Much To My Delight

Much To My Delight

Chelsea Market

Over Saturday brunch, my girlfriend Tara told us about a recent conversation she had with an acquaintance–let’s call her Mitsy–who complained that her husband watches a lot of sports, leaving her a “football widow” on Sunday afternoons. Tara, being the tactful woman she is, giggled politely and said: “Football widow–what a funny little expression. Ha-ha-ha. ” Of course, in the retelling to us, her thought bubble was more like “Football widow? Ughh…get a hobby.” 
I’m kind of on Team Tara here. I love spending time with my man–he is the peanut butter to all my jelly–but I got no problems when he makes himself scarce for a few hours. There are a lot of things we like to do together, but we each have our own interests and like to keep it that way. I know I don’t want to get dragged onto a driving range, and he certainly has no interest in spending two hours in the gastronomic playland that is Chelsea Market.
But I sure do!! So that’s where I was Sunday afternoon, while he was off at a bar watching the Jets game with other smelly boys.
If you’re ever visiting NYC and feel the need to overstimulate all five senses, this is the place to come. The building started out as the site of the National Biscuit Company in the 1890s. It’s since come to house some of the best bakeries, sandwich shops and specialty food stores in the city. 
One of my favorite shops is the Italian grocer Buon Italia, which has an incredible selection of cheeses, pastas, spices and charcuterie. They even sell parm sandwiches and big slabs of lasagna out front.
Occasionally one of the Food Network stars will be filmed taping in this store, among others. Did I mention Chelsea Market is the home of the Food Network?
This place was incredible; I don’t know how I’d missed it before. It’s called the Filling Station, and they offer the most unique selection of fancy-pants salts, vinegars and oils I’ve ever seen.
This is all just salt!

White truffle, Hawaiian black salt and Espresso Sea Salt…what?! I sampled the espresso, and if that wouldn’t taste great sprinkled on a piece of chocolate shortbread, I don’t know what would.
Have you ever heard of coconut vinegar or white grapefruit balsamic vinegar? I hadn’t. I’m curious: what would you use each in? I went home with a small bottle of white truffle oil (I finally caved) and another bottle of porcini oil that I plan to use in risotto. They smelled incredible!
Another spot worth checking out is Bowery Kitchen Supply, which is exactly what it sounds like. Lots of cooking gadgets and gizmos. Cool store that’s especially good for bakers, but the prices are a little inflated.
The store Imports from Marrakesh seems a bit out of place in a sea of food spots, but the beautiful textiles in bright colors are real, real purty.
Behind-the-scenes bakers can be spotted through floor-to-ceiling windows at Amy’s Bread.
If my wallet had allowed, I would have splurged on a lobster roll for lunch. Seafood is another thing I indulge in when the boyfriend is out of pocket. He won’t touch the stuff. 
I had a great solo day at Chelsea Market, and met my man back at home with a big, goofy hug when we were finally reunited. See, absence cheese really does make the heart grow fonder.

Jenn P.

30-something psychotherapist. Loves cooking, hosting parties, exploring new places. Texan by birth. New Yorker by choice. Likes to tell little stories. Pull up a chair; I'll tell you one.

  • gabrielle
    and dont forget anthropologie. my bf’s office is in chelsea market and im perpetually jealous that he gets to be there all of the time. i should tell him to get me some truffle salt- i have wanted some!
  • Lauren Zabaneh
    what I love about your posts, Jenn, is that you take me on a tour of places I’ve always been curious about! This looked like a blast! Now, this may just be my hubs, but over the years his love for football and sports watching in general has waned. Really since we had kids…and I’ll admit, I really like that. I think it’s hard for him to commit hours to mindless games when there are three little people chanting, “daddy! daddy!” Kinda hard to pay attention. But I know, as soon as they get older, the boys will be watchin’ football with daddy and it will start all over again.
  • Roxy Te
    Truffle salt? I’m pretty sure RZ wouldn’t, but I die.
  • Cupcake
    That would be awesome to have such an amazing market close by!! You’re a lucky duck!
  • Danielle @ Antiquated Treasures
    I experience that same “football window” but the time is very much appreciated, as I designate that time to surfing the blogosphere and what have you. This is such an awesome post!! Those salt flavors are so intriguing. I REALLY want to go there now! So awesome.
  • koko
    I need to go! This is beautiful…
  • buttonjar
    My husband goes to conferences a few times a year and we enjoy the space – makes it that more fun when he comes home! Soooo jealous of your access to that market…I’m drooling up in here… Lydia x
  • Lelan @ Good Gravy!
    I’m on Team Tara! I laughed at “ugh, get a hobby.” Ha ha!
  • Anonymous
    After working around the corner for 7 years, I have to tell you that going on weekdays is really the best. Half of the kitchens don’t really operate on Sat/Sun. But I sure do miss it.
  • Monet
    I adore Chelsea Market. Ryan and I visited it for the first time in May, and we were smitten. Watching the bakers was one of my favorite parts! Thank you for sharing, love. I hope you are having a relaxing Wednesday night!
    That’s so funny! A Football widow… That’s what Saturday afternoons are aren’t they? I love the idea of coconut vinegar, and the Hawaiin black salt, all very intriguing! Great pictures and also post, i feel like i’m over indulging on the senses!
  • Beth
    What a great post. I love markets, and this looks like one I’d like to visit.