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Chelsea: idk tonight’s Top 10 Date Night Picks

By: Sarah Saxty

Uptown elegance and downtown edge come together in Chelsea—the streets further west are filled with world-renowned art galleries and hole-in-the-wall restaurants and wine bars, mingled with sought-after high-rises and converted warehouses. Chelsea is the home of the famed Highline, which has now been completed with its extension up to Hudson Yards, on 35th Street. Expect street art, mixed with high-end art, sommelier prepared wine menus, and happy hour reds or whites. It’s a diverse, creative and culture filled scene, where people can be whoever they want to be or be inspired to at least try.

idk tonight's Top Ten Date Night Picks—Chelsea

Hauser & Wirth Gallery (The Roth New York Bar)
548 West 22nd Street, Manhattan

Go for the art, stay for the (secret) coffee. The Roth New York Bar, tucked away at the end of an unmarked hallway, was originally part of the gallery’s inaugural exhibition showcasing the riotous and slightly unhinged works of three generations of Roths. Some 20 years on, you’ll still find the bar serving up a good espresso or beer on Fridays and Saturdays to anyone that asks. And you will need to ask—the bar is so secret, even when you’re in there it won’t be obvious that it’s a coffee bar. Hauser and Wirth, is well “wirth” the visit, even if it’s not for the caffeine hit or to show off to your date that you know about this secret bar. With locations across the globe, they represent over 75 artists and estates who have been instrumental in shaping their identity, and who are the inspiration for Hauser & Wirth’s diverse range of activities that engage with art, education, conservation, and sustainability.

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Credit: Hauser & Wirth
Brooklyn Bagel and Coffee Compay
286 8th Avenue, Manhattan

Serving Chelsea for almost 2 decades, (strangely enough, not Brooklyn) BB&CC bagels are made fresh on-site throughout the day and will satisfy even the fussiest of bagel connoisseurs—their hand-rolled rounds have the perfect crispy-chewy ratio you dream of. They use only unbleached and unbromated flour and offer gluten-free options as well as bagels made with Spelt flour for those who need ’em. BB&CC goes all-out with the cream cheese flavors, drawing on deep wells of creativity to come up with a “cream cheese flavor of the week”, which might include key lime or cool ranch.

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Credit: Brooklyn Bagel & Coffee Company
192 Books
192 10th Avenue, Manhattan

It’s hard to walk past 192 Books with its quintessential shopfront and inviting big bright windows filled with books to capture your attention. 192 Books offers books of lasting interest on a variety of subjects, including literary fiction, works in translation, art and photography, film, poetry, and more. They also offer a program of interesting conversations with distinguished artists and writers.

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Motel Morris
132 7th Avenue, Manhattan

The neighborhood restaurant we all wish we had—Motel Morris—is in fact, not a Motel. Perch yourselves at the inviting bar and order from their selection of in-house cocktails, prosecco on tap, or extensively curated wine list. The space itself is impressive too, with a modern bistro kind of feel. It looks like a cross between a high-end furniture store and the lobby of a designer hotel in Paris. Dark blue tones, warm, and flattering lighting with a Scandinavian nod, and the pink bathrooms bring the whole old-school-modern design theme together.

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Atlantic Theater Company
76 9th Ave #537, Manhattan

Long before “immersive theater” there was the Atlantic Theater Company, housed in an old church on 20th Street in New York City, where you had to cross the stage to use a restroom. They’re a family of artists dedicated to exploring essential truths onstage, to challenge and transform our ways of thinking and to urge us to reflect on our role in society. From Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning productions to community-based education programs, the Atlantic Theater has since been renovated (you won’t have to cross the stage to use the restroom anymore) but still offers the same, high-quality, thought-provoking off-broadway shows it’s always been known for.

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Credit: Atlantic Theater Company

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Apes & Peacocks at Underline Coffee
511 West 20th Street, Manhattan

The definition of a hole in the wall, this New York coffee roaster is a saving grace in an area that otherwise is few and far between for good coffee. Founder, Brandon Tully, stacked up 20 years of experience in the coffee industry, from sweeping beans to packaging coffee, to roasting, to working as a barista, working his way to finally owning one gem of a shop, Underline Coffee, in the shadow of the Highline.

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Haven's Kitchen
109 West 17th Street, Manhattan

An intimate and immersive cooking session with your S.O where you get to learn, eat, and drink, maybe make some new friends, AND pass off some of the cooking duties? Sounds like a date made in heaven, right? Haven’s Kitchen is a transformed carriage house turned cooking school turned farm to fork cafe, where local chefs lead classes on everything from cooking Vietnamese food with fresh herbs to allergen-free baking. Once the meal is made, participants all grab chairs and eat the spoils together.

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The Golf Club At Chelsea Piers
59 Chelsea Piers, Manhattan

Get ready to tee off. As Manhattan’s only multilevel, year-round driving range, The Golf Club at Chelsea Piers is where you go to get the deluxe treatment: an automated system places the ball on the tee for you, and if that’s not enough, its two simulators give you an opportunity to play at some of the world’s most famous courses. The range juts out over the Hudson River with sweeping unobstructed views making for an ideal spot to get intimate with your…swing.

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Citizens of Chelsea
401 West 25th Street, Manhattan

Eat Good. Drink Good. Feel Good. The tagline for modern Australian cafe, Citizens of Chelsea, pretty much sums it all up. Fresh ingredients and all-day brunch-style dishes (inspired by the plethora of great cafes in Australia) like Smashing Avo, with beet hummus, baby radishes, fetta cheese, pumpkin seeds, and cilantro will change the way you think of avo toast for eternity. Pair it with a seriously well-made latte. Situated in a brightly lit, and plant-filled lofty space you’d be in your right mind to imagine you were sitting in the streets of Melbourne, just without the 24-hour flight.

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Momofuku Nishi
232 8th Avenue, Manhattan

David Chang? Ok, we’re in. We’ve lost count now of the number of great eateries Mr. Chang has presented us with over the years, but this on, serves up Italian favorites with a twist in a very David Chang-esque, contemporary setting. During the dinner service, Nishi offers a pasta tasting for $68, that includes an orecchiette, with duck sausage, tomatillo, and mezcal—definitely not your average Italian. And brunch or lunch, offers your classic egg dishes, plus $6 antipasti plates, and sourdough foccacia with various Italian accompaniments.

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Credit: Gabriele Stabile for Nishi

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