Zombie post today while I am in San Francisco!
Food halls are a big deal now in New York. I hadn’t been to one (and I was not keen on the idea) but if you’re a person who loves food, you must give it a whirl when in the Big Apple. As it turns out, Chelsea Market is a more upscale, complex and crowded version of the dreary “food courts” one finds in every shopping mall. A food court with good food, one might say.
But I may be passing too harsh a judgment. I enjoyed the stores, like the Chelsea Wine Vault, which has a lovely atmosphere and a tempting selection of Irish whiskeys. There are bakeries, spice shops, a cheesemonger’s.
There are even a few sit-down restaurants, like the Green Table, where we stopped for lunch. The Green Table bills itself as a “charming organic eatery” with beers and wines that are “sustainable, organic and biodynamic.” Okay. But I would not call this place vegetarian friendly, not when they offer dishes like this:
So would I go back to Chelsea Market? Probably not, especially after the electricity went out while I was in the ladies’ room, leaving us in TOTAL darkness for a few moments. I would not like to be in such a crowded space if that happens again. But I would be open to trying Eataly, Mario Batali’s mega-Italian emporium at 23rd and 5th.