Chelsea Market is a glorious space for fans of quality artisanal food and sleek design, tourists who want to see something a little more original than the Statue of Liberty, and anybody who needs a break from the more congested neighborhoods of New York—which, come Monday afternoon, is just about everybody. The Market recently underwent a major expansion, so if you haven’t stopped by in a while, make sure to check out the exciting new food tenants and pop-up shops.
Here are some of the fabulous additions you’ll now have the opportunity to experience on your next trip to Chelsea Market:
Upon stepping up to the counter at Hybird, you’re likely to experience a wave of positive energy, laid-back vibes, and the irresistible smell of fried chicken. Originally a food truck, Hybird is the brainchild of restaurateur Stepher Starr and The Roots’ Questlove. With such an unusual and winning combination of founders, it’s no wonder this fried chicken joint is so unique and so tasty. If chicken isn’t your thing, Hybird also serves a variety of fresh dumplings, savory cupcakes, and biscuits with honey butter.
If you fancy yourself a tea enthusiast, you should be making a beeline for Spices and Tease. Founded four generations ago as a family business in Naples, Italy, this place is the cream of the crop when it comes to quality loose teas and spices. Where else are you going to find both your favorite black tea flavor and a spice mix specifically designed for use in a Moroccan meatballs recipe? As Summer dies down and Fall begins to bring back the cool weather, stop by this neat specialty shop to fill up your spice rack or to put together a unique gift for a friend.
Sometimes there’s nothing more refreshing than an eatery that keeps it simple and sticks to its strengths. Los Tacos, created by three friends from Tijuana, Mexico and Brawley, California, was brought to New York to give the east coast a taste of authentic Mexican food. And boy does it ever: Los Tacos may have relatively few menu items, but they’re all authentic, and they’re all good. You can choose from four fillings in your taco or quesadilla, one of which is nopal, or grilled cactus. That’s right: grilled cactus. You know you want to try it.
You may or may not know what exactly a Cambodian sandwich entails, but either way you won’t regret a trip to Num Pang. Every sandwich is served on fresh-baked bread with cucumber, pickled carrots, cilantro and chili mayo, and with a range of choices from peppercorn catfish to roasted cauliflower, you’re sure to find something you’ll enjoy. But beware: this isn’t Starbucks, so don’t go to this sandwich spot asking for a million substitutions. At Num Pang, the food is only served one way, and once you taste it you may well discover that it’s the right way.
For those who want to sit down and enjoy a casual but classy meal, Cull & Pistol is an exciting new lunch and dinner spot. As you enter you’ll immediately see the shellfish set up along the bar, and several small tables in addition to bar seating. Despite the small space, Cull & Pistol has a cozy rather than crowded atmosphere. The menu contains an impressive selection of innovative fresh seafood dishes, a seasonal raw bar, and a number of wines and craft beers.
Fans of this healthy shop can now rejoice to the addition of a Nut Box outpost in Chelsea Market. If you’ve never been here and are a tad skeptical about the necessity of an entire store dedicated to nuts, it’s definitely worth a visit. In addition to a wide array of nuts, the Nut Box also sells granola, dried fruits, and candies, all at reasonable prices.
Last but not least, while you’re visiting Chelsea Market, don’t forget to take a look at Decatur & Sons. While this full-service barber shop has nothing to do with food, it’s a delightful addition to the Market, so take a peek at the very least. Owned and operated by third-generation barber Thorin Decatur, this shop is a must visit for top-quality service and an atmosphere that is old-fashioned in the best possible way.
Chelsea Market is open from 7 am-9 pm Monday through Saturday and from 8 am-8 pm on Sunday.
75 9th Ave New York, NY 10011