Chelsea

Restaurants in Chelsea

Named for the flavor-packed crust that forms on the bottom of the paella pan, this small spot embraces Spanish culinary traditions—from the menu to the long communal tables. One tip: As good as the crispy potatoes, spicy chorizo, and other tapas look, don’t fill up on them.

Though little more than curved counter and an assembly line of La Marzocco machines, this Chelsea Market cafe quickly serves some of New York's best-reviewed espressos, cappuccinos, and coffee drinks.

La Bottega Italian restaurant in Chelsea is a surprising find, being housed in the lobby of the Maritime Hotel. The funky trattoria is tiled in white, with borders of bottles, baskets of oranges, and hanging salamis, while brown leather banquettes surround the free pool table.

This smartly decorated Japanese restaurant and bar with an Irish-pub feel benefits from its location in the heart of Chelsea’s gallery scene.

Even from the exterior, it’s obvious that Pop Burger is no ordinary burger joint.

Bombay Talkie, in Chelsea, focuses on two delights from Indian culture: street food and Bollywood. The clean lines of teak wood and black leather and the gallery-style white walls allow for a great display of Bollywood-inspired canvases; one huge mural shows an Indian street dance scene.

Inside Manhattan’s Meatpacking district sits the massive, 16,000-square-foot Buddakan, an Asian fusion restaurant, in what used to be a Nabisco cookie factory.

The Big Apple has become a barbecue battleground lately, but our award for the smokiest, juiciest cue goes to this big raucous space that seems to have been airlifted from Texas, lock, stock, and smokehouse.

Located in Chelsea, Tia Pol serves hearty tapas and Spanish cuisine. Wide front doors open into the small, brick-walled bar and restaurant; above the bar, there is a selection of Spanish wines.

Sister restaurant to the Harrison, this Chelsea hotspot was established by chef Jimmy Bradley in 1999. Red and white barn siding lines the interior, where wooden furniture and vibrant local art are illuminated by large hanging lanterns.

Residing in a Flatiron townhouse, the fish and seafood edition of Laurent Tourondel’s BLT franchise (others include BLT steak in Midtown and Gramercy's BLT prime) features walnut tables, an open kitchen, and a retractable glass roof on the third floor.