When you live in the best city in the world there are so many places to visit that it is overwhelming to try and keep up with what are the best places to spend our time. We here at the Citizen spent two weeks giving the online world a little peak at what life is like in Chelsea and the Flatiron district by sharing some of our favorite restaurants, shopping, nightlife and local hangouts.
Chelsea’s food options just got elevated to a whole new plane with the recently opened European-style open air food market at the Chelsea Triangle on 9th Street between West 14th and 15th Street. What could be better than picking up fresh cheese, madeleines, organic pasta and meats, artisanal baguettes, and more all in one place? They even received special permission to install the exact same awnings as those used at the Paris street markets, so it feels like an authentic bit of France in the middle of Chelsea. A short walk south from Citizen, the market is open Fridays and Saturdays through November 24th and is a perfect place to pick up supplies for a delicious homemade dinner at Chez Citizen!
For the past few days, we at Citizen have been taking full advantage of the return of one of the best food events in the city – Madison Square Eats. Just down the street from Citizen, the triangle of land between 5th Avenue, Broadway and 23rd Street called Worth Square has been transformed into an outdoor food extravaganza replete with tables and umbrellas decorated with iconic Marimekko prints (their new store is right across the street). Some of the city’s most raved about eateries are here – Roberta’s Pizza, Asiadog, Calexico, Hong Kong Street Cart, Mile End, and Red Hook Lobster Pound to name a few. With plenty of seating, it’s hard to resist going for lunch, dinner or a quick snack and it is just one of the many reasons we love the Madison Square neighborhood!
Madison Square Eats is conveniently (too conveniently!) open every day from 11 am – 9 pm through June 1st. 23rd Street between 5th Avenue and Broadway.
At first sight, Eataly is just another building in the center of Manhattan’s Flatiron District. But once inside, you’re immediately surrounded by the tastes, smells and flair of Italian culture – and all of them are just minutes from your home at the Citizen.
One of the great things about Eataly is the variety of experiences it offers – restaurants, cafés, markets, and cooking classes – all under one roof. At the Market, you can find wines, pastas, meats, cheeses, breads, Italian housewares and more. Fresh pasta, fresh mozzarella, breads and pastries are made on-site daily by specialized chefs. Eataly has a wine of the month club, and brews several exclusive ales. A vegetable butcher cuts and cleans your veggies for you, and shares ideas for preparation, free of charge. Nick the resident Olive Oil expert is ready to assist with delicious samplings and pairings (comes in handy when you’re preparing a housewarming party at your new apartment!).
Eataly has over a dozen dining options for all appetites. Manzo is the more formal restaurant within Eataly. La Piazza offers specialty meats and cheeses, Il Pesce serves seafood, and Le Verdure incorporates vegetables into its dishes. There’s a comfortable place where you can just get pizza and pasta, a sandwich shop, Panini café, gelato counter, two coffee bars, and a bakery. All of these establishments use the food that Eataly sells – what a fun way to try before you buy! The main attraction of Eataly is Birreria, the rooftop restaurant and brewery open all year round (thanks to a retractable roof), which features Italian style feasts influenced by Austria and Germany. It’s a great place to go for happy hour or dinner in the summer with friends.
Eataly Cooking Classes
Want to learn to cook like an Italian? Enroll in La Scuola di Eataly, a culinary institute run by Lidia Bastianich. Take a class solo, with a friend, or invite 20 friends and have a private lesson! At Scuola di Eataly, you can explore Italian cuisine by region; create your own Apertivo, (Italian happy hour); learn the language while making traditional breakfasts, lunches and dinners.
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New York, NY 10010