6 Hollywood Rd., Chelsea
In an ultra-feminine, light-filled space punctuated by large olive and clementine trees, a living wall of ferns, and plenty of copper accents, Bandol evokes a somewhat modern take on the airy, relaxed (yet totally upscale) restaurants of the French Riviera. Chef Zsolt Ferencz's food achieves that very same feel, with a menu of large, family-style sharing portions of Provence's greatest hits—everything from a perfect salade niçoise to a warming bouillabaisse and a delectable duck confit. And then, of course, there's brunch, featuring all the classic egg dishes along with a select menu of tartines. The sharing platters are made for large parties, so it makes sense they have two coppered-up private dining rooms, too. Even in the dead of winter, this homey, gleaming spot makes you feel like you've walked straight off the beach in St. Tropez.
Made in Italy
249 King’s Rd., Chelsea
This noisy, crowded spot in Chelsea makes fresh pizza from wood-burning ovens. The crust has that Neopolitan just-chewy-enough consistency that makes it impossible to put down, even after you're a few slices in.
The Anglesea Arms
15 Selwood Terrace, Chelsea
The outdoor deck at the entrance (heated in winter) along with the swanky location near Onslow Gardens makes this traditional pub—where various languages always seem to be floating around—a place to be. There's a quiet dining room in the back, but it's best for a post-work or pre-dinner pint.
9 Phene St., Chelsea
During winter, the garden transforms into a posh winter wonderland, complete with fake snow, fluffy blankets, and real fireplaces. There's nice greenery in warmer months, too. Inside, you'll find a dining area, a bar decorated with leather and books, a lounge, and even a deli counter.
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