Discover Chelsea Market & The High Line
New York City’s High Line is the latest in hip, hot and happening…dayspots! A couple of weeks ago I found myself with a free Saturday afternoon and decided to take in the infamous Chelsea Market, and check out the High Line (originally built in the 1930s as an elevated railway).
If you have not yet tread your soles on the High Line, I highly recommend checking it out. On a nice sunny day you can stroll along, take some time to sit on the lounge chairs or benches along the way, and take in views of the Hudson. It incredibly well kept, and some of the original tracks are still in place. It is such a terrific vantage point to see many West Side areas of the city, including the Meatpacking District, Hell’s Kitchen and West Chelsea. While not fully completed and estimated to be a mile and a half longelevated park, there currently are plants, flowers and even trees to enjoy along the way.
Now onto Chelsea Market! I went inside sort of expecting to see Emeril Lagasse or Rachael Ray. However, I did not. I was surprised by the sheer size of the actual market. While unsure exactly what Chelsea Market looked like inside, I did not realize how many specialty stores and restaurants there were to choose from. While the building seems a little compact, there are so many wonderful offerings within it. Below are some of my favorite places.
Buon Italia offers a wide variety of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, roasted nuts, cheeses, olives and other imported Italian specialties.
The Lobster Place has the freshest fish and seafood and GREAT prices. The selection of salmon alone was enough to impress me. They also are quite famous for their lobster rolls. The sushi and other prepared foods looked quite appetizing as well.
Bowery Kitchen Supply carries an extensive selection of kitchen equipment and supplies, including furniture.
Posman Books is a new addition to the market. They offer bestsellers, travel guides and of course numerous cookbooks.
Hale and Hearty Soups always offers hearty soups, sandwiches or salads.
T-Salon bills itself as the first environmentally sustainable tea bar – cafe – market in the world has a great assortment of teas and pleasant atmosphere to sit and relax.
One Lucky Duck is another recently added establishment I am ecstatic to mention. They offer absolutely amazing raw vegan treats including my personal favorites: tiramisu and agave lemonade.
There are additional retail and restaurant establishments located in the market. I do urge you to go and visit The Chelsea Market (www.chelseamarket.com) for your own experience.