If art really isn’t you scene (or even if it is).
New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood is the art district of Manhattan. With tons of galleries featuring both up and coming artists as well as already established ones, there’s no limit to the amount of art you can feast your eyes on. However, if art really isn’t you scene (or even if it is), we’ve got a list of things and places you have to check out if you’re ever in this West Side neighborhood…
Must See: Chelsea Market
Even if you’re not a foodie, if you’re in the area, Chelsea Market is a must see. Not only is it an urban food court, it’s also a shopping mall, office building and television production facility all rolled into one. They have a huge selection of different cuisines so no matter what you’re craving you’re sure to find it here (boozy milkshakes anyone??). You can also get a little shopping done as they have multiple rotating vendors who make anything from custom jewelry to specialty nail art. The crowds can get pretty large so if you’re feeling crowded, grab something to go and walk a few blocks over to the High Line for an impromptu picnic.
Park: The High Line
One of New York City’s most popular attractions, the High Line is the only elevated park in Manhattan. Formally a railroad track, this 1.5 mile long strip has since been converted into a wonderful park, with beautiful views of the city. There are multiple access points to get up there, running from Hudson Yards to the northern edge of Chelsea. It has tons of seating and grassy areas all along it, and even a few restaurants and food stands. In the summer they do a lot of special events like star-gazing or yoga, so watch out for those!
Hit Up This Bar: The Park
The Chelsea nightlife definitely leaves something to be desired, but if you’re looking for a classy, yet fun place to spend a night out on the town, look no further than The Park. During the day it’s a chic little restaurant complete with fairy lights and towering trees shooting up to the sunroof. Everything about it is insta-worthy, including the food. At night it turns into a retro hotspot with people packing the dance floor or cozying up with a drink by the indoor fireplace. If you head up to their rooftop lounge, you’ll find amazing views of the High Line and the rest of the neighborhood. It’s a great place for large parties of people so if you’re planning a huge get-together this is the place to go.
Chill Out At This Cafe: Cafe Grumpy
After beginning their coffee journey in Greenpoint, Cafe Grumpy has branched out throughout New York City, placing one of their shops in Chelsea. Located on a serene, tree-lined street, the cafe offers an escape from the busy hubbub of Manhattan. The staff is very friendly and the atmosphere warm and community-driven. There are multiple tables and a lovely back patio area that’s open in the summer. Be warned, they don’t have WiFi so it’s probably not the best place to get work done, but if you want a place to sit down with a friend or two and chat the day away look no further.
Must-Eat Restaurant: El Quinto Pino
Did someone say tapas? At El Quinto Pino in Chelsea you’ll find just that. Chefs Alex Raij and Eder Montero offer up a wonderful menu of Spanish cooking full of flavor and heat. Their most popular dish is there uni panini. Yes, uni as in sea urchin. Don’t let that scare you, as the flavors are to die for and it’s definitely a must-try even if you just try it once. While the portions might be a little small for the price, they’re great for sharing. So grab a couple friends and cozy up with a few drinks and a few small plates and you have yourselves a great meal.