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Chelsea Market

Chelsea Market is located at 75 9th Avenue between 15th and 16th Streets in New York City.  There is an entrance on both 15th and 16th Street, which makes it easy to enter the block long market on one side and exit on the other.  This area of New York City has been a foodie haven for years.  From the Algonquin Indians to the National Biscuit Company to the numerous butchers that lined these streets to the Market it is today.

The Chelsea Market is an indoor mall of food and kitchen shops, as well as a small grocery store.  My advice would be to walk through the whole market before deciding on where to eat lunch or pick up a snack, because there is a large assortment of choices.  We decided on the following:

Bar Suzette:  This place specializes in crepes.  They have a bar with seats surrounding the crepe maker, so you can sit and watch your crepe being made.  This is a fantastic source of entertainment for kids of any age.  We ordered an assortment of crepes from savory apples with brie cheese and salad to sweet Nutella and bananas.  Not only were the crepes delicious but they were folded twice into a quarter of a pie shape and placed in a “to go” holder that made it quite easy and convenient to eat with a fork and knife. We just loved this idea!!

Doughnuttery:  This place is small with no seating however, they produce their bite-size doughnuts on a conveyor belt right in front of you.  Yet another source of entertainment for the kids.  I will warn you that the doughnuts are expensive, but we thought they were well worth the price.  After the doughnut is cooked in the hot oil you have a choice of coating it in one of the over 15 flavors of sugar or leaving it plain and dipping it in a flavored sauce.  We went with a few of the flavored sugars, pumpkin pie brulee, speckled strawberry and urban monkey.  The flavored sugars complimented the crisp cooked outside of the doughnut while the inside stayed chewy and soft.  These were easily addicting, good thing we only bought a few.

L’Arte del Gelato: For those of us that did not partake in the doughnut dessert (or for a few who did both), we also decided to stop for gelato.  There was an assortment of flavors to choose from but the most popular flavor for my group was the Mascarpone, which is a light Italian cheese.  This flavor had a light airy, creaminess that paired perfectly with the other fruit flavored gelatos.  This was the perfect ending to a perfect day!

Refer to the Chelsea Market website for more details on the market, its shops and its history.

Refer to my High Line post to make this a full day event.

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