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Chelsea Market shopping and Friedmans for lunch

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If you're looking to escape the winter chill, but still want to walk around and enjoy shopping and globally inspired cuisine, look no further than Chelsea Market. In just 15 years this indoor food mecca serving everything from wine to soup, coffee to gelato attracts a lot of tourists in addition to native New Yorkers.

If you appreciate galleries and events, this unique spot hosts everything from the New York ChiliFest (NYC’s biggest Chili and Beer Festival) to sample sales and the Stray Kat Art Exhibit. While there are many great places to dine, if you're in the mood for a refreshingly light and delicious meal, head to Friedmans Lunch.

The food here is highly inventive and there are a wide variety of dishes to choose from that use seasonally relevant ingredients plus a whole host of gluten-free options, making it an ideal choice for most dietary restrictions.

The best part about Friedmans is its down-to-earth feel and its cozy setting. The decor here is charming and incorporates rustic vintage elements like exposed filament light bulbs, mirrors, patterned wallpaper and chalkboard menus. The coffee is fresh and delicious, the servers are charming and attentive and portions are generous.

The salads here are delicious. The salmon and grilled chicken are cooked to perfection. Other noteworthy dishes include the 'Spicy Mac n' Cheese,' 'Brisket Burger,' and the 'Reuben.' Friedman's Lunch is open for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner and lets guests take-out or dine-in; it even offers full-service catering.

So this winter escape the cold in this expansive indoor food market, browse the stores, find unique gifts and enjoy a memorable meal with your loved ones at this iconic New York location.

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