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Contemplating some Chelsea office space? We’ve rounded up some of the neighborhood’s best features for its working patrons. From where to buy lunch to where to take your team for happy hour, here’s the best of Chelsea.
Best Chelsea Lunch Place- Cookshop
Best Chelsea Office Outing – Chelsea Piers
Every once in a while, it’s nice to coral employees for an outing that gets them out of the office and allows them to socialize with each other in a relaxed setting. Luckily, businesses located in Chelsea have quick access to Chelsea Piers – a massive sports and entertainment complex. With options that include, but are certainly not limited to, batting cages, bowling alleys, rock climbing, and scavenger hunts, your employees are sure to have a fun and memorable experience.
Location: 62 Chelsea Piers
Best Chelsea Coffee Shop – Cafe Grumpy
Despite its name, Cafe Grumpy is a warm and friendly shop. It has a beautiful courtyard with an abundance of green that is perfect for getting some fresh air on a nice day. The shop is also known for having some of the best coffee and pastries in the city. Numerous people rave about Cafe Grumpy’s dark roast and peanut butter cookies. One thing to keep in mind is that this cafe has a no-laptop policy, so don’t expect to settle down here to respond to emails. Instead come with a book to read, or a coworker to chat with. For work-friendly coffee shop options, check out our Chelsea Coffee guide.
Location: 224 W 20th St
Best Chelsea Gym – Barry’s Bootcamp
Are you looking for a workout that will leave you exhausted, but also on the ultimate endorphin high? Barry’s Bootcamp is the self-proclaimed best workout in the world. The boutique studio offers showers, towels, hair products, and hair dryers, which means you’ll be able to rinse off after your sweat-inducing workout and then head back to the office.
The one-hour workout consists of a 15-minute session on a treadmill followed by a 15-minute dumbbell session, and then the set is repeated. We promise that by the end of the hour you will have had your butt kicked.
Location: 135 W 20th St
Best Chelsea Event Space – Loft 227
Loft 227 is the perfect place for you to host any of your larger business events. Whether you’re entertaining investors or clients, or throwing a party for your employees, Loft 227 is equipped to handle it all. The white-walled loft can comfortably hold 75 – 125 people and include amenities such as ample seating, multiple lighting options, a full-wall projection screen, and a great sound system. There is even a fully-stocked kitchenette in the area for events that may require cooking or serving food. In Loft 227’s welcoming and state of the art venue, you are sure to throw an event your guests will never forget.
Location: 227 W 29th St
Best Happy Hour
After spending a long day in the office, grab a few coworkers and head over to The Half King Bar & Restaurant for an excellent Happy Hour. Ideally located just steps away from the High Line, this cozy bar and eatery offers a large outdoor seating area, making it a particularly pleasant choice for a nice day.
Happy Hour is from 5pm – 8pm, 7 days a week, and offers specials that include $5 draft beers, $7 glasses of wine, and $8 specialty drinks. Come here to relax, unwind, and maybe even catch a live reading or photography showcase.
Location: 505 W 23rd St
Best Place to Relax – The High Line
The High Line is one of New York City‘s most notable parks. It offers a beautiful walking path lined with lounge chairs, food carts perfect for lunch, and the occasional performer. Located on an elevated section of an old New York City railroad, a stroll along this Chelsea attraction is sure to reward you with magnificent views of the skyline and Hudson River. Settle down in one of the lounge chairs to catch up on some reading or take part in some great people-watching. The breath of fresh air that a trip to the High Line will provide you with will be the perfect respite from long days at your desk.
Location: Entrances listed here
Best-Kept Secret — The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre
One of Chelsea’s best-kept secrets is the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. This improvisational comedy theater was founded by famous comedians such as Matt Besser, Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts and Matt Walsh. It is home to a number of comedy sketches which will leave you laughing so hard that you’ll have tears streaming down your face.
Their most popular show is performed twice on Sundays. The 7:30pm performance is $10 and you can buy your ticket in advance, while the 9:00pm performance is FREE, but you can’t reserve a ticket. Whether you end up seeing any of their performances, we promise that you will not be disappointed.