Party Earth Review Originally the site of a Nabisco factory, Chelsea Market is an expansive foodie paradise packed with specialty purveyors, delis, flower shops, bookstores – more than thirty independent businesses in all – and loads of... ... read full review
75 Ninth Avenue
New York, NY 10011
A, C, E, L: 14 Street / 8 Avenue
M–Sa 7am–10pm, Su 8am–10pm
Closing time for individual stores varies; see specific stores for details
Chelsea / Flatiron, New York –
Originally the site of a Nabisco factory, Chelsea Market is an expansive foodie paradise packed with specialty purveyors, delis, flower shops, bookstores – more than thirty independent businesses in all – and loads of salivating customers.
Traipsing down its cavernous hall, locals stock up on dinner ingredients from stores like The Lobster Place and Manhattan Fruit Exchange, while shops like Bowery Kitchen Supply make the market a key destination for local restaurateurs and aspiring Gordon Ramseys alike.
Once shoppers’ arms grow weary with heavy bags, they can relax and sample some of the many ready-made dishes – like the popular fried chicken and matzoh ball soup – on hand at Friedman's Lunch, while parents treat the kids to a cupcake from Eleni’s or an old-school Italian treat at L'Arte del Gelato. Midday sees a wave of neatly-dressed young professionals dashing in to peruse emails over coffee and biscotti at Ninth Street Espresso, though the rest of the midweek scene tends to be relaxed, with inquisitive patrons participating in casual food and wine tastings or just sitting back with a magazine under the paper lanterns dangling from the high ceiling.
Evenings and weekends should be avoided by anyone afraid of a crowd, though exhausted tourists with money to spare can escape the masses by dining at Morimoto, a serene Japanese restaurant near the back of the art deco building. Luckily, it’s free to check out all the photography highlighting the building’s long history, as well as several ornate brass mirrors that provide some chic contrast to the structure’s otherwise industrial tone.
A New York gem, Chelsea Market combines the hustle and bustle of the city with the atmosphere of an authentic European-style market, making it a cultural adventure in every sense (and scents) of the word.
Check out the Artist & Fleas pop-up located in the back of the market at various times throughout the year. There’s a constant rotation of up-and-coming designers and artists selling handmade jewelry, clothes, and lots of original art!
Foodies, aspiring and seasoned chefs, area professionals on lunch, sweet tooths, wine lovers, families with kids, restaurateurs, office dwellers, loads of tourists. All ages.
People watching and food sampling is the name of the game.
A few events are held each week, including sample sales from the boutique clothing stores, food tastings, and wine classes.
Rotating art displays on the walls.
More than thirty shops pedaling fresh produce, meat, seafood, baked goods, desserts, books, newspapers, wine, and more.
Fine-dining Japanese restaurant Morimoto located in back. More budget-friendly prepared meals available at Friedman's Lunch.
From a couple bucks for a quick coffee and dessert to Godzilla Ate My Wallet! at Morimoto, where reservations are strongly suggested.
Anything goes: office attire, jeans, t-shirts, blouses, casual dresses.
Saturdays and Sundays for the biggest crowds or early in the week for a quieter but still busy vibe, as well as a chance to get in on one of the food or wine classes.
Prospective patrons should check the Market’s calendar for an updated list of events.
The High Line (Washington Street and Gansevoort Street, and Tenth Avenue at West 14th Street) is a park located on an abandoned, elevated railroad track that actually passes through Chelsea Market’s second floor. Apart from being a popular garden oasis, the expanse plays host to rotating food vendors, artist displays, workshops, walking tours, and theatrical performances.