Housed in the former National Biscuit Company factory building where the Oreo cookie was created, this is one of the indoor largest food halls in town.
It’s busy in the morning and at lunchtime with local office workers grabbing coffee or a sandwich, and later in the day and on weekends for dinner or brunch.
This is also the place to pick up fresh and gourmet ingredients to take home, such as fresh seafood from The Lobster Place and fresh cut meat, an array of cheeses at Saxelby Cheesemongers, which works with some 50 local cheese mongers.
Appropriately for the old Meatpacking District, there’s an old-fashioned butcher shop here, too, where you can get steaks cut to order, along with house made sausages and the chutneys and mustards to go with them, at Dickinson’s Farmstand Meats.
Cappone’s Salumeria offers salamis and cheeses from Italy, especially from Sicily, fresh-baked bread, and thick sandwiches.
We also like MOKBAR ramen shop that combines traditional Korean soups with fresh Japanese ramen for a unique pan-Asian noodle experience.
As the name might suggest, the menu at the Green Table is based on sustainability, with seasonal and local products that don’t drain natural resources. Dishes include soups, salads and entrées such as a vegan hot pot or chicken potpie. Wash it down with organic and biodynamically grown wines, beers and hard ciders, or cocktails made from house-infused liquors.
Chelsea Market is not just food.
Browse the shops and stalls selling affordable gifts, vintage clothing and records, and also kitchenware, including an outpost of Bowery Kitchen Supplies and Posman Books, one of the city’s best independent bookstores.
A short distance from Chelsea Market, this food hall is far less frenetic or crowded, making it ideal for grazing.
We like Mission Ceviche for Peruvian ceviche and Gotham Poke for a Hawaiian-inspired poke bowl, and Big Gay Ice Cream for a ginger-beer shake.