Wednesday, November 12, 2014

A Chelsea Afternoon

As I mentioned the other day (click here), Cesar, Daisy, and I ended our walk on The High Line Friday with lunch and browsing at Chelsea Market (a block long and a block wide). Chelsea has been a fun and popular neighborhood for a long time, but it's changed a lot, of course, since the last time I saw it. I had never before seen Chelsea Market, which used to be the traditional public market. It's now that and more. Shops and restaurants galore among the produce stores, butcher shops, fish markets, and bakeries. There's even an "Artists & Fleas" market, because simply fleas wouldn't be enough. Cesar narrowed down our lunch choices for us: Friedman's or The Lobster Place. I opted for Friedman's. Exceptional service and food, and a friendly city vibe. We stuffed ourselves and then moved on to check out the artists... and fleas. Too soon, we headed home through Chelsea where I caught the subway on 14th Street and 6th Avenue.

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ENTERING CHELSEA MARKET. CESAR AND DAISY WAITING
FOR ME TO CATCH UP.  I WAS BUSY FINDING MY FOOTING (BOTTOM RIGHT).
AT LEFT:  QUOTH THE RAVEN, "NEVER MORE" ATOP EDGAR ALLEN POE.
THE MAIN HALL.
THAT'S MY REFLECTION IN THE MIRROR WITH A PUMPKIN BEHIND ME.
THE PEOPLE ARE REAL, NOT REFLECTED, AND WE WERE AT SEPARATE TABLES.
DAISY'S MATZO BALL SOUP.  THE BEST!
DAISY AND I BOTH HAD THESE WRAPS, FILLED WITH CHICKEN,
FRESH PESTO SAUCE, AND OTHER STUFF.  THE BEST!
MY SWEET POTATO FRIES. THE BEST!
DAISY'S MAC & CHEESE.  I COULDN'T BELIEVE SHE ORDERED IT.
I WAS SO GRATEFUL SHE SHARED IT.  THE BEST!
A POWERFUL FOUNTAIN...
MADE FROM A FIRE HOSE.
"SPICES AND TEASE"
THE SPICES...
THE TEASE... (TEAS)
THE SHOPPERS.
THE WINE VAULT...
...AND THE TASTING ROOM.
I CALL HIM ARTIE.
REFILL YOUR OIL, VINEGAR, SALT AND BEER AT THE FILLING STATION.
NICE ART. NOT TOO MANY FLEAS.
OLD SKYWALK OVER 14TH STREET.
(CHELSEA MARKET BUILDING AT LEFT.)
CHELSEA BROWNSTONES.
THE SPANISH BENEVOLENT SOCIETY ON 14TH STREET.
CESAR THOUGHT I SHOULD GO INSIDE.
ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF GRAND OLD NEW YORK AT 14TH STREET AND 7TH AVENUE.

Joni Mitchell woke up and it was a Chelsea Morning.

19 comments:

  1. Our kind of market!! We HAVE to visit this place!
    Thanks for this wonderful intro, Mitchell.
    Friedman's looks like the perfect choice too.
    Looks like you are having a good visit back home. Enjoy.

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    1. Jim:
      It was a very good time. Chelsea Market was a blast.

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  2. Now I'm hungry ~ your choices and friends choices ~~ mm mm Good! As Jim said, our kinda place •*¨*•♫♪ singing Joni songs now!

    later!

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    1. Ron:
      A great day in every way. And that Macaroni and Cheese? The best I've ever tasted!

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  3. Oh my, I HAVE to go there if only for the spices! You do have a talent for finding all the BEST food Mitchell.
    Love this Joni Mitchell song.

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    1. Jacqueline:
      It's amazing how well one can eat when one doesn't cook!

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  4. Here it is, late afternoon with the makings of a plain old chicken pot pie (at least not frozen!) waiting to be put into the oven, and I am reading this and drooling. Lucky you! Who needs to cook when you can eat like that?

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    1. Michael:
      I LOVE chicken pot pie... even frozen.

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  5. I'd love to stroll through that market and suck up the sights, sounds, smells and energy.

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    1. Stephen:
      I could have spent hours at Chelsea Market. Too bad I wanted to get back before rush hour!

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  6. following you on this trip you are having a real nice time.

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    1. Laurent:
      The entire trip was a pleasure. Worth the jet lag I'm feeling today!

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  7. It's those sweet potato fries (or 'chips' as we call them) that are going to linger in my mind. In fact, right now I'm salivating - no kidding!.

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    1. Raybeard:
      Those sweet potato fries were perfect. And that one side dish could have fed all three of us!

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    2. That makes it even worse/better!

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  8. Looks like a big crowd enjoyed the shopping there. What a fun place to visit in the city. Those old brownstones probably go for a pretty penny, right? Thanks for the tour!

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    1. Linda:
      I think everything in NYC goes for a pretty penny now. Just imagine a nice old brownstone! That was a Friday afternoon at Chelsea Market. It must be insane on weekends.

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