Goodbye Chelsea

August 5, 2008 at 9:20 am Leave a comment

Pardon my absence from googly-eyes for the last 10 days or however long. I was enjoying a relaxing family vacation in the gay capitol of the east coast, Rehoboth Beach, where I was without my laptop and very sparse internet/cell phone signal. Immediately upon returning to New York, I somehow managed to cram all of my belongings inside themselves, rent a cargo van, and then move all of my and my boyfriend’s shit from Manhattan to Brooklyn with only one minor collision and no fatalities (yay!) After some severe dehydration and foot pain, we’re in Brooklyn, and still without wireless (I am publishing from work). But anyway, this whole moving thing means that I am no longer a resident of the other gay capital of the East Coast, Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood, which I loved dearly. The convenience, the cleanliness, and the jealousy that would follow everytime I told someone that I lived on West 16th Street will be sorely missed. Following Olivia’s example, I will now take the time to list my favorites in the neighborhood of which I grew so fond (in no particular order).

Mary-Ann’s Homemade Mexican
8th Avenue at 16th Street

I love this restaurant. They give you free chips and salsa (delicious!) and have a really extensive menu that includes more than what you’d find at Taco Bell or New Taco Express or any number of crappy Mexican joints run by Chinese people in Manhattan, including, but not limited to, green chile rice, mushroom and goat cheese quesadillas, shrimp burritos, and a very nice chicken and avocado tostada salad. For those who enjoy Margaritas, they’ve got around a dozen different flavors and I bet they’re delicious. Beware, however, they accept CASH ONLY!

Cafeteria
7th Avenue at 17th Street

If you’ve ever read this blog before, you know how much I love Cafeteria and how delicious their food looks (and is.) It’s hip, it’s delicious, it’s open 24 hours, and it’s probably in your budget. I recommend the Monterey Eggs, the Mac and Cheese, and the Strawberry Shortcake dessert.

Garage
7th Avenue at Grove Street

Again, see previous blog entries for detailed description of how good this place is. It’s a splurge, but it’s worth it.

Randee Elaine Spa
7th Avenue at 11th Street

Everything before this was a restaurant, but don’t try to eat here. Randee Elaine is probably one of the cheapest “spa”/grooming boutiques in Manhattan, while still remaining clean, professional, and totally reputable. If you go on their website, you can print out coupons to get an even better deal on their already super low prices. For instance, Brazilian bikini wax for $20. Ask for Nelly. I’ll still be making my way to the West Side for this place.

Westside Market
7th Avenue at 15th Street

My beloved grocery store. This place is big, clean, and has a very “market” type feel to it while also being chic. Their produce selection is amazing, as well as their prepared foods and bakery section. Try their tomato couscous with corn and spinach or their chocolate rugelach (why not both?!)

Chelsea Market
9th Avenue at 15th Street

This one is actually a “market”, but not a market. I’d say it’s more like a food mall with cute little boutiques. Great stuff in here includes Amy’s Bread (semolina raisin fennel bread!), Ronnybrook Milk Bar (milkshakes!), The Lobster Place (lobster!), and a great warehouse-style store filled with Italian food and ingredients, like fresh pasta, sausages, and lots more. Most importantly, however, is Eleni’s bakery which has the most gorgeous and delicious cookies and cupcakes. Here’s a tip: baked goods are half price after 6pm.

J’s Pizza
7th Avenue at 16th Street

It looks like every other dive of a pizzeria, but just walk by and you’ll know how good the pizza is just by the smell. A cheese slice is only $2.50 (and it’s huge!) and unimaginably delicious. Plus, they’re open ’til 4am making them the perfect pit stop on the way home from a night out.

The thing about Chelsea is, it’s all out in the open (in just about every way.) You don’t have to look hard to find something fabulous.

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