Neighborhood Guide: West Chelsea, New York City

Leah Bourne
Neighborhood Guide: West Chelsea, New York City
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West Chelsea in New York City can seem like no man’s land for those not familiar with the area (not surprising given that not too long ago the neighborhood was occupied predominantly by industrial spaces). With New York fashion week rapidly approaching, and the fact that a number of designers are showing in West Chelsea from Joseph Altuzarra to Tibi, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite West Chelsea haunts. Whether you are in need of the perfect cup of coffee, diner food, or a fashion fix there are plenty of unique finds in the area. Unfortunately we can’t help you get a cab.

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For a posh drink in West Chelsea head to the rooftop bar at the Hôtel Americano's La Piscine. Exit out of the glass elevator onto the 10th floor into an oasis that includes stunning views and a pool and toast to the end of summer. 518 West 27th St.;

The Highliner opened in place of the iconic Empire Diner in 2011. Expect haute American diner fare including everything from waffles to burgers. It's the perfect spot if you are in need of a mid-afternoon or late-night snack. 210 10th Ave.;

In need of a sweet fix, then Billy's Bakery is your spot. Their legendary cupcakes come in a range of flavors like almond pistachio and chocolate mint, and the spot offers plenty of seating. 184 9th Avenue;

If you're in the mood for a proper sit down meal head to Trestle on Tenth, which serves bistro fare influenced by its chef Swiss upbringing. Try the stuffed veal breast, and if the weather is nice, make sure to sit out in the garden. 242 10th Avenue;

West Chelsea is a haven for serious designer boutiques including Balenciaga's only New York City outpost, which resembles an art gallery more than a retail outlet. Even if you can't afford the label's offerings, it's worth a visit. 542 W. 22nd St.;

Sometimes you just want a nice cold beer. The Half King, a restaurant and bar, is the brainchild of author Sebastian Junger of The Perfect Storm fame and is everything you want a neighborhood pub to be, inexpensive and devoid of pretention. 505 W. 23rd St;

Cookshop is the kind of restaurant that has turned West Chelsea into a foodie haven. The menu has a focus on locally caught fish, sustainable poultry and seasonal vegetables. Bonus points for great people watching. 156 10th Avenue;

The Luhring Augustine gallery features work from a wide range of contemporary artists including Pipilotti Rist and Rachel Whiteread. Start your West Chelsea gallery tour here. 531 W. 24th Street;

For the perfect cup of coffee and a biscotti head to Joe The Art of Coffee405 W. 23rd St.;

Larry Gagosian set up shop in West Chelsea in 1999. The art world impresario's flagship gallery is a must-visit (he also has another gallery three blocks North on 24th Street). Douglas Gordon has an upcoming show in the space. 522 W. 24th St.;

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