Inhabiting the former Nabisco factory that occupies an entire city block between 9th and 10th avenues from 15th to 16th Street, Chelsea Market is West Side Manhattan’s favorite food court. Perusing the market’s bustling main artery, it’s hard to decide which of the 40 unique vendors to try. These are our favorites:
Savory, quick and inexpensive, the food at Los Tacos No. 1 is a major crowd-pleaser. Starting at $3.25 the hand-made tacos, tostadas and quesadillas come stuffed with fresh vegetables and sauces along with your choice of steak, chicken, pork or grilled cactus—yes, cactus!
Los Tacos No. 1. Chelsea Market, 75 9th Ave, New York, NY. (212) 256-0343
One of Manhattan’s best fish markets, the Lobster Place is packed with freshly caught oysters, jumbo scallops and tuna steaks, but most come for its most famous dish—the steamed lobster. Served no frills with melted butter, lemon wedges and a bib, these Maine lobsters don’t need any fancy additions to make them some of the tastiest in the city.
The Lobster Place. Chelsea Market, 75 9th Ave, New York, NY. (212) 255-5672
Shake Shack may have revived the burger and milkshake craze in NYC, but Creamline perfected it. Applying the farm-to-table model to fast food, Creamline sources all of its ingredients from local farmers and purveyors. The result? The tastiest burger, fries and shake combo around.
Creamline. Chelsea Market, 75 9th Ave, New York, NY. (646) 410-2040
What would a 21st Century NYC food court be without a proper donut dive? Doughnuttery handcrafts its signature mini donuts in assembly line fashion each day in front of a bustling crowd at its cozy outpost. From the savory (cheddar cheese, corn, jalapeno) to the sweet (lavender, pistachio, vanilla) there’s a flavor here for everyone.
Doughnuttery. Chelsea Market, 425 W 15th St, New York, NY. (212) 633-4359
After all this food, you’ll definitely be ready for a drink. Head downstairs to The Tippler. Located in the cellar below the market, this bar has a speakeasy vibe and plenty of New York character, with reclaimed water tower wood and rails from the neighboring High Line incorporated into its decor. The cocktails are reasonably priced by NYC standards at $13 a pop. Even though you’re not in Brooklyn, try the Williamsburg Whammer—combining rye, campari and yellow chartreuse to great effect.
The Tippler. Chelsea Market, 425 W 15th St, New York, NY. (212) 206-0000