Things To Do in Gramercy NYC

What to do in Gramercy NYC?

The Gramercy neighborhood in New York has a lot to offer, from Union Square and Gramercy Park to the many bars, restaurants and shopping spots. This makes it one of the most important areas of the city that you should definitely visit during your New York vacation.

What you have to do, see and eat in Gramercy NYC, we tell you here in our ultimate guide!

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My TOP 5 Things To Do in Gramercy

Top 5 Sights

  • Flatiron Building – It’s arguably the most recognizable building in the city. You can’t miss it because of its triangular shape. The building was meant to attract artists and was built in 1902.
  • Relax near Gramercy Park
  • Visit the Union Square Greenmarket or Union Square Holiday Market
  • Watch a show at Gramercy Theatre 
  • Go Shopping on Broadway

Where is the Gramercy NYC located?

Gramercy is located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan and is bounded by Chelsea to the west (6th Avenue), Midtown to the north (starting from 26th Street) and the East Village and Greenwich Village to the south. The eastern boundary is 1 Ave.

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How to Get To Gramercy

  • Metro: Getting to these two neighborhoods is pretty easy. There are a bunch of trains in the area which makes it accessible to commuters. Here, you’ll find the subways W R at 23rd Street and 5th Ave. On 23rd Street and 6th Ave, you can access the F M and the Path Train. If you want to go directly to Union Square take the 4 5 6 R W N Q or L and get off at, you guessed it, 14th Street-Union Square Station.
  • Hop on Hop Off Bus: The closest stop is Stop 6 of the downtown loop of BIG BUS (“Union Square”) or stop 7 of the downtown loop of Gray Line Sightseeing (“Union Square”). Here you find more about Hop on Hop off in NYC.

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The 12 Best Things To Do in Gramercy NYC

When you walk through this neighborhood, make sure to check out the Flatiron Building first. It’s arguably the most recognizable building in all of Manhattan!

Wondering what to do in the Gramercy NYC? Here’s my list of things I personally recommend you do!

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    Union Square

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    New York City is full of diversity and variety. Union Square is a great example of this, as it is here that businessmen, creative freelancers, such as writers and artists, as well as demonstrators and the residents of the area meet. Here, the suit sits next to the hippie on the park bench. Many of the city’s most famous restaurants are located in Union Square. But it’s the theaters and cultural venues, as well as weekly markets like the Union Square Green Market, that give this part of the city its special hardship.

    Residents of the Big Apple come here for first-class dining, or to enjoy the entertainment. Especially popular is the Union Square Theatre, where mainly off-Broadway plays are shown. 

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    Gramercy Park

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    This green idyll is a park surrounded by expensive brownstone houses. Access is only granted with a key, which is only given to residents living directly at the park. But it is still worthwhile to look over or through the fence. The park is simply enchanting and beautiful.

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    Union Square Greenmarket

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    The Union Square Greenmarket in Manhattan is home to numerous local vendors where you can purchase fresh produce, meats and seafoods.

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    Metronome

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    As a symbol of the passing of time of life, an art installation “Metronome” by Kristin Jones and Andrew Ginzel was placed at the southern edge of Union Square in 1999, which in any case causes two impressions: complete perplexity and confusion. What exactly does this clock want to tell us? First, let’s explain, it consists of two parts: a digital clock with an initially incomprehensible string of digits and a sculpture reminiscent of a magic wand.

    The orange 15 digits are divided into two groups. The 7 left digits indicate the current time (hour, minute, second, tenth of a second). The 8 right digits must be read from right to left to find out how much time is left until midnight.

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    Take photos of the famous Flatiron Building

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    The Flatiron Building is one of the most popular, beautiful and iconic buildings in NYC. The triangle shaped building likens the shape of a iron, hence the name. As one of the most photogenic spots in NYC this is definitely worth the visit for every tourist.

