Thought it might be easier to list some of my favorite restaurants by location as people usually ask me for recommendations for one or another part of town (of course, I still have my overall favorite list in another post with more lengthy descriptions).  This is the first and will follow with other neighborhoods I frequent.

  • Chelsea Market – 75 9th Avenue – the old Nabisco factory covers an entire block has been transformed into a upscale food court, fish market, butcher, wine store, bakeries and kitchenware haven. Most days it is mobbed with tourists, but it is still a spectacular dining hall, where you can get a whole steamed lobster, Cambodian hero, , San Diego-style taco, or farm-to-table meal at a sit-down restaurant, lunch counter, or wine bar.
  • Del Posto – 85 10th Avenue – Bastianich Italian Palace.  Glamorous, expensive, and very good (food and wine).

  • L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon – 85 10th Avenue – Joël Robuchon (unfortunately he has passed away) was a master craftsman of beautiful, whimsical bites of modern French cuisine. This grandly designed venue still serves the same wonderful food.   Eater says it all calling them ” an upscale chain restaurant”, though most of them hold at least one Michelin star.  An example of one of the courses below!!!

  • Momofuku Nishi – 232 8th Avenue – David Chang’s Italian / Korean hybrid restaurant with dishes so creative you can’t believe they are that yummy.
  • Morimoto – 88 10th Avenue – Massaharu Morimoto’s NYC restaurant with beautiful modern decor and creative dishes.  Chose the Omakese and leave your decisions in the chef’s hands.

  • Rouge Tomate – 126 W 18th Street – located in an 19th Century reclaimed horse stable.  Focuses on seasonality, sustainability and health conscious food.  Has a large bar area, great food, and interesting and unique wine list.
  • Sullivan Street Bakery – 236 9th Avenue – began in SoHo, moved to Hell’s Kitchen, and now opened another bakery in Chelsea.  This one is larger, with a place to eat their wonderful Roman-style pizzas (including potato and zucchini toppings), pastries, creative panini’s …
  • Sushi Seki Chelsea – 208 W 23rd Street – another excellent Japanese restaurant, though atmosphere is lacking a bit, where you need to order the omakase.

  • Toto – 85 10th Avenue – Boston chef and owners – Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette’s tapas bar offering 60 traditional and modern tapas dishes.  Don’t miss the octopus or the killer cocktails.
  • Ushiwakamaru -362 W 23rd Street –  chef owner Hideo Kuriba, is excellent.  The sushi bar is the place to sit, but no matter where, order the (you guessed it) omakese.

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