Not just for tourists! My quick guide on where to shop, drink & dine your heart out like a local.
Floral jacquard top c/o Sachin and Babi, Zinke eyelet midi skirt (shop similar skirting here), Foley and Corinna crossbody bag, ZeroUV horned rim sunglasses, Zara gladiator sandals (similar here). Shot by Isaac Lacey at Chelsea Market.
I'll be the first to admit: I wasn't a huge fan of Chelsea Market back in the day. I thought it was too touristy. Too commercial. Too far to get to from Brooklyn. All it took was a close friend to show me the best way to navigate its many offerings... and now let's just say I'm totally addicted.
The friend I speak of hails from a small town in Northern Italy and is an amazing chef obsessed with local meats, seafood and produce. If you happen to wander into Chelsea Market around 630PM on a weekday, chances are he'll be there, perusing the stalls with a beer and picking up groceries for his dinner that evening. Be sure to tell him I say 'hi' if you ever bump into him!
Anyway, one of my favorite Sunday activities is heading on a little double date with him, his gorgeous wife and Isaac, picking up some cans of wine at Chelsea Wine Vault (the boys usually opt for beer from The Filling Station), grabbing all the oysters and fresh seafood we can eat at The Lobster Place, heading to Dickson's Farmstand Meats or Num Pang for their Kimchi hot dogs with Kewpie mayo or a delicious Cambodian sandwich, respectively, maybe downing another can of wine, doing a little shopping for the week and then heading home to Brooklyn with a belly full of goodness.
There are so many amazing food vendors popping up that I can't wait to try out as well (Mokbar, I'm looking at you), but for starters I've made a little map below of my favorite spots worth stopping into if you only have a hot second. I promise, you won't regret it! Added bonus: it also makes for a fab spot to take tourists (or parents) when they're visiting. Just saying...