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New York - Around Town : Chelsea and Herald Square (part 2) - Chelsea Galleries, Places to Eat

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A Day Around Chelsea

Morning

Wind your way through Chelsea, starting with the megastores now occupying former “Fashion Row,” on 6th Avenue Shopping between 18th and 23rd streets. Walk west on 16th Street to 9th Avenue and Chelsea Market, a one-time Nabisco factory where the first Oreo cookies were made, now a block-long line of stalls offering all manner of food. The Food Network tapes its TV shows in a street-level studio here.

Continue up 9th Avenue to 20th Street, for the Chelsea Historic District and General Theological Seminary. Then head for the ever-expanding “Gallery Row,” from 21st to 24th streets, 10th to 11th avenues. A good lunch bet in the neighborhood is The Red Cat , offering Mediterranean fare.

Afternoon

Walk east on 23rd Street to the Chelsea Hotel , and when you get to 6th Avenue, turn uptown for the big antiques market and the colorful Flower District . A stroll for one block further west on 27th brings you to the Fashion Institute of Technology, where the gallery usually has interesting displays.

Head for one of the great hidden treasures in this area, St. John the Baptist Church, at 210 East 31st Street, whose dingy façade belies a glowing Gothic interior. Continue to 34th Street for Herald Square and Macy’s.

Chelsea Galleries

  1. Gagosian Gallery

    Gagosian is one of the premier names in the gallery scene.

    • 555 West 24th St & 522 West 21st St

    • Open 10am–6pm Tue–Sat

  2. Matthew Marks

    Of the two galleries, the original shows large-scale works, while the second specializes in new work .

    • 522 West 22nd St at 10th Ave

    • Open 11am–6pm Tue– Sat

    • 523 West 24th Street at 10th Av

    • Open 11am–6pm Tue–Sat

    • Free

  3. Paula Cooper

    The lofty setting itself is worth a visit. Many of Cooper’s shows are controversial .

    • 534 West 21st St at 10th Ave

    • Open 10am–6pm Tue–Sat

    • Free

  4. Paul Kasmin

    Son of a British art dealer, Kasmin has nurtured many newcomers . Previous exhibitions have featured Kenny Scharf, Robert Indiana, Deborah Kass, and Barry Flanagan.

    • 293 10th Ave at 27th St

    • Open 10am–6pm Tue–Fri, 11am–6pm Sat

    • Free

  5. Barbara Gladstone

    A dramatic backdrop for large-scale pieces, video pioneers, and photography.

    • 515 West 24th St at 10th Ave

    • Open 10am–6pm Tue–Sat

    • Free

  6. Andrea Rosen

    Since moving from SoHo to Chelsea, Rosen’s eclectic exhibitions have made this one of the most visited galleries in the area.

    • 525 West 24th Street at 10th Av

    • Open 10am–6pm Tue–Sat

    • Free

  7. Marlborough, Chelsea

    The 57th Street gallery shows established luminaries, while this downtown satellite has new sculpture and painting .

    • 545 West 25th St at 7th Ave

    • Open 10am–5:30pm Tue–Sat

    • Free

  8. Robert Miller

    This gallery shows big names like Diane Arbus, Walker Evans, Andy Warhol, and Jacob Epstein.

    • 526 West 26th St at 10th Ave

    • Open 10am–6pm Tue–Sat

    • Free

  9. Sonnabend

    A power in the art world, representing early pop artists, and still on the lookout for new trends.

    • 536 West 22nd Street at 10th Ave

    • Open 10am–6pm Tue–Sat

    • Free

  10. 303 Gallery

    Featuring artists of critical acclaim in several media.

    • 525 West 22nd St at 10th Ave

    • Open 10am–6pm Tue–Sat

    • Free

Places to Eat

  1. Da Umberto

    Popular over the years for sophisticated Tuscan fare and a long list of daily specials.

    • 107 West 17th St, between 6th & 7th Aves

    • 212 989 0303

  2. Periyali

    A billowing canopy and white walls set the scene for classy Greek dining; creative dishes put the food in gourmet territory.

    • 35 West 20th St, between 5th & 6th Aves

    • 212 463 7890

  3. The Red Cat

    This warm neighborhood place serves first-rate American fare; don’t miss the Parmesan frites with mustard aioli.

    • 227 10th Ave, between 23rd & 24th Sts

    • 212 242 1122

  4. East of Eighth

    Many locals frequent this spot, which has an eclectic international menu. The prix-fixe brunch is particularly good value.

    • 254 West 23rd St, between 7th & 8th Aves

    • 212 352 0075

  5. Buddakan

    The star here is not the good Asian fusion food, but the decor. For such a trendy spot, the staff are quite friendly.

    • 75 9th Ave at 16th St

    • 212 989 6699

  6. Rocking Horse Café Mexicano

    Always packed with diners who come for the great margaritas and Mexican food at reasonable prices.

    • 182 8th Ave, between 19th & 20th Sts

    • 212 463 9511

    Rocking Horse Café Mexicano
  7. Hill Country

    This addition to the barbecue scene is known for its brisket and sausages (shipped from the namesake Texas region). Live music Thu–Sat evenings.

    • 30 West 26th St

    • 212 255 4544

  8. Monster Sushi

    As the name implies, massive rolls of sushi are provided at very reasonable prices.

    • 158 West 23rd St

    • 212 620 9131

  9. Bottino

    Thanks to the booming gallery scene, this attracts a stylish crowd for good northern Italian fare and a lovely garden.

    • 246 10th Ave, between 24th & 25th Sts

    • 212 206 6766

  10. Empire Diner

    The door is always open at this rail car converted to a 24-hour Art Deco diner. The best people-watching comes after midnight.

    • 210 10th Ave at 22nd St

    • 212 243 2736

    Empire Diner

Unless otherwise stated, all restaurants accept credit cards and serve vegetarian meals

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