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Best Summer Spots in Chelsea

The epicenter of West Side chic, Chelsea is chock full of stylish summer attractions.

  • Gallow Green
    • Bar And Grill
    • Chelsea
    Atmo.
    24
    Decor
    24
    Service
    21
    Cost
    M

    A world away from the darkly-lit avant garde theatrical production inside, the McKittrick Hotel's seasonal rooftop drinkery offers up fresh air and city views framed by a lush mix of greenery. The cocktail list includes a collection of shareable punch bowls, and bottomless brunch is up for grabs on weekends.

  • Frying Pan
    • Chelsea
    Atmo.
    21
    Decor
    16
    Service
    11
    Cost
    M

    A summer institution on the Hudson, this rocking bar-on-a-barge is docked near the Chelsea Piers, drawing crowds with buckets of Corona, pitchers of sangria and casual bites from the grill. There’s plenty of room once you’re in, but be prepared for a line at the entrance.

  • People's Pops
    • Ice Cream Shop
    • Chelsea
    Food
    23
    Decor
    12
    Service
    16
    Cost
    $6

    This Brooklyn-born artisanal popsicle peddler sets up shop on the High Line each summer at the West 15th Street entrance, crafting made-to-order frozen pops from locally sourced ingredients. Past flavors include strawberry black pepper, sweet corn vanilla and even a few booze-infused concoctions.

  • Salinas
    • Spanish
    • Chelsea
    Food
    22
    Decor
    22
    Service
    21
    Cost
    $59

    Ideal for steamy summer nights, the glass roof stretching over this Chelsea Spanish’s courtyard dining room retracts when the weather allows it, adding an extra layer of warmth to its posh interior. The tapas-centric menu is meant to be shared.

  • The Park
    • American
    • Chelsea
    Food
    18
    Decor
    23
    Service
    15
    Cost
    $39

    This Chelsea Mediterranean lives up to its name, offering Eden-like dining options at various vantages. Patrons can sit beneath maple trees and wisteria vines in its garden or grab a cocktail on its High Line-level rooftop patio.

  • Montmartre
    • French
    • Chelsea
    Food
    21
    Decor
    19
    Service
    20
    Cost
    $61

    Été at Gabe Stulman’s Chelsea haute bistro becomes especially sunny when enjoyed en plein air in its verdant outdoor space. The patio includes its own full-service bar and an herb garden tended by Brooklyn Garage.

  • Empire Diner
    • American
    • Chelsea
    Food
    21
    Decor
    18
    Service
    19
    Cost
    $37

    Maybe the most historic sidewalk seating in the neighborhood, Amanda Freitag’s iteration of this circa-1940s dining icon offers up sidewalk seating, in view of Tenth Avenue and its own art deco exterior. With cool treats such as banana splits, it even has the retro-inspired menu to match.

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