Nothing beats finding a new restaurant in your neighborhood that’s just a few blocks from home. We recently dined at Merchants NY in Chelsea. This casual family-friendly restaurant features classic American fare and signature crafted cocktails. The restaurant also feature a chic “Living Room” dining and drinking concept. We are excited to share Merchants NY, one of the best restaurants in Chelsea with you.
Best Restaurants in Chelsea in 2021
Merchants NY is located in Chelsea on 7th Avenue and 21st Street. This restaurant is part of Merchants Hospitality Property, a hospitality group founded by Abraham Merchant. We visited multiple sister restaurants Ophelia, Merchants River House and Merchants Cigar Bar. Merchants is open daily for dinner from 4PM to 10PM and for brunch on Friday to Sunday from 11:30AM to 4:00PM. Happy Hour is daily form 4:00PM to 7:00PM. Merchants NY also has a quaint sidewalk cafe, a living rom with a fireplace and old world charm as well as and several private party rooms. If you are looking for the best restaurants in Chelsea, stop by Merchants NY.
Best Restaurants in Chelsea: What to Order to Drink?
Marg my words… it’s happy hour. We started with strawberry and mango margaritas. If you get there before 7PM, definitely order a round of margarita. They are only $5 and delicious. Our favorite was the Mango because it had more unique flavors. It was mangonficent. If you are looking for happy hour spot, check out Merchants NY, one of the best restaurants in Chelsea.
Vodka time is it? We also recommend Merchant’s signature cocktails. We ordered the Make Way for the Queen and the Chelsea Star. Both cocktails have champagne, but our favorite was the Chelsea Star. This cocktail comes with a champagne side that you can pour into the cocktail or sip separately. It’s also made with passion fruit purée, which gives the cocktail a gorgeous marigold color.
The Make Way for the Queen has a gorgeous all natural violet color from the Empress Gin. We actually worked with Empress Gin on a Rosemary Pear Empress Gin Martini.
We also sipped on Sandeman Porto. This ruby port has aromas of red fruits, plums and strawberrie, and pairs well with chocolate desserts, fruit desserts and full flavored cheeses.
Best Restaurants in Chelsea: What to Order for Dinner?
You have guac to be kidding me. We recommend starting with the Avocado Fries. The avocado is tossed in a beer batter and fried. The fries are topped with Wasabi Aioli Drizzle. You’ll feel like a Wass Queen (or King). We tried these Avocado Fries for the first time at Merchants River House.
We also ordered the Fried Calamari. It was perfectly cooked. This wasn’t a good pairing with the Avocado Fries. We recommend picking one or the another along with a non-fried appetizer like the Cheese Board.
That’s pre-pasta-rous! For dinner, we also ordered the Pappardelle with Chicken Ragu and the Homemade Gnocchi. Our favorite was the Pappardelle. We don’t eat pasta often, but this was amazing and you have to order it. It even has red chili flakes, which is something we always add to our pasta. It is also topped with cherry tomatoes, fried quinoa and parmesan.
Just gnocch-ing around. The Gnocchi with Creamy Sage Sauce was always quite delicious. This Gnocchi is rich and creamy, so it’s best to share it. With creamy sage cream sauce and Romano cheese, it’s best to not count calories this day. Both dishes paired nicely with our cocktails.
Just another manic sundae. We finished up our meal with a rich Fudge Brownie Sundae and a Walnut Sour Cream Apple Pie with Vanilla Ice Cream and Whipped Cream. It was the perfect way to conclude our meal at one of the best restaurants in Chelsea in 2021.
This year, grab dinner or drinks at Merchants NY, one of the best restaurants in Chelsea in 2021. The ambiance, drinks and food are fantastic at this Chelsea hidden gem. You can also check out our Outdoor Dining and Indoor Dining section for more recommendations.
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