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Posted by Cjayee on 10/28/2011
It's late and i've been looking online for a place to order delivery, and I perused the comments on Chelsea Square, thought I'd add my two cents. I've lived in Chelsea my whole life and know this diner well from over the years. This diner is perfect for, as one reviewer said, someone with simple tastes. The food is mediocre but I don't mean that in a bad or good way, just being objective. I've ordered burgers from here (but now I prefer Moonstruck - across the street, for that). What I enjoy from here, oddly enough, is they're chef salad - it's huge, and has a selection of cold cuts and comes with challah bread (sometimes, you have to ask otherise they won't bring it). What I don't like is their omelets, which I would typically order with cheese. I remember a pizza guy once telling me that there were several types of cheese a place can purchase - the 99-cent/lb, the $1.99, and the $2.99 variety - I'm sure the prices have gone up these days, I'm also sure that Chelsea Square uses the 99-cent variety. It is absolutely tasteless. Now, I like Chelsea Square for what it is - a late night diner when nothing else is available. Delivery generally is very quick - sometimes not of course. I opt for this diner when I want delivery food quickly, at an inconvenient hour, or when I want a great chef salad (again oddly enough). If one has simple tastes, this place would hit the spot for much more, i'm sure.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/21/2011
Ordered breakfast meal, very simple and quick to make. 45minutes passed and I called to check where the order was. The guy who answered the phone was rude and told me the order was leaving soon, they were busy, and then hung up.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/07/2011
An hour wait, cold food.... Stay away from the delivery!
Posted by anonymous on 04/12/2011
I don't expect "finesse" from a diner, so I was more than happy with our first time at CSR. The food was very good and there was enough of it. The service was even better. And they make a mean Long Island Iced Tea. Plus location location location! Will be back.
Posted by Chelsea Resident on 01/10/2011
I've eaten here dozens of times. The French toast is great. It is a great diner, I've thoroughly enjoyed nearly every visit here. The broiled chopped sirloin is gigantic and has been cooked perfectly every time. For simple tastes, this place consistently does the trick.
Posted by NYer on 10/31/2010
After two tries I have to say this is one of the worse diners I've been to in NYC. Food looks as if it was carelessly thrown onto the plate. No finesse, everything looked sloppy and unappetizing. Salad was a messy pile of lettuce with a huge glob of tasteless dressing slapped in the middle. A simple grilled cheese was cut into two sloppy rectangles and tasted like bunt butter. Mash potatoes weren't good. Spaghetti and hamburger were mediocre at best. Do yourself a favor and try the diner across the street. The only thing this place has is the huge windows, otherwise I think it would be gone by now.
Posted by BEE on 10/10/2010
There's a recent new manager at the restaurant who claims he's been with the restaurant for 35 years. He now requires the waiters to charge for the containers used for "food to go". An additional $.90 cents was added to our dinner bill because we were taking soome food home. When we questioned the charge, he said we now have to pay for the containers. I don't know how long The Chelsea Square Diner" has been in existence but I've been living in Chelsea for 45 years and have been going to the diner for at least that long. This manager was there for about a week and immediately lost my friend and myself as customers. Believe me, we won't be the only ones not coming back.