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Hotel Chelsea, one of the most iconic New York City landmarks, has always corroborated the city’s spirit and heritage. This place has been home to many artists, singers, poets, writers, and creative geniuses like Andy Warhol, Robert Maplethorpe, Madonna, and many more, igniting a sense of innovation in them owing to its historic value and stories centered around the interiors and the overall space. It may not be as popular today but the state-of-the-art décor, the artworks adorned on the walls, and the rock-n-roll ambiance speak of a story that is ever-living. Generations of people have found solace in, cultivated long-lasting relationships, and gained a sense of belonging at Hotel Chelsea. The entire credit goes to its designers for nurturing the feeling of a home away from home. And even though the hotel was shut down for a period of 11 years, it was still able to make a comeback fostered by the loyal clientele and their emotional attachment to the property. The red-brick 12-storied building, the stunning Victorian pieces, cast-iron balconies, hip art elements, and grand chandeliers all provided a space for art to flourish, community building, and freedom of thought. One could be blatantly themselves while having a great time there.
French flavors meet American sophistication at this newest opening in NYC – best of both worlds!
FINE FOOD SPIRIT & WINE
Recently, the hotel has started gaining a push among the younger lot because of the cultural significance and rich history that it holds. And of course, Café Chelsea is a big part of its present recognition.
It feels almost bizarre to understand the establishment of a modern venture in a building that was constructed between 1883 and 1885. What could easily turn into a challenge was handled extremely well by the owners and designers to create a space that would not only draw in the old and familiar crowd but also, cater to the new generation wanting a contemporary structure with a touch of tradition.
Café Chelsea is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner at fixed timings. Check out their website for more details.
The current hottest all-day dining restaurant in NYC, Café Chelsea is here to outlive the rest and how
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THE ALLURE OF CAFE CHELSEA'S DESIGN
This all-day dining, French bistro, is the talk of the town. It has taken over a former Capitol Fishing Tackle shop and converted the hotel’s rooftop into a classy Parisian bistro that not only serves but also looks the part. The brainchild of Charles Seich, Hotels Chelsea’s co-owners, and The Sunday Hospitality team, this place was built to embark upon an exciting journey that takes the hotel’s legacy forward while tailoring itself to the modern-day spirit of NYC. The design of the café has been chosen intentionally to represent the feels of the iconic location it stands in, incorporating it into the faux-vintage theme, traditional mirrors, pretty rugs, mosaic tiles, and art pieces of former residents and guests hanging on the wall. What we also love about this place is that in a busy and chaotic setting that New York City is, it provides an atmosphere to relax and wind down after a hectic day. The cozy interiors and dim lighting are truly the cherry on top.
The café provides space for two dining rooms – The Grand Café and The Petite Café. Seating a total of 200 guests, the place feels gigantic and yet, warm and welcoming. It has also installed a custom-made Zinc bar sideways for the perfect space to linger around and mingle with others.
THE CULINARY DELIGHT
Executive Chef Derek Bocaggno has curated a menu with authentic American flavors to create a delightful French affair; it screams a classic French bistro vibe but the undertone is quite American. The ideation was simple – to take classic dishes and give them unique flavors. Poulet rôti, frisée aux lardons, maitake au poivre, ravioles du Dauphiné, housemade pasta filled with comté, served with a vin jaune and salted butter, chocolate soufflé, an almond pear tart, and vanilla cognac ice cream, are a few items on the menu. The drinks menu is quite varied, ranging from a selection of wines from Burgundy to crafted cocktails like Bum Vivant or a French 75.
There’s no doubt that NYC loves the concept of a French bistro and there are hundreds of restaurants for a fine dining experience when it comes to French delicacies. However, none of them boasts a legendary location or a rich tale of culture, liberty, and artistic outpouring like this one does. We’re keen to see how it fits further into the exciting Manhattan scene.