New York is famous for its world-class restaurants and farmers market. Another thing Which foodies love to explore in New York is it’s food halls or Indoor food markets. We explored various food options and here is my list of what to eat in Chelsea Market in New York.
Most famous food markets in the New York are Gotham West, Gansevoort and Chelsea market. There are many new food halls that have come up and have great food offerings. As I have very limited time to explore I preferred to visit Chelsea Market.Chelsea Market more than 100 years old very popular Food Market located at 75th nine Avenue. It’s one of the New York famous icons, for sure.
Food options from all over the world, food stalls, takeaway joints, restaurants, choosing food becomes a bit of overwhelming especially when you are a first timer like me. We spent a half day exploring various food options and trying out various food in Chelsea market.
Here are few of my favorite things to Eat inside Chelsea Market in New York. And since I am mostly a vegetarian, I have given options for vegetarian food to eat in Chelsea Market.
5 Must Eat things for Vegetarians in Chelsea Market New York
Tacos at Los Tacos No. 1
Loss Tacos is a small kiosk in Chelsea market with a very limited menu (they have an outlet at Times Square too). The menu is limited but taking a hint from long queue outside the Los Tacos I decided to try Pollo Asado (grilled chicken). There was only one vegetarian option of Nopal (cactus taco). The grilled chicken taco that husband tried was very delicious, he says easily one of the best he ate till date. I guess freshly made toppings like salsa, guacamole, cilantro etc makes all the difference. And despite being very busy, they offer to customize the toppings as per your taste. Los Tacos no.1 is a must eat if you are nearby Chelsea market.
Hale and Hearty Soup and Sandwich
If you are a vegetarian or want to eat vegetarian food in Chelsea Market, hale and hearty come highly recommended. They have both options for non-vegetarian sandwich and soups as well as vegetarian sandwiches and soup. You can pick either soup or sandwich or pick a combo as per your choice. I picked a mozzarella and tomato sandwich and minestrone soup combo. I would definitely have gone for seconds or maybe third servings, only thing stopped me was I wanted to try other food options. I just had half a day to explore the options at the market. Husband picked up Chicken Marsala with wild mushrooms. (Sorry no photo because I forgot to take the lid off and you can just see the black lid in this photo :(.
Amy’s bread was not mentioned in any list I read online for Chelsea market food recommendations. As I was passing through I could not resist the aroma of the cakes and breads. So I decided to go inside and have a look. There were so many interesting cheesecake options. But what I picked myself was an open sandwich, It was very very good. Especially with the soup that I picked up from hale and hearty.
Seed Mill - halva tahini
If you love your sweet treats this is must try place at Chelsea market. Sesame seeds are roasted and milled to make Tahini (a middle eastern sauce) and other treat known as halva.
There are so many halva options to try that I could not have tried them all even if I did not taste any food available in the market. I picked up cardamom halva to eat later. It’s quite rich but tastes uniquely delicious. Must try if you want to taste some sweet treat other than New York Cheesecake.
When you are in New York, one thing you can never miss is New York cheesecake. I tried it at few places, just a spoon or two but the one I ate here was very good (will not say best) but good. There was a very tempting array of baked desserts and other bakery options at Sarabeth. But since we already had too much so I just tried the cheesecake. As I said not the best, but still very very good. A perfect to end our meal at Chelsea Market.
Not for vegetarians, but if you love seafood this is a food heaven for you. The lobster place is almost a seafood market where you can eat seafood to your heart's content. My husband is a seafood lover and this place was offering so many varieties of fresh seafood. He tried clam bake platter and liked it a lot. There were huge options available for sushi and sashimi too, even for vegetarians but I was full after eating so I gave it a miss.
I read about Culls and Pistols, Giovani Rana and would have loved to tired the food too, only if waiting time was not too much. Since we just had few hours to explore and just 1-2 extra stomach 😀 we could not try more options. But that always leaves you an option to come back and try more food :P. SO, I hope to come back and try more food at Chelsea market and other old food courts at New York as and when I have the opportunity.
Anindya Sundar Basu
This is the reason why I keep on requesting you to write more and more travel related food stories. Great One and will be helpful for anyone travelling to this place
Excellent food choices. Manhattan is the food mecca. Hope with their purchase of, Google has great plans for Chlesea Market.