The Flatiron District, Union Square & Gramercy Park
(Gramercy Park:16th to 23rd streets,East Park Avenue; Flatiron District south 23rd Street to 14th Street, between Broadway and 6th Ave; Union Square "the hub" from 14th Street to 18th Street.)
Known for Dining, historic sites, architecture, Off-Broadway theater
There’s a reason everyone wants to have their office in Flatiron—in addition to being easily accessible from basically any part of the city, its streets are chock-full of great restaurants, bars, and shops. Historically, it was in these three bustling overlapping areas that the first department stores opened in the1850s. Interestingly the area is also another part of New York's Off-Broadway hot spot. Union Square is the hub of the districts, an urban park surrounded by restaurants and stores. On the weekends, the area is a combination of Union Square Farmer's Markets, Eataly, and casual strolls through Gramercy Park.
Places to Eat
This is a place fit for foodies, with Chef Jean-Georges, ABC Kitchen is a temple to inventive, seasonal, and local cooking sourced from nearby farms. All GMO-free, without pesticides and hormones. It's not surprising because you can taste the well-sourced provenance on the plate.
WHAT TO ORDER: Housemade ricotta ravioli and fried organic chicken in a hot butter sauce.
*Seasonal menu changes
A tapas bar restaurant inspired by Spain's Costa Brava cooking, headed by Chefs Mario Batali and Andy Nusser. The vibe and food is still just as great—particularly to those really missing Spain. The menu leans pretty heavily on proteins, but the more veggie-driven dishes hold their own, too.
WHAT I LOVED: I loved the Ensalada Mono with Manchego, Lamb Loin Pintxo with Escalivada, and Patatas Bravas.
*Mono's sister property next door, Bar Jamón, is great for a post-dinner nightcap.
Since 1986, Friend of a Farmer has been a pioneer in the farm-to-table movement. They have a reputation for seasonally fresh and local ingredients. The interior ambiance is a rustic, cozy setting full of character and charm, plus with superb food.
WHAT I LOVED: shrimp appetizer, shepherd's pie, and braised lamb.
One of America’s most beloved restaurants, Gramercy Tavern has welcomed guests for over 23 years to enjoy seasonal American cuisine, warm hospitality and unparalleled service. Chef Michael Anthony’s seasonal menu consists of elegant dishes with a rustic influence that showcase the restaurant’s relationships with local farms and purveyors.
WHAT I LOVED: Smoked Duck Andouille, Cabbage, Shrimp, Carolina Gold Rice.
THINGs TO DO
From mid-November until late-December, the Union Square Holiday Market is an internationally renowned market located at the heart of New York City, in Union Square Park. Hailed as a must-visit destination for unique gifts created by local craftsmen and artists, millions of people browse the winding aisles each year enjoying this unique and eclectic holiday experience.
Essentially Costco-sized, this Italian gourmet grocery store stocks aisle after aisle of the best artisanal ingredients, including truly fantastic fresh pasta. Throughout the space, you’ll find plenty of places to sit down and eat. It includes a rooftop birreria, the best way to experience Eataly it is to grab a seat at one of the many bar-size specialty eateries scattered across the main shop floor.