Gramercy and Flatiron guide: The best of the neighborhood

Find the best restaurants, events, bars, shops, attractions and things to do in Gramercy and Flatiron in Manhattan.

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Flatiron Building

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Taking its name from the distinctive wedge-shaped Flatiron Building, the Flatiron District extends from 14th to 30th Streets, between Sixth and Park Avenues. Initially, it was predominantly commercial, home to numerous toy manufacturers and photography studios. In the 19th century, the neighborhood went by the moniker of Ladies’ Mile, thanks to the ritzy department stores that lined Broadway and Sixth Avenue. These retail palaces attracted the “carriage trade,” wealthy women who bought the latest imported fashions and household goods. By 1914, most of the department stores had moved north, leaving their proud cast-iron buildings behind. By the turn of the millennium, many Internet start-ups had moved to the area, earning it the nickname “Silicon Alley.”

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The Gramercy neighborhood surrounds Gramercy Park—the tranquil, gated square at the bottom of Lexington Avenue between 20th and 21st Streets. A key to the secluded green space, which was developed in the 1830s to resemble a London square, is one of the most sought-after treasures in all the five boroughs. For the most part, only residents of the beautiful surrounding townhouses and apartment buildings have access to the park. But members of two private clubs—the Players Club and the National Arts Club—and guests of the exclusive Gramercy Park Hotel can also gain entry.

To find out more about things to do, see, eat and drink in Manhattan, and discover other neighborhoods in the area, visit our Manhattan borough guide.

Map of Gramercy and Flatiron and travel information

The combined Gramercy and Flatiron neighborhoods lie east of Chelsea, running north from E 14th St to E 30th St between Fifth Ave and the East River (minus the chunk from 23rd St to 30th St between Lexington Ave and the river, known as Kips Bay). However, as with many NYC neighborhoods, the borders are disputed and evolving—NoMad is slowly catching on as the new name for the blocks north of Madison Square Park.

The area is served by the nexus of subway lines (L, N, Q, R, 4, 5, 6) that converge at 14th St–Union Sq station, offering a direct link to lower Manhattan, the Upper East Side, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx; there are further stops for the N, R and 6 at 23rd St and 28th St.

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Restaurants in Gramercy and Flatiron

ABC Kitchen

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. ABC Carpet & Home, 35 E 18th St, between Broadway and Park Ave South, 10003
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The Cannibal

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. 113 E 29th St, between Park Ave South and Lexington Aves, 10016
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Eleven Madison Park

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 4/4
  • Critics choice
  1. 11 Madison Ave, at 24th St, 10010
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15 East

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice
  1. 15 E 15th St, between Fifth Ave and Union Sq West
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Attractions in Gramercy and Flatiron

  1. 175 Fifth Ave, (between 22nd and 23rd Sts)
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Madison Square Park

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice
  • Free
  1. E 23rd St to E 26th St, (between Fifth and Madison Aves)
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Museum of Sex (MoSex)

  • Price band: 2/4
  1. 233 Fifth Ave, (at 27th St)
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Union Square

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice
  • Free
  1. 14th St to 17th St, (between Broadway and Park Ave South)
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Bars in Gramercy and Flatiron

La Birreria

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. 200 Fifth Ave, at 23rd St, 10010
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The Cannibal

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. 113 E 29th St, between Park Ave South and Lexington Aves, 10016
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Pete’s Tavern

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
  1. 129 E 18th St, at Irving Pl, 10003
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Eataly

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. 200 Fifth Ave, between 23rd and 24th Sts
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Shops in Gramercy and Flatiron

Dave’s New York

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. 581 Sixth Ave, between 16th and 17th Sts, 10011
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Fishs Eddy

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
  1. 889 Broadway, at 19th St, 10003
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Paper Presentation

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
  1. 23 W 18th St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves
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Limelight Marketplace

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. 656 Sixth Ave, at 20th St
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