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Looking at Chelsea Office Space? Here are Some Neighborhood Highlights

From the most relaxing after-work havens to the best places to work out.

April 27, 2016 | by Haley Walker
Reviewed by real estate expert Michael Colacino

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

Cookshop in Chelsea

Consistently claiming a spot as one of Chelsea’s best lunch spots is Cookshop. This popular 10th Ave. restaurant has an optimal location, mere steps from the High Line. For seating, the airy and plant-lined dining room is usually full and loud. You could also take advantage of the vast outdoor seating area for a more relaxed dining experience.
While the menu is full of simple, yet delicious, American food, the real standouts are the rotisserie-roasted chicken with fire-charred fingerlings, and the Montauk squid with capers, lemon, and parsley.

Location: 156 10th Ave

Best Chelsea Office Outing – Chelsea Piers

Chelsea Piers in Chelsea, NYC

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

Cafe Grumpy in Chelsea is a great escape from the office

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

Barry's Bootcamp's Chelsea location

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 premium Chelsea event space

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

The Half King features one of the best happy hours in Chelsea

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 located within view of plenty of Chelsea office space

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

Upright Citizen Brigade's Chelsea 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.

Location: 307 W 26th St

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