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    Visit the nearby Birthplace of Theodore Roosevelt

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    Gramercy Park is famous for its special, ancient Brownstone Houses. But one thing stands out: the birthplace of the former President of the United States: Theodore Roosevelt. He was born in this house in 1858 and lived there until the age of fourteen. Today it is a museum that offers guided tours.

    Get a thrilling behind the scenes look of a real New York Brownstone home that dates back to Roosevelt’s childhood, including original furniture and personal belongings from the former US president.

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    Explore the FRIENDS Experience

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    If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of the show Friends, and if you’re a fan like me, then this Friends experience is most likely for you. 

    After a Friends pop-up store successfully ran in Soho in 2019 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the series, they decided to make it permanent. Now you can find “The FRIENDS™ Experience New York” in the Flatiron District.

    On two floors you can take your picture in front of the famous Central Perk café or the orange couch, see many original props worth seeing and store to your heart’s content in the FRIENDS store. It’s a great place to bring your family, kids and/or friends!

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    Watch a show at the Gramercy Theatre

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    The Gramercy Theatre is located right on the border of the Flatiron District and the namesake Gramercy. It opened in 1937 and was a movie theater for more than 60 years until 1998, when it was converted as a venue for off-Broadway shows.

    In 2004 it closed and then two years later was converted into a small and intimate concert venue. To this day, it hosts concerts that are especially popular for New Yorkers.

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    Go Shopping at Broadway

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    Broadway is probably the most famous street in New York City and SoHo’s main shopping street. It is not only the longest shopping street, but also a commercial heart of the city.

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    Visit the Union Square Holiday Market at Christmas

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    Union Square Park turns into a holiday market which is very similar to the Bryant Park holiday market during the winter. Here you can buy food, small gifts and souvenirs. It’s a great place to do some holiday shopping and just to have good times with friends and family. The market’s layout was initially modeled after European Christmas markets and despite some changes since its original inception, the Union Square Holiday Market still mirrors its cousins across the Atlantic pretty closely. It is one of the largest Christmas markets in New York and a holiday tradition for any visitor.

    ENJOY A MULLED WINE HERE – IT’S A GERMAN STAPLE!

    At Union Square, you can browse through winding rows of stalls with live music playing in the background. A total of 100 red-and-wite-striped booths display their unique wares and artisanal foods at this Christmas market in NYC. The Union Square Market boats more than 150 registered vendors, both local and international, that are carefully selected. That’s not all, however. Union Square Holiday Market has grown significantly over the years and now also features a kid’s art studio and a warming station for the frostbitten among you. There’s no way you will leave this holiday market without a full belly and a happy smile.

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    The perfect staycation getaway in NYC: The W New York

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    5 Stars | For me, the W Hotel on Union Square is one of the best hotels in the city, because it combines a relaxed atmosphere, cool design and a sensational location. You really can’t go wrong with this one! 

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    Try one of more then 40 gins at The Winslow Gin House and Eatery

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    This bar in the East Village is madness: it is completely dedicated to gin. It has its own gin club and its “Ginventory” contains over 40 types of gin.

Best Attractions in Gramercy NYC

Many of New York’s major New York attractions are located in this part of Manhattan so make sure to add them to you travel itinerary:

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    01 Union Square

    New York City is full of diversity and variety. Union Square is a great example of this, as it is here that businessmen, creative freelancers, such as writers and artists, as well as demonstrators and the residents of the area meet. Here, the suit sits next to the hippie on the park bench. Many of the city’s most famous restaurants are located in Union Square. But it’s the theaters and cultural venues, as well as weekly markets like the Union Square Green Market, that give this part of the city its special hardship.

    Residents of the Big Apple come here for first-class dining, or to enjoy the entertainment. Especially popular is the Union Square Theatre, where mainly off-Broadway plays are shown. 

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    02 Fotografiska New York

    Fotografiska New York is a wonderful museum in NYC for all art and especially photo art enthusiasts. Originally founded in Stockholm in 2010, the museum also exists in Tallinn (Estonia) and since 2019 in New York. 

