I’m nearing my 3 year anniversary as a Chelsea resident, and could not have enjoyed living in this growing westside neighborhood more. There are so many little and under the radar spots here that I have loved discovering and making my own. Read on for my own personal Chelsea neighborhood guide with my favorite local haunts for coffee, a quiet dinner, and everything in between.
Intelligentsia Coffee – Tucked away in The Highline Hotel, Intelligentsia is my go-to spot for excellent coffee and a cozy atmosphere. During warm weather months, they also operate a little coffee truck in the front courtyard so you can enjoy your latte in the sunshine.
Red Cat – My all-time favorite dinner spot in Chelsea, Red Cat is both an NYC classic and a neighborhood gem. To this day, I have still not been able to recreate their sauteed zucchini with pecorino and almond appetizer, even though I’ve tried my hardest. Don’t miss the tempura fried green beans with spicy mustard, and sit at the bar for the best seats in the house.
Porteno – This little Argentine wine bar has been my local watering hole for years. Malbec, empanadas, and the cozy window counter make it a no-brainer for drinks after work, or a vino nightcap at the end of a fun evening.
Sullivan Street Bakery – Some of the best bread I’ve ever had comes from this tiny cafe on 9th Avenue. Grab a loaf to take home, or sit at the counter for a cappucino and a light breakfast of arugula, poached eggs, and their softly toasted bread on a weekend morning.
Forager’s City Grocer – Part organic grocery, part restaurant, and part take-away, this corner shop strives to support the little guys. Their prepared foods section is marvelous (they do a mean grassfed roast chicken), and I love stopping in the shop to see their selection of local artisan goods. Dinner at the restaurant is delicious as well, and features healthier options that are perfect for January resolution-keeping.
Co – For some of the best pizza that NYC has to offer, look no further than this neighborhood gem. The pizzas are small, thin crust, and feature fresh local and seasonal ingredients, and they also serve a mean meatball appetizer and rotating selection of fresh salads and crostinis.
Rocket Pig – You know that when a sandwich shop only serves one kind of sandwich, they had better be nailing it, and that is 100% the case with Rocket Pig. The name of the game is melt-in-your-mouth smoked pork, which is served on a soft roll with onion jam and whole grain mustard (with pickles and housemade hot sauce being optional). Don’t miss this spot.