One of the most historic areas in New York, GramercyPark and the Flatiron District have quite a lot to offer. Spanning from about 30th Street down to 14th Street, and from the East River north to Fifth Avenue, Gramercy offers its residents a unique experience, in that it is extremely close to the hip downtown neighborhoods of Soho, Union Square, and the Village, while still maintaining an upscale, “uptown” vibe. The area is based around GramercyPark, the only private park in New York, which only residents of nearby homes are given access to. With beautiful pre-war and post-war high rises, as well as elegant townhouses and brownstones along the park built by famous architects, GramercyPark is a sophisticated, yet traditionally residential neighborhood that everyone will appreciate. Located nearby is the small neighborhood known as the Flatiron District, named after the famous FlatironBuilding (23rd and Broadway), which is so well known for its unique architecture. The Flatiron District stretches from around Union Square up to 26th Street, and from Park Avenue west to Sixth Avenue. The neighborhood is also home to MadisonSquarePark, a beautiful park home to the famous Shake Shack, spanning from 23rd to 26th Street along Madison Avenue. With many great restaurants, an active nightlife, and the close proximity to both uptown and downtown Manhattan, GramercyPark and the Flatiron District are both great places to live, and combine to form a highly desirable area in the center of New York. From the historic charm to the trendy vibe, the neighborhood is a place that appeals to young professionals, families, and older residents alike.
WHY YOU’LL LOVE LIVING THERE:
Gramercy and the Flatiron District are home to tons of small, ethnic restaurants, as well as trendier, upscale locales, making it so that there is a place for everyone. For delicious, traditional barbecue, check out Blue Smoke (116 E. 27th Street), and for Spanish tapas, try Casa Mono (52 Irving Place). For a classic NY sandwich, Defonte’s (261 Third Ave) is the best in the neighborhood, while La Petite Auberge (116 Lexington Ave) has tasty French cuisine.
GramercyPark and the surrounding area itself are a historic part of Manhattan. Also in the neighborhood is Irving Place, where you can find many restaurants, bars, and even outdoor concerts and entertainment at the IrvingPlaza. MadisonSquarePark also offers a much needed respite from the city and play area for children, and the FlatironBuilding is a New York landmark definitely worth seeing. The New York Hall of Science, the Illustration House, and the notorious Museum of Sex are also located in the neighborhood. Additionally, you can catch the latest movie at the AMC Loews IMAX Theater on 2nd Ave and 32nd Street).
Travelling around the city from Gramercy/Flatiron District is extremely easy, given the many subway options, as well as the close proximity to Union Square, where one can find almost every line of the subway, including the 4, 5, 6, N, Q, R, W, and L trains. The 6, R, and W trains travel to 23rd Street and 28th Street, and the F and V trains also stop at 23rd Street on Sixth Avenue.
P.S. 40, M.S. 104, and H.S. 460, and H.S. 413 are located in the area, as well as XavierHigh School.
With lounges, bars, pubs, and everything in between, nightlife in Gramercy and the Flatiron District will always prove to be a great time. For a classic cocktail lounge, try 3 Steps (322 Second Ave), while Enoteca I Trulli offers a chic wine bar. For great jazz music in a swanky setting, head over to Jazz Standard (116 E. 27th Street), and if you’re in a festive mood, Flûte (40 E. 20th Street) is the perfect lounge setting to go to.
Small boutiques and shops are scattered throughout Gramercy, while many textile and home-furnishing stores are located in the Flatiron District. Many clothing stores have been popping up along Broadway, and towards Union Square there are many shopping options.
Other restaurants in Gramercy/Flatiron District:
- ‘Inoteca vino, cucina e liquori bar (323 Third Ave)- $$$- Italian, Wine bar
- Allegriti (46 W. 22nd Street)- $$$- French
- Barbounia (250 Park Ave South)- $$- Greek
- BLT Prime (111 E. 22nd Street)- $$$$- Steakhouse
- Catch de Fish (147 Third Ave)- $$- Thai, Seafood
- La Delice (372 Third Ave)- $- Bakery
- Latin Thing (61 Lexington Ave)- $$- Latin American
- Los Dos Molinos (119 E. 18th Street)-$$- Mexican
- Maoz Vegetarian (38 Union Square East)- $- Vegetarian
- Novitá (102 E. 22nd Street)- $$- Italian
- Punch (913 Broadway)- $$- Global
- Rickshaw Dumpling Bar (61 W. 23rd Street)- $- Asian
- Sahara’s Turkish Cuisine (513 Second Ave)- $$- Turkish
- Shake Shack (MadisonSquarePark)- $- Burgers, To-Go
- SushiSamba (245 Park Ave South)- $$$- Sushi
- Wildwood Barbeque (225 Park Ave. South)- $$$- BBQ
For more restaurants in Gramercy/Flatiron District, go to New York Magazine’s restaurant page: http://nymag.com/restaurants/?f=food
Other bars in Gramercy/Flatiron District:
- Copper Door Tavern (272 Third Ave)- Sportsbar
- Crimson (915 Broadway)- Nightclub
- Duvet (45 W. 21st Street)- Lounge
- The House (121 E. 17th Street)- Wine bar
- Old Town Bar & Restaurant (45 E. 18th Street)- Saloon
- Still (192 Third Ave)- Bar/Lounge
- The Watering Hole (106 E. 19th Street)- Neighborhood Favorite, Bar
For more bars in Gramercy/Flatiron District, go to New York Magazine’s bars page: http://nymag.com/nightlife/?f=bars
- New York Sports Club (NYSC) (303 Park Ave South)
- Equinox (897 Broadway)
- New York Health & Racquet Club (60 W. 23rd Street)
- Gramercy Cleaners (44 E. 22nd Street