Just above the West Village and right below Hell’s Kitchen, Chelsea is where downtown style and uptown affluence meet. Chelsea’s warehouses near the Hudson River host hundreds of cutting-edge, world-renowned art galleries. To the east, Chelsea is more residential, with some of the most sought-after high rises, lofts, and townhouses in New York City. While sartorial, architectural, and culinary fashions are the order of the day in Chelsea, this neighborhood also has a popular nightlife scene.
The Breslin Bar & Dining Room The third project from Ken Friedman and chef April Bloomfield offers the most perfect dining experience. Del Posto Owned by Mario Batali, this restaurant has become the city’s top destination for refined, upscale Italian cuisine. The clubby dining room, serenaded nightly by a twinkling grand piano, feels like the lobby of a very opulent grand hotel. The John Dory Oyster Bar An April Bloomfield and Ken Friedman understated knockout. Tall stools face a raw bar stocked with a rotating mix of East and West Coast oysters, all expertly handled and impeccably sourced. True to form, the rest of Bloomfield’s tapas-style seafood dishes are intensely flavored.
Chelsea Market In an old, restored building, this marketplace hosts a variety of vendors, including bakeries, Italian grocery stores, a fish market, Manhattan Fruit Exchange, wine store, and many others. The High Line An elevated rail line original built through Chelsea in 1847 that has now been converted into an elevated urban park. Pike’s Opera House Built in 1868, and bought the next year by James Fisk and Jay Gould, who renamed it the Grand Opera House. Located on the corner of Eighth Avenue and 23rd Street, it survived until 1960 as an RKO movie theater.