Tao is a massive spot in Chelsea that feels like a Vegas nightclub inside an airplane hangar. The high-ceilinged space has giant Buddha statues, couches overlooking a sunken dining room, and a club in the back where you may see someone who’s performing at MSG this weekend. The food - ranging from sushi to dim sum, lobster pad thai, and sweet and sour pork - is better than the food at most club-restaurants, but it’s also really, really expensive.
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Txikito has been doing solid business in Chelsea for several years, serving Basque-style tapas to people who are mostly on dates. How much you'll like it probably depends on how much you're looking to spend.
Chama Mama is a Georgian restaurant in Chelsea where you can get a good stew and some excellent khachapuri. Bring a group, and order a lot.
Del Posto is an excellent special occasion restaurant, located in a big space in Chelsea. Think of it as a more upscale Babbo, or Daniel with pasta.
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ROKC is a restaurant serving ramen and oysters, but this place is all about the cocktails, which get served in lightbulbs and conch shells.
Nonono is a Japanese restaurant in Nomad where you can try a ton of great food and still have an affordable dinner.
If you want to get a quick sit-down meal near Grand Central, go eat some pork katsu at Katsu-Hama.
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RH Rooftop Restaurant
RH is the restaurant on top of Restoration Hardware in Meatpacking where you can get design inspiration for your megayacht while eating American food.
Everyone has a favorite neighborhood sushi spot and, if you live in Chelsea, there’s a good chance yours is Momoya.
Sushi Seki Chelsea
The Chelsea Sushi Seki outpost is bigger and badder than the original. Aside from the decor differences, everything appears to be exactly the same.
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