For a foliage-filled stroll, head over to Gramercy Park. While small, this quaint space offers a lull in the midst of chaos that is New York City. And we all need a little bit more of that, right? Right.
With a focus on local ingredients, Eleven Madison Park serves 8-10 courses that can be tailored to your allergies or dietary preferences. And with a meal that is most likely going to last a couple of hours, a good cocktail is a necessary. We love the Sleepy Hollow (Genever, Dry Rye Gin, Pumpkin, Mustard, Ginger, Maple Syrup, Lemon, Nutmeg), and the Beatnik (Highlands Blanco Tequila, Foro Amaro, Beet, Pineapple, Lemon, Agave). Sit, bite, and sip, and enjoy the view!
elevenmadisonpark.com - 11 Madison Ave
Madison Park is known as one of New York City’s most beautiful recreational spots. And rightly so. This park offers arts and craft festivals, film screenings on the lawn, a weekly farmers market, and more. Bring a big blanket and your own picnic or get some food at Shake Shack and sit back and enjoy that view of Flatiron. It doesn’t get better than this!
nycgovparks.org/madison-square-park - Madison Ave
We’re all about wining and dining out. However, sometimes a home cooked meal is a must, even while traveling. This is where Eataly comes in. And with a love for good quality food and drink, you know you’re in good hands. So whether your preference is long pasta or short pasta, basil pesto or spicy Tuscan sauce, Eataly has you taken care of.
eataly.com - 200 5th Ave
The John Dory at the Ace Hotel
The glamorous Ace Hotel has a hidden pearl—The John Dory Oyster Bar. It’s cobalt blue and kelly green chairs create the perfect mix of classic yet fun. But let’s get to more important matters—the food. We’re partial to their Raw Bar and suggest a plate of each item. If you’re dining solo, though, we especially love the Littleneck Clams, served with cocktail sauce.
acehotel.com - 20 W 29th St
Friend of a Farmer
With 30 years of making dishes with a farm-to-table mission, Friend of a Farmer is a restaurant you can believe in. And their homey atmosphere will make you feel as if you are in your own. We recommend going for brunch and ordering the Crab Cake Benedict (poached eggs, Canadian bacon, English muffin, hollandaise). If you’re in the mood for something a bit more light, you can’t go wrong with the Homemade Granola (all natural, low fat yogurt, topped with fresh fruit).
friendofafarmer.com - 77 Irving Pl #1
Known by many as the mecca of Spanish cuisine, Bar Jamon at Casa Mono is loved by locals and travelers alike. Chef Andy Nusser does not disappoint with his vibrant plates—from the Soft Egg with Romesco to the Smoked Pork Rillete. And don’t forget to top off one of these mains with some Churros y Chocolate. If you’re dining with a few friends, you may want to order more than one. They’re that good.
casamononyc.com - 52 Irving Pl
Any beloved band or musician you’ve been dying to see? Well, they’re probably playing at Gramercy Theater. With past performances by Billy Joel and Elton John, this theater is always reputable and buzzing.
gramercy.theater - 127 E 23rd St
Although just a baby (est. 2014), this cocktail parlor looks as if it’s been in the neighborhood for the long haul with its early 20th century furniture and decorative walls. Rest easy knowing that they know what they’re doing and order a drink off their Tired and True section. We love the Gibson (gin, dry vermouth, pickled onion), and the Espresso Martini (vodka, cold-brew coffee, espresso & vanilla liqueurs).
dearirving.com - 55 Irving Pl
With a manifesto that declares one’s living space sacred, ABC Home is a must. Their designs are all about beauty, experience, and magic. Their furniture can transform any home, whether you want something neutral, like from their “White White” section, or something much more bold from “Peacock.” The magic is there.
abchome.com - 888 Broadway
Stroll Around Broadway and Flatiron
Sometimes money falls mute when it comes to just experiencing the city that never sleeps. That’s why we highly suggest spending a morning or afternoon simply strolling around Broadway and Flatiron. This neighborhood has history, so why not take it in? It’s so important to remember where a city has been to understand where it’s going. And be sure to appreciate that Gramercy is no longer the swamp that it once was in the 1800th’s.
Residing in a historical Gramercy brownstone, Irving Place has transformed from a coffee and tea bar to a full-fledged cafe. Come for the craft coffee but don’t forget to throw in a sandwich or one of their house-made baked goods.
irvingfarm.com - 71 Irving Pl
Founded by two art directors, Maison Kitsune is a Parisian brand with a Japanese flare. We especially love their notorious sweat shirts with the classic fox patch on the breast. They are simple yet make a bold statement. And isn’t that what we aim to do with fashion, anyway?
shop.kitsune.fr - 1170 Broadway
With the belief of quality over quantity, Le Labo focuses on creating soulful fragrances. And it works. For perfumes, we love Thé Noir 29, it creates a brilliant, fresh duality between softness and strength. And if you’re looking for something to reinvent the aura of a room, we suggest the candle Le Laboâs Santal 26—it’s gentle yet smokey with leathery elements. We’re sold.
lelabogragrances.com - 14 W 29th St
Do you have a party coming up? Something you want to look 10/10 for? Thankfully there’s Opening Ceremony. Jaden Smith loves it and band duo Majid Jordan get featured on it. That being known, this clothing line definitely has something to say, and you will too with when you wear their Velvet Dress or Long Hooded Parka at your next big function.
openingceremony.us - 1190-1192 Broadway
With its inspiration hailing from Rome’s rustic cuisine, Maialino is a trattoria for a modern day New York City. The simplicity of it all is what also makes this place a must. Go for dinner and order the Tonnarelli a Cacio e Pepe (Pecorino & Black Pepper). Pair it with a glass (or two!) of Chardonnay / Greco 2014 and you’ll be ready to experience the rest of your evening!
maialinonyc.com - 2 Lexington Ave