Friday, February 1, 2013

NYC Bites: Chelsea Market

I remember about 10 years ago when the Chelsea Market was opening up.

It was in a lonely neighborhood of big factory warehouses and auto repair shops on 9th Avenue near 15th Street. Who is going to come down here?

I couldn't imagine why people would want to flock here to buy food.

Well, I was wrong, and I guess that's why I am not an innovator or product developer.

This is the hottest neighborhood on the planet, underneath the Highline and a block away from the trendy Meat Packing District in NYC.

The Chelsea Market is housed in the old National Biscuit Company Factory (Nabisco), which was a wasteland of nothing for years.

Food pioneers Mario Batali and Lidia Bastianich opened up their upscale DelPosto in 2006, as part of the 10th Ave. row of restaurants, and the Food Network offices are upstairs and many of their shows are filmed here.

The building is filled with high quality vendors. Sort of an upscale urban food court.
Artisan cheese mongers; florists; coffee roasters; and a great wine shop. All under one roof.

You can sit down in any number of places and have lunch or an early dinner, as most of the places close at 8 p.m.

I try and get to Chelsea Market at least once a month to buy my meats at Dickson's Farmstand (which I posted about here before) for the best (but pricey) organic and local meats you will ever taste this side of Texas.

Their burgers are ridiculous (pricey at $6. a patty, but so worth it) with bacon already in the mix.
Fry them in a pan and toast a Thomas' English Muffin. No cheese needed.

Amy's Bread was one of the first vendors to occupy this building, originally set up as their wholesale bakery and then started selling their delicious breads to retail customers.

Where do I buy all my wholesale commercial baking sheets and wooden spoons?
Bowery Kitchen Supply.
They've been supplying restaurants and chefs w/ pots and pans on the Lower East Side long before Chelsea became hip.

You say you need a whisk?

Get in line for Hale & Hearty Soups at lunchtime, because this place serves the most delicious soup in the city.

There is a fabulous discount Italian specialty grocery called Buon Italia, which I have been going to long before Eataly opened.

From salumi to truffles, to handmade pastas to the best anchovies from Italy, and for every single type of balsamic vinegar from Modena. Here you will find every Italian product imaginable, and for a good price too.

To end the day, don't forget to stop in Jacques Torres Chocolatier, where you will find his famous chocolate chip cookies, which I ate in the car on the way home and a cup of the best hot chocolate.

Chelsea Market is a must stop if you are visiting NYC.

Chelsea Market
9th Ave. (between 15th & 16th St.)
New York, NY 10011


Susan said...

Hi Stacey,
Thanks so much for reminding me I need to go back to Chelsea Market. It's been years and I can see there are a lot more shops open. I do remember Amy's breads as being fabulous!

Tracy S said...

Love Chelsea markets too, one great spot to add- the Tippler, a bar right underneath all the shops. Drinks are $$ but really worth it. My friends and I go after work- try the Gin and Chronic, it's a blend of gin and hops and a bunch of other great stuff.

Ciao Chow Linda said...

I remember rushing over to Chelsea market on my lunch hour when I worked in the city, then catching a subway back and hoping my boss didn't notice I'd been gone for 1 1/2 hours. I have't been there in at least six months. Time for another fix at all those places you mentioned, and the gelato store there too.

Janet C. said...

Chelsea Market looks incredible! I definitely will put it on my list of places to visit next time I get to NYC.

In the meantime, the links you provided for Bowery Kitchen Supply and Buon Italia are much appreciated. Until I get to Chelsea Market, at least I can order from these terrific places!

Joanne said...

Considering that I live here, I really don't get over to Chelsea Market enough!

Dana said...

Randy and I did a quick run-through last time we were in NYC, but I need to go with a local who can point out the best stops. I can't wait for you to visit, so many great places in the Bay Area too!

Bites from life with the barking lot said...

Beautiful photographs Stacey. Reading it makes me miss a city. Any big city that has a few stores! The snapshot of the burger has my stomach rumbling. Happy Superbowl Sunday to you and H.

Proud Italian Cook said...

I got to get there one day for sure, I'll meet you at Bowery's then we'll go for lunch!