The shops at Chelsea Market offer many things: jewelry, clothing, books, kitchenware, and, most importantly in our minds, enough dining options to please everyone from the casual luncher to the most discerning foodie. Here are a few of the best eateries the eclectic west-side strip has to offer.
Los Tacos No. 1
You can easily locate this taco stand by the perpetually long line stretching from its authentic, Tijuana-style façade to the main thoroughfare of the market. These are arguably the best traditional Mexican tacos in the city making them more than worth the wait.
Each bite of these delightfully crusty Asian sandwiches melt in your mouth before you’re hit with the satisfying crunch of fresh veggies and the tang of spicy chili mayo sauce. You can’t go wrong with anything on this menu full of unique and unforgettable flavors.
The Lobster Place, Inc.
Seafood that’s as fresh as your new kicks. Crack a lobster, shuck some clams, peal some shrimp, or shoot some raw oysters at this affordable market within a market.
Ninth Street Espresso
With beans sourced from specialty farms around the globe and knowledgeable baristas serving a very limited menu of beverages, you can tell before your first sip that it’s not your average cuppa. Great after eats or to invigorate yourself before wandering the market.
L’Arte del Gelato
This is the real deal. Anyone who has spent a hot Summer in Italy will immediately feel nostalgia for the relief of a perfect melon gelato; anyone who hasn’t will enjoy it just the same.
Beneath the bustle of the market, this historic watering hole is a great place to sip on cocktails and relax after negotiating the heavy crowds above. Exposed brick, local relics, and a dark, moody atmosphere contribute to a bohemian vibe that is a perfect way to end your visit.