The trendy downtown Manhattan
neighborhood of Chelsea is known for its historic row houses, contemporary art galleries
and attractions such as the High Line and Chelsea Market
. With so many things to do, it comes as no surprise that Chelsea offers great dining options too. We profile the neighborhood’s top 10 restaurants.
Don Giovanni Ristorante
If you are looking for authentic brick oven, thin-crust pizza, look no further than Don Giovanni Ristorante. The menu boasts 22 varieties of pizza that range from classics, such as pepperoni and margherita, to more unconventional pies, such as Hawaiian and Californian. If pasta is more your speed, the options are just as extensive. Fettuccine primavera, linguine alla vongole and lobster ravioli, just to name a few, all come at an affordable price.
Don Giovanni Ristorante, 214 10th Avenue, New York, NY, USA + 1 212 242 9054
Le Grainne Café
Bistro, Cafe, French, $$$
Le Grainne Café
Francophiles will feel right at home in this cozy café. Le Grainne Café’s warm, bistro-like interior is perfect for an intimate dinner during the cold months, while their outdoor seating offers no better place for people-watching in warm weather. Kick back with a cup of coffee and a bowl of bubbling onion soup, one of their many sweet or savory crêpes or maybe their escargot with garlic butter sauce for the truly adventurous, and watch the world pass by.
Le Grainne Café, 183 9th Avenue, New York, NY, USA + 1 646 486 3000
Haven’s Kitchen offers a slice of serenity in this hectic metropolis. It’s the kind of place where you can grab a fresh cup of La Colombe coffee or Bellocq tea while you lose yourself in a book and one of their homemade doughnuts. The crème fraîche coffee cake is also a very popular choice. For something a bit more substantial, Haven’s Kitchen offers sandwiches, soups and salads as well. The space is lined with clean white subway tiles and vintage industrial lights that are sure to lift the mind to new heights when the smog of the city gets you down.
Haven’s Kitchen, 109 West 17th Street, New York, NY, USA + 1 212 929 7900
Bar, Restaurant, Seafood, Italian, $$$
Barchetta is the Italian word for “little boat.” Enter this restaurant and you might actually think you’ve stepped foot on a docked barchetta rather than a restaurant in the heart of Chelsea. This seafood-centric restaurant sports an airy oakwood interior with a seaside flare and a sweeping white marble bar. Try their lamb porterhouse or short rib burger if by land, and buttery lobster roll or fusilli napolitana with mussels and squid ink if by sea.
Barchetta, West 24rd Street, New York, NY, USA + 1 212 255 7400
Good Chinese food doesn’t solely exist in Chinatown, and Grand Sichuan, located right off of the High Line, is a testament to that. Their crab and pork soup dumplings prove that, contrary to popular belief, a good soup dumpling can exist outside of Queens. Their dan dan noodles are equally delicious, and the portion sizes are generous, so bring a friend and enjoy the tastes of Chinatown without having to make the trip.
Grand Sichuan, 229 9th Avenue, New York, NY, USA + 1 212 620 5200
Restaurant, Spanish, $$$
Let Salinas chef Luis Bollo take you on a journey to the Spanish Mediterranean coast without ever leaving Chelsea. The restaurant’s ingredients are locally sourced, but the flavors are anything but domestic. For starters, there are tapas such as braised lamb, popcorn-crusted baby octopus and crispy artichokes served with a lemon aioli when they are in season. Entrees include dishes such as Mediterranean bass, grilled prime rib-eye steak for two, and the raved-about grilled free-range chicken.
Salinas, 136 9th Avenue, New York, NY, USA + 1 212 776 1990
Restaurant, Italian, $$$
Alta Linea has taken rustic Italian cuisine and given it a modern update with the flair and panache one might expect to see from a courtyard restaurant at the High Line Hotel. The menu offers familiar and comforting dishes like crispy artichokes with salsa verde, pork-meatball polenta, and ice cream sandwiches. The food is not the only thing that amazes, though. The tree-lined courtyard itself is an outdoor dining haven, featuring a fountain, umbrellas, strings of tea-lights and plenty of seating to sit back and sip frozen Negronis well into the evening.
Alta Linea, 180 10th Avenue, New York, NY, USA + 1 212 929 3888
Restaurant, American, Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free, $$$
Eating at Westville feels as if you’ve pulled up a chair at your local farmer’s house. The food is fresh and simple and the interior is relaxed and inviting. It’s easy to see why Chelsea residents have truly embraced this restaurant as their own. Westville offers sandwiches, burgers and salads, but where their menu really shines is brunch. They offer dishes such as homemade granola topped with melon and berries, a build-your-own egg sandwich and fresh baked challah bread French toast that’s served with Vermont maple syrup.
Westville, 246 West 18th Street, New York, NY, USA + 1 212 924 2223
The Red Cat
Leave it to The Red Cat to make green beans one of the most popular items on the menu. Their beloved green beans tempura served with sweet hot mustard would be worth the trip alone to this neighborhood establishment, but luckily The Red Cat has so much more to offer. The dining room is lit with rustic lanterns that warm the room and create an intimately electric atmosphere. Lunch options are contemporary takes on casual classics such as fried oyster po’boy and pulled pork sandwiches, and the dinner menu achieves the same sophisticated yet relaxed feel. Dishes include grilled heritage pork, pan-seared bluefish and bacon-wrapped calves’ liver.
The Red Cat, 227 10th Avenue, New York, NY, USA + 1 212 242 1122
Vegetarian food is no longer the bland tofu foodstuff of your youth. In fact, even the most steadfast of carnivores might admit that the options are pretty great now, and one of the fast-casual restaurants here to prove that is Terri. They offer a variety of sandwiches such as portobello pesto, roasted vegetable and the crowdpleaser “meatball” sub sandwich.
Terri, 60 West 23rd Street, New York, NY, USA + 1 212 647 8810