From the historic Hotel Chelsea to the ever-evolving art scene, this Manhattan neighborhood offers plenty to see and do — and we’ve picked the best sights, attractions and places to eat. By Alyson Schwartz.
75 9th Ave. (Between 15th and 16th St.)
Chelsea Market is home to over 30 restaurants, food stores and shops, and we have out favorites. Grab a table and indulge in some delicious treats at Amy’s Bread as you watch their bakers whip up their pastries by hand through the glass windows. If you’re looking for something hot, Sarabeth’s Bakery has quite the unique breakfast menu, though we like their pumpkin waffle is the best. The Filling Station sells extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and sea salts all in bottles that they encourage their customers to re-use. (Tip: If you return for a “refill” you will receive a 10% discount).
Jack Shainman Gallery
513 West 20th Street
The Chelsea Gallery Map is a great tool as you plan to visit any of the galleries that the Chelsea neighborhood is known for. Don’t miss the Jack Shainman Gallery.
Artichoke Basille’s Pizza & Bar
114 10th Ave (at 17th Street)
Get a slice from their outdoor window or by the pie inside. They’re known for their namesake artichoke pizza, but we recommend a slice of the Sicilian.
Big Onion Walking Tours
W 23 St (between 7th and 8th)
No need for reservations. Meet in front of the Chelsea hotel for a walking tour that’ll take you to sites associated with Janis Joplin, Dylan Thomas – and the birthplace of the Oreo cookie. The tour also includes the High Line.
High Line Park
Gansevoort Street to 20th Street on 10th Avenue
This New York City staple, located on a formerly abandoned elevated railroad track, offers more than just fabulous waterfront views. The public park built on a 1.45-mile-long elevated rail structure, running from Gansevoort Street to 34th Street, offers public art, family and entertainment programs. Check out their events calendar for more info.
156 Ninth Avenue
This cozy spot on Ninth Ave offers a unique take on Southern comfort. The cocktail menu extends well beyond a gin and tonic. Even the names are fun, like the Figgly Wiggly. For dessert make sure to taste the restaurants namesake, the Tipsy Parson. Tip: If you stop here for dinner, visit the High Line after you settle the check – the nighttime views of the city’s skyline from there are nothing short of spectacular.
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Alyson Schwartz is the author of the blog Ribbons of Thought, which features musings on topics from fashion to NYC living including fun activities, food and unique finds.