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So Depressed About Moving to Chelsea -- Please Justify with Food

Having just recently moved away from Chelsea to the East Village, I understand your concerns, but never fear, Chelsea has some of the best hidden treats in the city. If you looking for great low key places, don't forget La Luncheonette on 18th and 10th; there is also Chelsea Restaurante, a terrific local Italian where everything is good.

May 22, 2010
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Bagels in the Financial District

I in desperate need of a good place to get a bagel in Downtown Manhattan. My offices is located near the World Trade Center pit and am amazed at the consistently tasteless bagels that I am forced to eat on a regular basis. Does anyone know of a good place to get a 'quality' bagel in downtown Manhattan (preferably below Fulton Street)?

May 13, 2010
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Great Cup of Coffee

Like most New Yorkers, I have what seems to be an unquenchable addition to a good cup of coffee. I'm looking to find the city's best cups of coffee (and I do not mean Dunkin' Donuts or Starbucks). What I'm looking to find are those great local joints where you can wander in and get a terrific cup of coffee. Personally, I find the coffee and pastries at La Bergamote in Chelsea to be top notch? Any others?

Jan 21, 2008
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Neighborhood butchers

I strongly recommend the Chelsea Court Meat market, a family run butcher in Chelsea on 9th Avenue. The owners are always there, they provide outstanding cuts of meat, trimmed to your request at an excellent price. Highly recommended.

Jul 22, 2007
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Penn Station Coffee

I may be asking for the impossible, but does anyone have any recommendations for good coffee at Penn Station? Please do not point me in the direction of Starbucks or Dunkin' Donuts. What I'm interested in finding is a good cup of commuter coffee for that reverse commute out of the city.

May 17, 2007
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Wild Salmon: Where's the best?

I was just at the Lobster Place in Chelsea Market the other day and they had some wild salmon, but it was pricey, circa $24.00/lbs. They didn't have much, but it was late in the day. Give it a shot.

May 16, 2007
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Chelsea recs?

As a long time Chelsea resident, I concur with many of the above rec's; especially Murray's Bagels (6th Ave & 13th) and Le Bergamote (9th Ave & 20th). In addition, we love Le Zie 2000 for Italian (7th Ave & 20st) & O'mai for Vietnamese (9th Ave & 18th). While I also recommend Red Cat and Foodshop, both are rather difficult to get reservations for, though they are both worth a shot. If you looking for something a little bit more adventurous, you may want to try Crispo for terrific northern Italian (14th & 8th) or Maremma (10th & Bleeker) for what can best be described as spaghetti western. Both are very good.

May 16, 2007
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ISO WV or chelsea rec... $20-$30 entrees

In Chelsea, you can not wrong with places like Crispo for Italian food, Omai for outstanding Vietnamese food, Bambay Talkie for Indian or La Lunchonette for French. All four have terrific food, with vibrant flavors, nice/interesting atmospheres, and moderate prices. Depending upon the time you want to eat, you should be able to find a table at each of these places.

Apr 17, 2007
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Food shopping tips please

I strongly suggest you consider Chelsea Market (9th Ave, btw 15th & 16th). It not only has a terrific fish monger, but a butcher, produce market (w/a cheese section), multiple bakeries, dairy, Italian market, and more. The prices are reasonable, and the space is well worth visiting. We shop there on a daily basis, and we love Amy's Bakery the Manhattan Fruit Exchange and Buo Italia, which specializes in Italian products.

Apr 15, 2007
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Can't Get into Babbo...

I second the thoughts about Maremma, however, it is not as up scale as Babbo. Having said that we have had a number of terrific meals there and highly recommend it. Afterall, where else in the city can you sit down and have a 'cowboy italian' dining experience.

Apr 11, 2007
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Drinks Before Morimoto

You may want to try Del Posto which is basically across the street on 10th Ave. While we can not comment on the food, the space is pretty spectacular, and the wine list, while very heavy on the Italian wines, is impressive.

Apr 09, 2007
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Good coffee in UWS and Chelsea

As a Chelsea resident, there is only one place for a truly great cup of coffee. Le Bergamote has the best coffee in the area. It is also one of the best French French Bakery in the city. HIghly recommended.

Apr 06, 2007
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Upscale brunch in East Village/LES tomorrow

I concur with Lucia; Five points is outstanding. The food is terrific, and it is a great space.

Mar 23, 2007
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Best restaurants in Chelsea?

If your looking for family friendly Italian restuarants in Chelsea, I highly recommend Chelsea Ristorante (8th ave & 16th str); it is a terrific local Italian restaurant with great food and friendly service. If your interested in something with a bit more flare, try Le Zie 2000 (7th Ave & 20th str.), the mac & cheese with truffles is amazing. Both are great Italian places with reasonable prices.

Mar 22, 2007
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