Chelsea Station is a new arrival within the Chelsea food scene. Operated by Mike Sheridan and Mark Nadow, it has brought an upscale dining experience to our city without breaking our wallets.
What to Eat
Since opening, the menu and prices have gone from a bit too high and slightly missing the flavor mark, to reasonable for a Chelsea wallet and very delicious. The lunch menu has comfort foods like their Lamb Philly Sam, their take on the traditional Philly cheese steak. The shaved lamb with onions, peppers, Portobello & melted cheddar, topped with curry aioli on a grilled baguette is one of the top sellers. The Mac & Cheese comes in a sizzlin’ hot skillet and will fill your belly and your heart. The Scotch Eggs? I can’t even put it into words — just do it. Weekdays from 5–7 boast $1 oysters on the half shell and $2 tacos.
Brunch requires its own description because with $5 mimosas and bloody’s, you’ll end up here for many more hours than you had originally planned. Between the Steak Eggs Benedict, Chorizo & Egg Stuffed Tomatoes, and the hand-formed Burger (that you can totally add an egg to) there’s a little something for everyone. There’s even a Watermelon Feta Salad for those of you saving your calories for cocktails.
What to Drink
The bar offers an extensive variety of liquor, and a rotating selection of canned, bottled, and draft beer. If you’re a regular and you don’t see your favorite thing, just ask. It’s not unheard of for Mike to order you exactly what it was you were looking for.
The I Drink and I Know Things is a must do. For beers they carry Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, 8.2% of delicious oaked vanilla and caramel. Mystic Local brews like Mystic are on draft, as well as Alagash, Nightshift, and Down The Road.
Why to Go
It’s a great place for a first date — not too loud, and their three large TVs provide a buffer if you hit that moment of awkward silence. They have the space for larger post-work or Thirsty-Thursday gatherings, and a center bar booth that seats up to 10 with standing room for a few more. It’s a community table and therefore an ideal place to mix and mingle with friends new and old.
After your second trip in, the bartenders will know your name and you’ll be greeted by old friends. Although it’s a new-Chelsea thing, you’ll feel like you’re old-Chelsea in no time.
Who to Meet
*Jay is server extraordinaire who will guarantee you make good meal choices and even better wine selections.
*Chef Shelly can sometimes be spotted outside of the kitchen. Be sure to wave hello and let her know what you loved.
*Bonnie slings drinks behind the bar and can make your spirits dreams come true.
What to Avoid
The turkey burger is a bit healthier than some other menu options, but it’s also a bit more bland. If you’re in it to feel good about avoiding eating red meat, go for it. If you’re looking for a well seasoned piece of meat, look to your boyfriend instead.
How to get there: http://thechelseastation.com/directions/