In a few short years, New York's Chelsea has gone from fringe neighborhood to gallery hub. Here is T+L's guide to the area's best galleries and restaurants

By Travel & Leisure
June 15, 2009

With more than 200 galleries, Chelsea has plenty of variety. Here, eight of them that feature everything from paintings to sculpture, videos to installations.


  • Matthew Marks Gallery
    521 W. 21st St., 522 W. 22nd St., and 523 W. 24th St.;
  • 212/243-0200;

Paula Cooper
521 and 534 W. 21st St.;


Fashionistas are flocking to nightlife queen Amy Sacco's first restaurant.
461 W. 23rd St.; 212/366-0404; dinner for two $90.

Billy's Bakery
Retro bakeshop with pies and cupcakes galore.
184 Ninth Ave.; 212/647-9956; dessert for two $5.

Bombay Talkie
A Bollywood sound track sets the mood for modern Indian street food.
189 Ninth Ave.; 212/242-1900; lunch for two $30.

The art world's favorite gathering spot, with no-nonsense Italian dishes.
246 10th Ave.; 212/206-6766; dinner for two $100.

Empire Diner
Twenty-four-hour hangout catering to gallery-goers at noon and club kids at 4 A.M.
210 10th Ave.; 212/243-2736; lunch for two $45.

La Bergamote
The next best thing to a Parisian pâtisserie.
169 Ninth Ave.; 212/627-9010; dessert for two $12.

Small space; big Vietnamese flavors.
158 Ninth Ave.; 212/633-0550; dinner for two $50.

Parish & Co.
Globally inspired American cuisine, mostly organic and naturally grown ingredients.
202 Ninth Ave.; 212/414-4988; dinner for two $60.

Tía Pol
A bite-sized tapas bar.
205 10th Ave.; 212/675-8805; dinner for two $50.

Wild Lily Tea Room
Sleek spot for Japanese afternoon tea.
511A W. 22nd St.; 212/691-2258; tea for two $25.