Friedman’s Lunch
Chelsea Market
75 9th Ave, Chelsea

It’s nearly impossible to decide on a single eatery for lunch at Chelsea Market. It’s like the most delicious, gourmet food court you can imagine. There is the butcher shop, the dairy, the fish store, several bakeries, and many other little restaurants and food purveyors. I usually like to do a little tour and get the most variety of bites for my visit, but this time we made Friedman’s Lunch our singular choice for this visit. Friedman’s is known for homemade comfort food at affordable prices. It’s a bustling place, like the rest of Chelsea Market, with the charm of a modern-day luncheonette with industrial decor matched with softer wooden tables and chairs. We ordered the Market Scramble, a basic, unremarkable vegetable and egg dish, and the Shrimp & Grits, which was delicious. The grits are creamy with high quality cheddar cheese and the shrimp blackened and perfectly cooked over easy eggs. The combo is total comfort, the culinary equivalent of being on the couch with a blanket and pillow on a rainy day. Next time, I’d like to try some of the other enticing comfort dishes like the Pastrami Hash, Huevos Rancheros and Turkey Meatloaf. Since I can’t have everything at Chelsea Market, I guess I’ll have to be satisfied with conquering these places one by one…