In the heart of Manhattan, where history and culture intertwine, an exciting culinary venture is taking center stage. The iconic Chelsea Hotel, a cornerstone of New York City’s heritage, is embarking on a new journey by unveiling its latest gem — Café Chelsea. This French-American bistro concept marks a significant milestone as it is the first restaurant to grace the hotel’s premises since the remarkable inception of El Quijote in 1930.
The legacy of the Chelsea Hotel is one of creativity, artistic expression, and timeless elegance. The introduction of Café Chelsea continues this tradition by offering patrons and hotel guests a unique fusion of classic French flavors with contemporary American culinary delights. These dishes are curated by an esteemed Chef Derek Boccagno, the restaurant promises a delectable array of dishes that pay homage to traditional French cuisine.
Café Chelsea boasts an array of signature dishes that cater to the discerning palate. Among the must-try items are the succulent Poulet Rôti, the exquisite Tartare de Boeuf, the vibrant Façon Niçoise, and the indulgent Raviole du Dauphiné.
Central to any exceptional dining experience is a well-curated wine selection. The masterful Wine Director, Claire Paparazzo, has meticulously crafted a wine list that captures the essence of Café Chelsea. From celebrated classics to hidden gems, the selection reflects a passion for winemaking craftsmanship and a dedication to sustainability.
The restaurant’s interior design seamlessly harmonizes with the historic Chelsea Hotel. Café Chelsea transports diners into an ambiance that marries nostalgia with modernity. Adorned with cherished artworks and adorned with vintage chandeliers, the space encapsulates the hotel’s enduring charm. Notable features include the Zinc bar, decorative molding, and authentic French accents that pay homage to the hotel’s storied past.
Café Chelsea thoughtfully caters to various dining preferences. From the formal elegance of the Petit Café to the sunlit allure of the Grand Café, each space offers a unique dining experience. Additionally, the ‘Wine Room,’ a private dining area for up to 20 guests, provides an intimate setting for special occasions. For a more relaxed atmosphere, the Solarium, complete with a dedicated bar, can be reserved for private gatherings. Chelsea opens its doors for dinner every evening at 5 p.m., with plans to open all day offering breakfast and lunch in the near future; Reservations can be conveniently made via Resy.