The Chelsea Is Almost in Full Swing; Want Stephen Starr's Menu As Proof?

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As if to step up to Guest of a Guest’s aggressive plugging coverage of the Surf Club in Montauk, Down by the Hipster bused it to Atlantic City and checked into the Chelsea on the first weekend that Matt Abramcyk and Paul Sevigny’s fifth-floor lounge and pool deck served food. So was it a fun time?

By 3:30, it was seemingly anything goes, and almost anything did. We headed upstairs at about 4, but it seemed like we were the first. Such losers. If the Chelsea wanted to show that the NYC kiddies would be willing to trek down to the dirty dirty, this is certainly a good start. Those who were there certainly learned first hand that you can have fun in Atlantic City. But how did they enjoy the shore regulars that had to gawk at their VIP treatment? And will that turn the regulars off? We certainly shall see.

One thing DBTH doesn’t mention is Chelsea Prime, the Stephen Starr restaurant that’s now up and running (his other one, Teplitzki's, is expected to open next Monday). As you can see by taking a look at the thoroughly surf-and-turf menu, the steakhouse offers a raw bar featuring caviar and $25 Alaskan king crab legs, a selection of line-caught fish, dry-aged porterhouses that range from $45 to $105, and some ten- to eighteen-ounce steaks. Sounds great, but is it worth missing Skid Row at Joey Harrison’s Surf Club!?!?!

An Evening At: The Fifth Floor at the Chelsea [DBTH]