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.

Situated in Chelsea’s Maritime Hotel, Matsuri fills an unusual niche in the Japanese restaurant scene. For starters, it’s enormous, with high vaulted ceilings, oversize paper lanterns, and a lengthy bar.

Culinary moguls Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich bring high-end glamour to the Meatpacking District with Del Posto, a 24,000-square-foot Italian restaurant.

RUB

Short for Righteous Urban Barbeque, RUB is helmed by legendary Kansas City pit master Paul Clark, who grills up tender meat dishes like beef brisket, bacon chunks, and burnt ends at his Chelsea restaurant, and serves them by the pound in metal pie plates and Styrofoam cups.

Opened by Venezuelan native Luis “Lucho” Quintero in 2004, El Cocotero offers guests fresh, authentic Venezuelan cuisine. Start your meal with a tropical juice like parchita or guanabana, and then enjoy some sweet plantains with orange glazed baked chicken and asado negro.

Portuguese-American chef George Mendes’s menu (the most perfect salt-cod croquettes west of Iberia; refined-rustic rice studded with bits of chorizo, olives, and duck confit and cracklings) is a succession of highs.

Located in Chelsea, not far from the West Chelsea Gallery Scene, Bottino's serves Tuscan fare. Inside, the restaurant has mid-century modern decor with white painted brick walls lined with pots of flowers.

Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto brings superb Japanese and Asian fusion cuisine to the Chelsea neighborhood with his trendy restaurant Morimoto.

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.