For the chocoholics out there, Fat Witch Bakery is home to seriously addictive brownies, and Jacques Torres makes some of the most renowned handcrafted chocolates in the city. Eleni's sells charming cupcakes and cookies – all hand-decorated and almost too pretty to eat. Whether you're shopping for tonight's dinner, or meeting a friend for lunch, you'll be sure to find the food you're craving at Chelsea Market.
- Monday through Friday: 7am to 9pm
- Saturday: 7am to 7pm
- Sunday: 8am to 6pm
- (Individual store hours vary – see website for details)
- Subway Stop:
- A, C, E, or L train to 14th Street and 8th Avenue
- Location: 75 9th Avenue (Between 15th and 16th Streets), Manhattan, NY
- Website: www.chelseamarket.com