From Harlem to the Financial District, there’s no denying that Manhattan has a wealth of diverse and exciting neighborhoods, but few hold quite the allure of Chelsea. In addition to its central location, Chelsea has long been a haven for creatives, boasting everything from world-renowned galleries to terrific restaurants and shopping. If you find yourself in the neighborhood for a day, make sure to check out these area highlights:
Order breakfast at Sullivan Street Bakery: If you want to start your day off right, head over to Sullivan Street Bakery on 9th Avenue for a stick-to-your ribs meal that’s sure to keep you satisfied until lunch. Grab a smoked salmon tartine, a Greek yogurt parfait, or just one of the bakery’s delicious breads and pastries, in addition to a great cup of coffee.
Check out a show at the David Zwirner Gallery: Want to expand your cultural horizons this weekend? Head over to the David Zwirner Gallery. This celebrated 19th Street arts institution is home to work from some of the world’s most famous artists, with exhibitions from everyone from Josef Albers to Charles White to James Welling going up this winter and spring.
Have lunch at Okuda: When you’re ready for lunch, head over to Okuda on 17th Street. This kaiseiki restaurant is home to amazing high-end Japanese fare, served via tasting menus sure to please any palate. Even if you’re particularly peckish, you’re sure to leave satisfied, despite the restaurant’s small plates—you can get a nine-course meal here, after all.
Take a stroll along the High Line and check out the local architecture: One of the best things about Chelsea? The access to green space. While the neighborhood is replete with parks, few compare with the High Line, a former elevated railroad-turned-walkway that runs from the Meatpacking District through the western edge of Midtown. And better yet, the High Line is surrounded by some of the city’s most unique architecture, from low-slung red brick buildings to futuristic luxury condos, like the Zaha Hadid-designed modernist masterpiece 520 West 28th Street.
Grab some gifts at Chelsea Market: Looking to commemorate your time in Chelsea with a few souvenirs for yourself or friends? Look no further than Chelsea Market. Whether you’re picking up a bottle at Chelsea Wine Vault, some housewares at Artists & Fleas, or treats at Fat Witch Bakery, you’re sure to find the recipients of your generosity grateful.
Spring for dinner at Cookshop: Round out your tour of the neighborhood’s eateries with a meal at Cookshop on 20th Street and 10th Avenue. This modern American eatery has been widely praised for its use of farm-to-table ingredients, as well as its chefs’ culinary prowess. Start your dinner with burrata with melted leeks, chives, and olive oil, enjoy a cornmeal-crusted skate for your main course, and round out your meal with a sweet treat, like apple cider donuts or a warm oatmeal cherry skillet cookie.
Order a nightcap at Porchlight: If you want to round out your day in the neighborhood, end your festivities with a nightcap at Porchlight. Whether your poison is a Seven & 7 made with black tea and homemade citrus soda or a passionfruit Pimm’s Cup, you’re sure to find your new signature drink here.
New York is home to countless amazing neighborhoods, each boasting their own charms, but few have the charm of Chelsea. Whether you live in the area full-time or are just visiting for the weekend, make the most of your weekend with these exciting activities, all sure to make you eager to explore the neighborhood further in the future.