Chelsea Restaurants

So. Much. Good. Food. Chelsea has loads of great restaurants, from the glamorous flagships of household-name chefs to the neighborhood favorites that give Chelsea its distinct flavor. Read on for a fail-proof guide to the best restaurants in Chelsea. (Photo: The sun-swaddled patio at La Bottega)

Updated: July 31, 2010

Sceney Chelsea Restaurants


Elmo

156 7th Ave, New York, NY 10011

A sexy crowd and vibe are the draw at this neighborhood favorite, although the chic comfort cuisine isn't too bad either.


Cafeteria

119 7th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Welcome to ground zero of the hot Chelsea party scene, open 24 hours a day. Oh, and it has food too.


Morimoto New York

88 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Like the mammoth Kitchen Stadium, "Iron Chef" Masaharu Morimoto's 12,000-square-foot restaurant seems built for show--and his showy cuisine.


Del Posto

85 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Beloved ambassadors of Italian cuisine Mario Batali and Lidia Bastianich are behind this 22,000-square-foot restaurant that attracts foodies and scenesters in equal parts.


Colicchio & Sons

85 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011

The man you know from "Top Chef" runs this lauded restaurant by the High Line, which is split into a casual, craft beer-focused Tap Room and a formal dining room for his meticulous, award-winning tasting menu.


La Bottega

363 W 16th St, New York, NY 10011

With its huge, greenery-lined patio and solid Italian fare, this restaurant at the Maritime Hotel is a great two-hour lunch spot and a classic Chelsea scene on warm evenings.


Chelsea Neighborhood Favorites


Cookshop Restaurant & Bar

156 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Homey, yet often packed with celebs, this spot draws crowds with seasonally driven, conscientiously sourced ingredients.


Red Cat

227 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011

This long-time local fave sets the bar for neighborhood dining, from the flawless service to the always-inspired New American fare.


Klee Brasserie

200 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

This spot's spare European-American cooking and decor appeals to Chelsea art lovers stopping in after a day of gallery hopping.


Trestle On Tenth

242 10th Ave, New York, NY 10001

Swiss-born chef Ralf Kuettel's cuisine mixes European and American at his beloved neighborhood bistro.


Gascogne Restaurant

158 8th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Old-school elegance, a romantic back garden and rich French cooking keep locals coming back to this neighborhood staple.


Viceroy Cafe

160 8th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

A killer happy hour and moderately priced American fare makes this a popular after-work spot.


Suenos

311 W 17th St, New York, NY 10011

This popular Mexican spot is regularly packed with diners due to its refined, artisanal Mexican fare and festive atmosphere.


Rub BBQ

208 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011

One of the city's best barbecue joints, this no-frills neighborhood favorite is worth getting sauce all over your shirt.


Tia Pol

205 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011

A lively crowd fills this tiny brick-lined space for full-flavored tapas and Spanish wine.


202

75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Hidden away in a boutique in Chelsea Market, this semi-secret spot makes a lamb burger that's one of the best in the city, serves a killer brunch menu until 4pm every day, and has sidewalk seating.


Blossom Vegan Restaurant

187 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Everything on the menu at this cute Chelsea restaurant--from the meat- and dairy- free ingredients to the wine and beer--is 100 percent organic.


Chelsea Market

75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

This mecca for foodies has something for every appetite. We like the pulled pork sandwich at Dickson's Farmstand Meats.