Today we head over to the west side in a spot I’ve grown to know very well over the years. After spending many of my college years residing in Chelsea, rarely doing any of the above, I find myself increasingly frequenting the above spots and creating some of my favorite NYC memories.
ONE. Tipsy Parson
156 Ninth Avenue
Grab a spot in the window and cozy up to an uber-sticky, but equally yummy sticky bun. Tipsy Parson is a good bet for a picky bunch, with a little something for everyone. A Southern style with a Yankee flair, their menu ranges from the “Pig in a Poke” (Sausage, eggs, and grits) to Fried Chicken and Waffles. Bonus, they serve Stumptown Coffee – my coffee drinking friends say this is a very good thing!
TWO. The High Line
You really can’t visit NYC without heading over to The High Line. Running from Gansevoort to 34th Street, this stretch of elevated park space is a favorite for those looking for a little exercise, a place for inspiration or a reprieve from the hustle and bustle down below. With great views lots of seating, cozy up in a spot and enjoy a little people watching. You’ll be shocked at some of the funny things you see!
THREE. The Chelsea Market
75 Ninth Street
Oh how I adore this place. I could wander around its halls all day. And since I’m a fan girl of the Food Network, I might stalk the elevators in hopes Bobby Flay wants to chat about mexican food. But back to the market. A true foodie heaven, you can find anything from delicious Italian groceries to unique spices to handwoven baskets. And I’m SUPER excited because the previous Brooklyn-only independent designer market, Artists and Fleas have set up a pop-up shop right in the market. Lots of great jewelry, vintage finds and paper products.
FOUR. Chelsea Piers
Manhattan’s waterfront sports and entertainment complex, Chelsea Piers is a 30-acre stomping ground for anyone looking for a little fun and fitness. They have bowling, ice skating, spa, a gym and so on, but one of my summer favorites is the driving range. While I’m no golfer I do enjoy going with Jon and watching him hit a round or two. Sometimes you’ll find me sneaking in to take a swing. Cool off after a session in the Chelsea Brewery with a locally brewed Sunset Red Ale. Yum!
FIVE. The Frying Pan
Want to meet a group of friends for a few drinks and some easy grub to enjoy a perfect Saturday afternoon under the sun? The Frying Pan is the perfect spot that keeps things casual and allows for great views of the Hudson (and Hoboken of course!) This no-frills ship allows you access to some of its nooks and crannies and a walk-up bar + grill with a menu that includes icy cold pitchers of beer and a delicious clam bake. On gorgeous days, it’s a hot commodity so get there early to snag a prime spot.