Chelsea is a hot spot for lovers of both art and food. In this chic neighborhood, some of New York City's most celebrated restaurants are tucked next to world-renowned contemporary galleries. Check out 5 spots where creative chefs are crafting dishes that are masterpieces in their own right.
At acclaimed restaurant Rouge Tomate, plants play the most prominent role, offering a vegetable-focused menu — think zucchini with quinoa and daikon, venison with beets and king trumpet mushrooms, and carrot soup — complemented by responsibly raised fish, meat and poultry. Its curated, domestic-focused wine list boasts over 1,600 bottles to enjoy in the industrial, chic space.
Lupulo is a Portuguese spot known for its seafood and wood-fired small plates. The delicious fare complements the strong Portuguese wine selection and craft beer list. Centered around a long U-shaped bar, Lupulo boasts an atmosphere as colorful and vibrant as its dishes.
At The Gander, Chef Jesse Schenker's New American restaurant, diners can enjoy innovative yet approachable cuisine in a warm, modern setting. Schenker's unique and imaginative cooking style is reflected in his creative pastas, entrees and charcuteries. In addition to a vast international wine program, The Gander also boasts a large assortment of spirits —all of which are available at the expansive bar.
The Red Cat walks the line between the familiar and the innovative, combining creative American-inspired cuisine and a relaxed atmosphere. The warm and reassuring setting —a New England motif of red and white painted wood and dramatic oversized lanterns —plays home to a market-driven menu showcasing elegant preparations and bold flavors. The wine list includes more than 125 selections from all over the world and highlights limited production wines from boutique producers.
At the New York outpost of their Boston restaurant, Co-Chef/Owners Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette combine regional Spanish flavors and techniques with local and market-fresh ingredients to create an eclectic menu highlighting both classic and modern Barcelona-style tapas and small plates. Cocktails and wines are Spanish-focused —with emphasis on small producers and growers —while regional rotations explore all the bottles Spain has to offer. Located in the iconic former Nabisco Factory, the grand space exudes an industrial vibe through its brick walls and high ceilings.