Now, you know that here at TFW we love a good food market and one that sits at the top of our list is Chelsea Market in Manhattan’s meatpacking district. Providing welcome sustenance to worn out shoppers or hungry workers (google has now opened up over the road) Chelsea Market offers a wonderful array of foods from around the world to suit all tastes and dietary needs. Spanning an entire block, the market occupies the former National Biscuit Company factory (fun fact – this is where the oreo was originally sandwiched) offering an indoor home to over 35 vendors whilst providing its customers respite against the whims of the winter weather.
A particular highlight was Beyond Sushi, owned by Guy and Tali Vaknin, which offered a wide array of wonderful vegan and mostly gluten-free sushi. The flavours were incredible and the reasonably priced meal combinations enable you to try a great mix of their very comprehensive offerings. Carnivores and pescetarians – don’t let the vegan description put you off. These beauties were equally loved by the vegans and meat eaters in our group. Particular favourites were La Fiesta (a black rice, avocado and pickled jalapeño roll) and Spicy Mango (black rice, pickled vegetables, avocado and cucumber). The rolls are served with individual sauces, which were tailored to complement the sushi perfectly.
The market itself is a great space to wonder around. Its industrial roots are retained, whilst the exposed brick walls offer a home to an eclectic range of art and curios.
For typography fans, the vendors’ signs are worth a visit alone.
In amongst the hustle and bustle you can get a great coffee from Ninth Street Espresso (located next to the barbers!) and dare we suggest a little something from Doughnuttery to go with it. Yes, that’s right. There’s a doughnuttery.
When you are visiting a city, I always think that the way to tell what your favourite restaurant was is to see which one you go back to on your last day. That place that, even though you are running around trying to fit everything in, you absolutely have to go back to and try again. On this trip to New York that place was Chelsea Market and, in particular, Beyond Sushi – although for some of us the number one spot in the market may have gone to Los Tacos No.1. But that’s the great thing about food markets – there is something for everyone. It just so happens that Chelsea Market meets this brief particularly well.
The facts: Chelsea Market is located at 75 (th Avenue (between 15th & 16th Streets) NY, NY10011. Their opening hours are Monday-Saturday 7am-10pm and Sunday 8am – 9pm. Their website is here and their twitter handle is @ChelseaMarketNY