Chelsea

Royal Siam

Royal Siam

I’m stuck in a Thai rut. That kind of sounds dirty. I guess it’s better than being caught in a Bangkok? Whatever the case, I…

Red Rock West

Red Rock West

[CLOSED] Imagine if you and your drunken fraternity buddy sat down one night after a fat J and a couple quarts of O.E. and tried…

Pita Grill Chelsea

Pita Grill (Chelsea)

[CLOSED] It had been quite a while since I’d been to a Pita Grill when I sauntered through the door with a couple co-workers. This…

Peter McManus

Peter McManus Cafe

This joint is as out of place in Chelsea as a piano bar in Bayonne. Old drunks litter the even older space that wreaks of…

The Park

The Park

No, we didn’t eat here. Honestly, spending enough time in this place to eat an entire meal seems like a soul-sucking event that we want…

Mary Ann's Chelsea

Mary Ann’s (Chelsea)

[CLOSED] This was like the little Mexican chain that could. In the mid-nineties nothing could stop the crowds from packing these joints, margarita in hand…

Markt II

Markt (II)

Definitely a come down from its massive original space down in the heart of the Meat Packing District, this diminutive version is a clean and…

Maritime Lobby Bar

Maritime Lobby Bar

[CLOSED] Geez. A sailor-themed bar in Chelsea? No way! Actually, it’s not at all as, um, queer as it sounds. Granted, the place does have…

Le Zie 2000

Le Zie 2000

Now why would an owner of a restaurant go ahead and put a date in the name of his restaurant? Unless this place opened in…

Home/Guest House

Home/Guest House

[CLOSED] It’s never fair or appropriate to judge a place by your corporate holiday party. Those nights it’s neither typical nor representative of the typical…

Hog Pit II

The Hog Pit (II)

Moving up from The Meat Packing District to Chelsea is a weird move for this honky-tonk barbecue joint. Ignore the fact it now sits directly…

Hill Country

Hill Country

This is like the Katz’s Deli of barbecue places, and it’s not just the brisket that makes it so. Wait your turn with your Chilis-like…

The Half King

Owned by Sebastian “Perfect Storm” Junger (along with a couple partners) The Half King is one of those places that is both inviting and fun…

Da Umberto

da Umberto

Old school is both a good and bad thing when it comes to food. There are old school places that have become institutions and churn…

Craftsteak

Craftsteak

[CLOSED] is now: Colicchio & Sons If you looked up “overpriced meat joint” in the dictionary, you’d find a photo of Tom Colicchio rolling naked in…

Cookshop

Cookshop

The stomach flu is a bitch. It can turn what is a perfectly pleasant meal into a study in persistent denial and peristalogical (to coin…

Colicchio & Sons

Colicchio & Sons

[CLOSED] It was with much hesitance that we came back to the scene of one of the most expensive, and most disappointing meals of our…

Cajun Restaurant

Cajun Restaurant

[CLOSED] Despite being panned by every legit reviewer in the city, this Chelsea bayou eatery is a little slice of New Orleans brought to the…

Cafeteria

Cafeteria

Here, once again, is a restaurant at which I didn’t eat a thing. I just kind of sat back with a beer and soaked in…

The Biltmore Room

The Biltmore Room

[CLOSED] I’m not really sure what I expected at this place. It’s not as if I expected Shangri-La or anything, but from the descriptions I…

Billy’s (S)topless

[CLOSED] You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. Ben Kenobi quotes aside, you will find no wise, monk-like Jedis in…