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The Gastronomic Delights of NYC’s Chelsea Market

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With an excellent public transport system and the ready availability of car hire, New York is easy to get around. But remember, whether you’re there for business or pleasure, a trip to The Big Apple is not complete without a visit to the internationally renowned Chelsea Market.


Located in Manhattan inside the old National Biscuit Company factory – where the Oreo cookie was born and raised – the two block complex has become a haven for NYC gastronomes and tourists alike.


Chelsea Market, New York City

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Pasta from Giovanni Rana Pastificio & Cucina

A family-owned firm, the Giovanni Rana pasta company has been on the go since the late 1950s, and the Chelsea Market location is their first American premises. Known throughout Europe for their fresh product and a chain of eateries, 75 9th Avenue is the realisation of the founder’s childhood dream.


Smart but welcoming, the trattoria is decorated with simple furniture, exposed beams and scrubbed brick walls. Different in theme and style from the European ventures, which are fast-casual affairs, the Italian menu is an expansion that focuses on, but is not limited to, the famous fresh pasta. As well as the restaurant the unit has a small shop – A Casa Mia, which sits in the corner and sells Italian cooking staples – and a takeaway area from which you can buy fresh pasta to take home, or a pasta meal to take away. 



Gluten free from Friedman’s Lunch

With an inventive and seasonally changing menu, Friedman’s Lunch serves comfort food at sensible prices. Not only that, but nearly everything on the menu is either gluten free or can be made so. They advertise gluten free bread, a dedicated fryer and separate knives to assure diners that no trace of gluten will make its way into their meal.


Simple, vintage and rustic decorations make it a welcoming location for breakfast, lunch or dinner, and the daily specials, as well as a well-chosen range of beers and wines, can help to make every meal an occasion.


Chelsea Market, New York City

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Sandwiches from Dickson’s Farmstand Meats

Everything you buy from Dickson’s will have been sourced from one of three small farms in Update, New York. The business makes all of its own roast beef, bacon, ham and sausage at the Chelsea Market. A self-described minimal waste butcher, they try to use every part of the animal in their artisanal meats. This leads to some fantastic combinations, such as the beef naval pastrami served with apricot and celery chutney; all the condiments are also made on site.


The beauty of Dickson’s is that their commitment to providing humanely-raised produce from sustainable farms means that they can tell you everything about the source of your sandwich filling. Grass-finished or grass-fed, heritage breed and organic; you will feel truly connected to the source of your meal at Dickson’s.


Chelsea Market, New York City

 Image Copyright Marco Derksen



The Best of the rest

The worst kept secret of Manhattan is the sandwich shop inside the Bowery Kitchen Supplies Chelsea Market unit. As well as the gadgets, tools and must-have appliances that every kitchen – commercial or residential – needs, this not so well-hidden gem is also the place to pick up a deli sandwich. Specialising in the four P’s – pork, prosciutto, peppers and provolone – it is open Monday to Friday, 11am until 4.30pm.


Grab a toasted artisanal cheese from Lucy’s Whey, pick up a pressed sandwich from Amy’s Bread, or choose a buttery French pastry from Sarabeth’s kitchen. But, no matter where you choose to sate your appetite, make sure to stop off at L’arte Del Gelato, tucked away at the back of the market, for a palette cleansing gelato.


Have you ever visited the Chelsea Market in New York? Share your best find below!

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12 Responses so far.

  1. Ah – it’s so early, but all this talk of sandwiches is killing me! I’ll be back in the States at Thanskgiving and i’ve never visited the Chelsea Market, it’s not going top of my list.
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  2. Going to New York on Friday and I will definitely visit Chelsea Markets. Some good tips here for a few lunch places, I might try one of them :)
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  3. Milene says:

    Oh this looks absolutely great!!! I´ll definitely take a look once I´m in NY! Thanks for sharing =)
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  4. May says:

    Am off to New York soon. Will have to go and check these out.

  5. I live in NY and I am sad to say I still have not visited the Chelsea market. Adding that to my list of things to do this weekend :D

  6. Gen says:

    Did you seriously drive to Chelsea Market??? No one drives around NYC! Where would you suggest parking, a nearby garage at $25/hour? I’m sorry I think this is a very poor suggestion for a tourist. As a local, I do love Chelsea market– which restaurant did you dine at?

    • Nienke Krook says:

      Hi Gen, thanks for your comment. I didn’t visit the market myself as you could read in the first line of the article (have never been to the US unfortunately), but would love to hear your tips on the best way to get there and what restaurants to visit! Did you visit any of the above? Did you enjoy them? Thanks for letting me know!

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