Walking through Chelsea Market you get a feeling of the lost industrial culture it's history suggests intertwined with modern restaurants, kitchen stores, and small grocers. We meandered through an Italian grocery store with the largest assortment of olives I've ever seen, dried pasta, and a meat counter adorned with procuitto and a variety of salamis. We sipped fresh milk at the Milk Bar from Ronnybrook Dairy paired with chocolate cannolis and apricot rugelach from Ruthy's Bakery. For lunch, we had crab and tomato soup from Hale and Hearty Soups. Strolling down the wood planked corridor, we continued to admire the charm of the old building as the bustling crowd funneled us through to more shops full of fresh flowers, chocolate, and seafood. One restaurant I admired enough to walk in and grab a menu of to take home with me to study was The Green Table, a sustainable eatery and wine bar. I opened the menu and the first thing I noticed was the date stamped at the top of the page, unusual but necessary for a restaurant that plans its menu around fresh, local, and seasonal foods. What would I picked off the menu if we would of eaten there? It's a toss up between choucroute- or what the french would describe as dressed sauerkraut- (alsatian style sauerkraut with Blooming Hill Farms cabbage, served with Flying Pigs Farm pork belly, house made sausage and fingerling potatoes) and the Macaroni and Cheese (Coach Farm goat cheese, Neighborly Farms- and to think I *almost* didn't include a link to their webpage!- organic colby and cheddar, parmesan and Hudson Valley milk combined with organic pasta and topped with herbed breadcrumbs). Whew!
There is much to explore, pronounce, and taste at the Chelsea Market. In addition to the amazing shops and eateries, the main offices of the Food Network are housed just above the Market. Unfortunately, we were not joined for lunch by Bobby Flay or Alton Brown but the food and atmosphere were amazing nonetheless. A must see for any visit to New York City!