Chelsea markets has a fantastic selection of eateries housed in an old biscuit factory on the block between 9th & 10th avenue and west 15th & 16th street. Being on the edge of the Meat Packing District and with an entrance to the High Line just at the rear of the markets, it is a popular place. But there are as many local shoppers as there are people with cameras ( me being one of them ) and the food, as well as the ambiance is excellent. There are musicians and food samples & delicious smells, and the clever coordination of the old factory features with new design is an inspiration. The Aussie Tuck Shop – a New York success story – has recently moved in, and you can even buy the deliciously pink Murray River salt from the stall behind it. We did a fashion shoot years ago at Amy’s Bread, which is one of the original bakeries with floor to ceiling glass walls through which you can see the whole baking process. They make bread twists – my favorite is the fennel & raisin semolina, but their almond brioche toast is also very good. But wait, hold the presses! They are making their cinnamon and raisin buns again and they are the best ever. There was a brief hiatus in the making of these delicious sticky fruit buns, but they are back, fulfilling that almost impossible expectation of a childhood treat rediscovered. Hello Grandma!
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