Neither the pandemic nor the ravages of time has been kind to the restaurants of Chelsea. In the three years since this collection was revised, several key places have closed, even if just temporarily, include Basque twins Txikito and El Quinto Pino, Shorty Tang Noodles, Boston import Toro, Nishi, partly Portuguese Lupelo, and the legendary Sichuan Legend. Luckily, new places have appeared, but Chelsea, with its ongoing gentrification, is always in a state of flux.
In the latter half of the 19th century the neighborhood industrialized, with smoke-belching factories lining the Hudson River, of which the old Nabisco complex (now Chelsea Market) is one of the last remaining examples. But the infill of tenements and townhouses, and eventually that of housing projects and high-rise condos, has made Chelsea one of the city’s premier residential neighborhoods, where rich and poor live side by side. Once, it was home to scores of Spanish and Latin American restaurants, of which only a few remain.
The precise borders are a matter of controversy, but for the purposes of this survey we’ll consider them to run from Sixth Avenue on the east to the Hudson River on the west; from 14th Street on the south to 30th Street on the north.Read More