Union Square NYC



Flatiron, Gramercy, NoMad

Union Square (my hood!), the Flatiron District and part of Greenwich Village all have a mix of residence and business tenants. Additionally, colleges such as NYU, The New School and FIT dominate the area, making it very fun and lively. It is one of the best dining areas in Manhattan, with something for every palate and budget. Gramercy is a very wealthy and residential area, with deliberately little commerce, as well as the famous Gramercy Park, where only a few elite have the elusive key.

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Union Square NYC
Union Square New York City

Things to Do

Flatiron Building (175 5th Ave, 22nd/23rd) –  beautiful building and icon that has appeared in countless movie and television productions and on more postcards than perhaps any other modern building.

Flatiron District (175 5th Ave, 22nd/23rd) – Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership offers free walking tours every Sunday, 11am. Meet at the SW corner of Madison Square Park, 23rd/Bway.

Madison Square Park  (23rd to 26th St, 5th Ave and Madison) – some believe this was where baseball was born. Check out the reflecting pool, fountain, playground, and use the free outdoor Wi-Fi. Grab a snack at Shake Shack, frozen custard, shakes, Shack burgers, Chicago hot dogs, ‘shroom burgers, and more.

Union Square Park (14th to 17th St, Park Ave S )– right in the middle of the City, lots of history and statues, a new expanded 15,000-square-foot playground opened 2009, free Wi-Fi outdoors, and surrounded by hundreds of shops and restaurants. Free tours every Sat at 2pm, meet in front of Lincoln Statue along 16th Street transverse.

Union Square Greenmarket (@17th & Broadway, Union Square Park) – Regional farmers, fishermen & bakers, the seasonal bounty is unparalleled, with hundreds of varieties to choose from. Fresh fruits & vegetables, heritage meats, farmstead cheeses, artisan breads, jams, pickles, flowers, plants, wine, ciders, maple syrup & much more; tastings & cooking demos by the hottest local chefs. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, 8-6. Winter Hours: December-June, 10-4

Free Walking Tour – Every Saturday at 2pm. Meet in front of the Lincoln Statue in Union Square Park’s South Plaza. More Info: Union Square Walking Tour

Recommended Restaurants

Top Ten NYC Restaurants, all three delicious “high end” American food, expensive and worth every penny.

  • Union Square Café (101 E 19th St)
  • Gotham Bar and Grill (12 E 12th St, University and 5th Ave)
  • Gramercy Tavern (42 E 20th, Park Ave/ Bway)

Casa Mono (125 E 17th St, Irving Place)  – Tapas, a Mario Batali favorite, small intimate restaurant, reservations highly recommended. Their sister wine bar, Bar Jamon, next door is always packed as well with great service (though terrible acoustics).

Max Brenners – Imagine if the Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory had a cafe in it’s lobby…try the King Of Chocolate’s Crispy Mac & Cheese and learn all about the "The Legend of the King of Chocolate"

S’MAC Sarita’s Macaroni & Cheese – All about Mac and Cheese. Casual, great for kids and students. (345 East 12th, 1st /2nd Aves)

Pete’s Tavern (129 E 18th, Irving Place) – opened in 1864, classic NYC Tavern with history, burgers and beer. Featured in dozens of TV Shows and Movies and where O. Henry wrote the Gift of The Magi .

Coffee Shop (29 Union Square W, 16th St) – Cuban/Brazilian, neighborhood favorite, great outdoor patio, excellent brunch. Kid Friendly.

Maoz Vegetarian (38 U Sq E, 16th/17th)– easy, cheap falafel, great for grab and go lunch, especially to sit in Union Sq. Park

Basta Pasta (37 W 17th, 5th/6th Aves) – one of the most “hidden” restaurants and interesting menus. Italian/Japanese combination made and presented by sushi chefs.

Additional Restaurants – Punch and Wined Up (hip wine bar), Boqueria (tapas), Haru Sushi, Rosa MexicanoA Voce (romantic Italian)

Shake Shack (Madison & 23rd St) – in the park, great burgers, fries and shakes

230 Fifth (230 5th Ave, 27th St)  – huge restaurant and nightclub on a rooftop with palm trees, cozy seating, heat lamps and 360 views of NYC at night.

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Union Square – DSW Shoes, Nordstrom Rack, American Eagle, LuLuLemon, Barnes and Noble, Sephora

5th Ave b/w 15th and 23rd St  – Tons of shopping including: BCBG, Banana Republic, J. Crew, H&M, Gap, Zara, Club Monaco, Coach, Anthropologie, Kenneth Cole and much more.


W Hotel Union Square NYC

4 Star Rating

From: $231

W Hotel Union Square NYC

Opulent. Bohemian. And everywhere in between. Bridging the gap between old and new, New York’s famous landmark Guardian Life Building has undergone renovations and reemerged as the stylish W New York – Union Square. The 1911 Guardian Life building – designed in the Beaux-Arts style – is a magnificent granite and limestone structure with all the exquisite details inherent in traditional European architecture.

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Gramercy Park Hotel

5 Star Rating

From: $256

Gramercy Park Hotel New York

With over 140 rooms and 40 suites, the new Gramercy Park Hotel offers both luxurious accommodations & fine dining on historic Gramercy Park. Steps from Union Square, the hotel boasts the Medieval Rose Bar, exclusive only to guests who have booked a table with the concierge. The rooftop garden, open year-round, provides spectacular city views

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Carlton Hotel, Autograph Collection

4 Star Rating

From: $299

Make yourself at home in one of the 181 air-conditioned guestrooms, with complimentary wireless Internet and private bathrooms. A stay at Courtyard Fifth Avenue, puts you near the New York Public Library, Grand Central Terminal, Chrysler Building and Empire State Building.

Hyatt Union Square New York

The Hyatt Union Square, only a few years new and in my neighborhood – so you know it’s a great location. With their free bicycles, cool lobby bar and (coming soon) rooftop deck and bar, you can’t go wrong at the Hyatt.

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While you most certainly won’t want to bike in Union Square, the easiest path is to take Broadway 4 blocks south (in the bike lane), make a right on 9th Street, and follow it west all the way to the Hudson River. From there, the city is at your feet and you can bike South for views of the World Trade Center and Statue of Liberty, plus great places to eat along the way. Bike north and grab yourself a lunch at the Boat Basin Cafe or head into Central Park and explore 843 acres of lush greenery.

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Hotel Gansevoort Park Avenue

4 Star Rating

From: $255

Gansevoort Hotel Park Avenue Rooftop

The Gansevoort Park Avenue, has one of the BEST indoor/outdoor rooftops in New York City, along with a great cocktail lounge and club. Check out their romatantic Mr. + Mrs. G package which includes perks like one dozen roses, deluxe accommodations, champagne, spa treatments and more!

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Seafarers & International House

From: $90

Seafarers & International House NYC

A Lutheran mission for seafarers and sojourners. “Our 84-room guesthouse is located at the corner of East 15th Street and Irving Place in Manhattan. The mission has come full circle to serve seafarers and asylum seekers, drawing upon a long tradition of hospitality and service among the Swedish and German peoples, extending to people of all nationalities, cultures and faiths.

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  • General Address: 4 Irving Place, NY, NY 10003

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