Just off West 15th Street in the uber-hip Meatpacking District of New York City sits Chelsea Market, a foodie’s paradise, design-lover’s dream, and shopper’s sanctuary, all housed in one historic building.
The building, which is a full block long and a full block wide, was once a factory owned by the National Biscuit Co. Today, its exposed brick walls and passageways pay homage to its delicious roots by housing more than 35 vendors who sell goods ranging from fresh produce to artisanal cheeses to lobster. Delicious, delicious lobster.
Here are 7 reasons we love Chelsea Market:
Did we mention the lobster? Seafood at great prices is what you’ll find at The Lobster Place, which serves fresh Maine lobster tail, lobster rolls, and has a sushi and sashimi bar to boot. To say this place is “popular” would be an understatement, so we suggest an early arrival … very early.
Black truffle salt. The kind you can bring home with you in a cool-looking jar and sprinkle on veggies, eggs and some of the best popcorn you’ve ever had. Drool. The Filling Station is a loveable purveyor of exotic salts, oils, vinegars and scrubs. Just be sure to stock up on the aforementioned truffle salt — it will run out faster than you think. Trust us on that one.
The lights and clock. We’re pretty sure it’s impossible not to smile as you walk through Chelsea Market’s industrially chic corridor, and we’re definitely sure it makes for a great Instagram pic. No filter needed.
Gift-buying at Chelsea Market Baskets. Even if you don’t have a reason to be gift giving, you’ll probably invent one just to snag a few of the amazing finds at this charming store. So don’t be surprised if you walk out of there with a “just because” gift for your great-aunt.
Horchata. Specifically, the sweet, cinnamon-y goodness at LOS TACOS No. 1. Pair with a nopal (grilled cactus) taco on a warm corn tortilla. Delicioso.
People-watching. Attracting locals and savvy visitors alike, Chelsea Market is one of the best places to sit back and take in the hustle and bustle, especially over a glass of wine.
The just-made, bite-sized doughnuts at Doughnuttery are cranked out right before your eyes, then flavored with the sugary goodness of your choosing. A bag of 6 (yes, they really are bite-sized) is the perfect #treatyoself snack, day or night.
So there you have it. What’d we miss? If you’ve been to Chelsea Market, let us know about some of your favorites.