NYCxDesign 2018: Designers Pick the Best of Their NYC Neighborhoods


Along with his wife, Kristen, and chef John Doherty, interior designer Mark Zeff merged the worlds of food, home decor, and lifestyle into one place with the 2017 opening of their Blackbarn Shop, Café and Bar in Chelsea Market. “The vibrant neighborhood, which is quickly becoming the epicenter of a quadriad of west-side neighborhoods, seemed like the perfect fit for this concept store—and we found a great partner with Chelsea Market,” says Zeff. In a sense, he’s come full circle as his eponymous firm was located here in the early 2000s, and he now visits Blackbarn at Chelsea Market thrice weekly. His local recommendations, aside from Blackbarn of course, include Mantiques Modern, one of his favorites for collecting one-of-a-kind design objects, Cookshop for lunch, and the bar at Hotel Americano for drinks. And, while the High Line has largely been the Chelsea attraction for the last decade, Zeff adds, “The new Whitney Museum is a quintessential experience.”


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