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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The Meatball Shop Chelsea
Reliable, delicious, and full of balls. If there’s not at Meatball Shop near you already, there will be soon. This thing is about to go full Shake Shack.
One of the few New York City restaurants you can count on for an excellent meal regardless of circumstance. Go for any meal or for a day on the patio.
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.
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