Barracuda is a mandatory stop during any Chelsea barhopping, and works especially well for a weekday nightcap. The large mirror across from the bar makes it feel deceptively big, and you’ll also see vintage porn playing on small TVs. This place hosts multiple drag shows every night of the week, but if you can only catch one, Tina Burner does Star Search on Thursday nights - and it’s not to be missed.
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Tia Pol is a Chelsea tapas spot that’s a great move for early-in-the-game dates. Have some sangria and some small plates.
Empire Diner has opened and closed a few times over the years, but now it’s a sleek Southern-inspired restaurant in the same vintage space.
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