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A visitor pauses at a painting on view (Credit: Natan Dvir)

A visitor pauses at a painting on view at Chelsea's Michael Rosenthal Gallery, an historically-minded gallery that shows artists both new and old. (March 9, 2013)

Chelsea: Art and dining

It took only 10 years for West Chelsea to transform from an area of windswept blocks dotted with taxi garages to the undisputed center of the international art world. Here, our picks for taking in art and food in the area.

Visitors to the new David Zwimmer Gallery, where
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Visitors to the new David Zwimmer Gallery, where the architecture is as much a part of the experience as the art, on 20th Street in Chelsea (March 9, 2013)

A visitor looks at the Arman exhibition at
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A visitor looks at the Arman exhibition at Paul Kasmin Gallery in Chelsea. (March 9, 2013)

A visitor pauses at a painting on view
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A visitor pauses at a painting on view at Chelsea's Michael Rosenthal Gallery, an historically-minded gallery that shows artists both new and old. (March 9, 2013)

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People exit the David Zwimmer Gallery on 20th
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People exit the David Zwimmer Gallery on 20th Street in Chelsea. (March 9, 2013)

A guard keeps a watchful eye next to
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A guard keeps a watchful eye next to some paintings by Helen Frankenthaler, whose work is on exhibit at the Gagosian Gallery on 21st Street in Chelsea. (March 9, 2013)

A woman peeks into the Arman exhibition at
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A woman peeks into the Arman exhibition at the Paul Kasmin Gallery in Chelsea. (March 9, 2013)

A woman examines the menu at La Lunchonette
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A woman examines the menu at La Lunchonette cafe in Chelsea, a French bistro on the corner of 10th Avenue and 18th Street. (March 9, 2013)

Menus rest under the bar at La Lunchonette
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Menus rest under the bar at La Lunchonette cafe in Chelsea, a French, neighborhood bistro that predates the chic invasion of the Meatpacking District. (March 9, 2013)

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The Paul Kasmin Gallery in Chelsea is exhibiting
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The Paul Kasmin Gallery in Chelsea is exhibiting the quirky French artist Arman. (March 9, 2013)

Visitors view the
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Visitors view the "Dieter Roth. Bjorn Roth" exhibition at Hauser and Wirth Gallery in Chelsea. (March 9, 2013)

Visitors view the Michael Riedel show at the
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Visitors view the Michael Riedel show at the David Zwimmer Gallery in Chelsea. (March 9, 2013)

A visitor at the Michael Riedel show at
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A visitor at the Michael Riedel show at the David Zwimmer Gallery in Chelsea sits down to listen to an audio presentation. (Mar. 9, 2013)

Patrons linger inside and outside at Joe Coffee
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Patrons linger inside and outside at Joe Coffee on 23rd Street in Chelsea. (March 9, 2013)

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A strawberry cake at La Bergamote Patisserie and
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A strawberry cake at La Bergamote Patisserie and Bistro in Chelsea. (March 9, 2013)

Rocket Pig restaurant on 24th Street in Chelsea
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Rocket Pig restaurant on 24th Street in Chelsea has a painted pig pointing the way to the entrance and specializes in its eponymous sandwich, a smoked spice-rubbed pork on ciabatta roll served with red onion jam and mustard sauce, a house-made pickle and hot sauce. (March 9, 2013)

People linger over pastries and coffee at La
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People linger over pastries and coffee at La Bergamote Patisserie and Bistro in Chelsea. (March 9, 2013)

The Rosenthal Gallery is in the Jean Nouvel
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The Rosenthal Gallery is in the Jean Nouvel building in Chelsea. (March. 9, 2013)

Two young women sit on a bench outside
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Two young women sit on a bench outside Joe Coffee on 23rd Street in Chelsea. (March 9, 2013)

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Chelsea's 22nd Street, near the High Line (March
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Chelsea's 22nd Street, near the High Line (March 9, 2013)

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