From the Chelsea Hotel, a brisk fifteen-minute walk towards the Meatpacking District in the South, will bring you to a more fashionable landmark; if you have worked up an appetite that’s great because you have arrived at the most hipsterific indoor food court in town – the Chelsea Market!
Housed in the former National Biscuit Company factory and birthplace of the first Oreo cookie, everything here is set to pamper your taste buds – the only problem is to decide. Perhaps it will help if you take some time to walk all the way to the back (and it may take some time for the temptations are grand and hard to resist): amazing seafood from the Lobster Place, freshly baked bread and quiches from Amy’s and cookies from Eleni’s. Spices and tea and a gift basket shop, cookware and various corners with all kinds of food; and great coffee at the Ninth Street Espresso bar (follow your nose).
But the Chelsea Market isn’t just about food: Google and YouTube (and free wi-fi) are in the building! A designer sales space; a Helmut Lang sample sale was being set up – too bad it wasn’t open yet. And an excellent barber in a corner shop at the back, where you can have your beard trimmed and come out looking like a star of the hipsterati, which makes the pricey 25 dollar bill seem like a small token for the honour. Gentlemen, in your bookmarks please: Decatur & Sons. You’re welcome!
New York, 09th June 2014
Photography: shared credits (Konstantinos & Lia)