Chelsea Market came of age when Emeril Lagasse started filming his TV show there, and now the Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto adds to the celebrity status with his restaurant aptly named...Morimoto. If New York City hasn't got enough iron chefs already, Chelsea's Morimoto might prove a sharper sword to TriBeCa's Ninja Restaurant. (The long-established Samurai Sharpening Service at Chelsea Market symbolically keeps Morimoto's blades honed.) And to provide enough Zen-like balance to this addition at the west end of the Market, parent Starr organization ensconced Buddakan New York
, an Asian fusion restaurant, at the Ninth Avenue entrance. With Frank's Steaks in the middle and Nicole Farhi's 202
on the other end, we think Chelsea Market has become the Meatpacking District's horizontal reply to Columbus Circle's vertical tower of top chefs. With neighbors like NY1, Oxygen and Food Network the tables are certainly well-covered from all angles.