Best Restaurants in Chelsea

October 25, 2016
by Zagat Staff

Here are the top-rated restaurants in Chelsea. 

Del Posto
Italian · Chelsea · $$$$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.7 · Service 4.7

“Hard to top” , this “magnifico” Chelsea Italian showcases the Batali-Bastianich “magic” with “inspired” cuisine and an “extraordinary” wine list in a “glamour palace” setting where “gracious” servers leave you “feeling totally pampered” ; just expect to “spend a whopping amount” , or try the lunch prix fixe for “a true bargain.”
Los Tacos No.1
Taco · Chelsea · $
Food 4.7 · Decor 3.1 · Service 3.8

“Outrageously good” tacos made with “super-fresh” fillings headline the short, “top-notch” Mexican menu at this Chelsea Market stall ( “just look for the long line” ) with a Times Square spin-off; there's "zero seating" , but eats this bueno and “cheap” are “worth standing for.”
Morimoto - Sushi Restaurant
Sushi · Chelsea · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.4

“Sushi master” Masaharu Morimoto’s “Iron Chef–quality” omakase and other “unbelievably good” Japanese dishes are served in a “striking” , ultramodern setting at this West Chelsea destination; it’s true, you’ll “pay handsomely” , but when you need “to impress” , this is “as good as it gets.”
Sushi Seki Chelsea
Japanese · Chelsea · $$$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 3.6 · Service 4.1

Renowned for its “extraordinary” omakase showcasing “beyond-fresh” fish, this “spendy” Japanese mini-chain slices “spot-on” sushi that’s “lovely to behold” ; though the settings can feel “somewhat lacking in charm” , the bi-level Hell’s Kitchen flagship has “significantly better” decor plus a “fancy” whiskey bar (Chelsea also boasts a whiskey bar).
Cull & Pistol Oyster Bar
Oyster Bar · Chelsea · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 3.8 · Service 4.1

A “welcome respite from the craziness of Chelsea Market” , this “lively” Lobster Place offshoot offers the same “amazingly fresh catches” (including “pristine” oysters) turned into “creative” , “well-crafted” dishes; the narrow space makes for “sardine” -like conditions, but the happy hour “can’t be beat.”
Spanish · Chelsea · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.6 · Service 4.3

“Who’d believe you were in NYC” at this “stunning” Chelsea retreat where “lush” digs with “gorgeous flowers” and a retractable roof set the scene for “inventive” tapas that’ll “transport you to Spain” ; “expensive” tabs are forgiven considering the “amazing ambiance.”
Italian · NoMad · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.2 · Service 4.3

“Especially fine” pastas including that “simple but perfect” signature spaghetti headline the “impressive” menu at this Chelsea Italian, where a “well-trained” team delivers the “first-rate” fare; “energy” runs “high” in the “sleek, modern” space, as do the “special-occasion” bills.
Old Homestead Steakhouse
Steakhouse · Chelsea · $$$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.2

Still serving a “hell of a steak” , this “legendary” Chelsea chophouse has been drawing “big spenders” in “big suspenders” since 1868, and its “clubby” (soon to be expanded) quarters “capture a bygone era” ; “robber baron” prices are part of the package, but given the “William Howard Taft” –worthy portions, some call it a “comparative value.”