    It is located in a beautiful building from 1892 and extends over 6 floors. In addition to changing exhibitions, there is a restaurant and cocktail bar to round out your visit.

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    03 Gramercy Park

    This green idyll is a park surrounded by expensive brownstone houses. Access is only granted with a key, which is only given to residents living directly at the park. But it is still worthwhile to look over or through the fence. The park is simply enchanting and beautiful.

  4. Metronome Clock at Union Square

    04 Metronome

    As a symbol of the passing of time of life, an art installation “Metronome” by Kristin Jones and Andrew Ginzel was placed at the southern edge of Union Square in 1999, which in any case causes two impressions: complete perplexity and confusion. What exactly does this clock want to tell us? First, let’s explain, it consists of two parts: a digital clock with an initially incomprehensible string of digits and a sculpture reminiscent of a magic wand.

    The orange 15 digits are divided into two groups. The 7 left digits indicate the current time (hour, minute, second, tenth of a second). The 8 right digits must be read from right to left to find out how much time is left until midnight.

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Best Guided Tours in Gramercy

There are a lot of very popular tours where New York guides show you the best parts and the history of this neighborhood:

If guided tours interest you, be sure to check out the Best Walking Tours NYC!

Best Restaurants in Gramercy NYC

Here are some of our recommendations in terms of restaurants, clubs and bars in Flatiron and Gramercy Park. Check out our favorite places:

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    01 La Pecora Bianca

    La Pecora Bianca, which translates to “The White Sheep” in Italian is a restaurant that focuses on farm-to-table dishes. Their ingredients are locally sourced letting them “shine”.

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    02 ABC Kitchen

    The ABC Kitchen serves Slow Food – the opposite of fast food and a declaration of love for our planet. Only the freshest ingredients, supplied by local farmers, are put on the plate. The dishes change seasonally and are free of pesticides, antibiotics, hormones and genetic engineering. The prices are more than reasonable for the quality of the ingredients and the service.

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    03 Basta Pasta

    The restaurant is clean and elegant in style, has an open kitchen and offers a relaxed atmosphere. As the name suggests, they serve great pasta dishes – excitingly combined with Japanese cuisine (for example, pasta with shitake mushrooms) and with great sauces. All organic and homemade, of course.

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    04 Eataly Flatiron

    In 2010, Eataly was opened in New York by master chef Mario Batali. The pizza is very remeniscent of pizza and the wine selection is huge. You will also find a large selection of ecellent pasta, salads, and sandwiches. In terms of price, it has to be said in advance that a pizza starts at $15 and can cost $25.

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    05 Eleven Madison Park

    The creations of Daniel Humm are known all over town. The kitchen describes itself as creatively American. If you want to treat yourself to something special, you’ve come to the right place. Attention: It is a little bit difficult to get a table.

Best Bars in Gramercy NYC

These are our favorite bars in Gramercy:

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    01 Dear Irving

    Dear Irving on Hudson is an absolute secret in the city located on the 40th & 41st floor inside the Aliz Hotel.  In the middle of Times Square, this bar pairs the glimpse of the city lights and skyline views with the best cocktails in town.

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    02 SERRA by Birreria

    On the roof of the EATALY you can not only drink home-brewed beer, but also eat wonderfully. It is – not surprisingly – typically Italian and on a high level: there are sandwiches with Portobello mushrooms and Taleggio cheese, antipasti and many other delicious things.

Looking for more recommendations? We’ve got you covered! Here you find the Best Bars in the Flatiron District NYC.

Shopping in Gramercy

In Gramercy you’ll find a bunch of stores. On 5th Ave, you’ll find stores like H&M, Banana Republic, J. Crew, Nike and a women’s fitness store called Bandier. There’s also a lot of cafe’s and restaurants that are lined up here as well.

If you walk south towards Union Square, you’ll find a Whole Foods and even a Nordstrom Rack. Since it’s in the city and pretty close to Midtown, a lot of mainstream stores have built there stores here.

Best Hotels in Gramercy NYC

Staying in Gramercy and Gramercy Park has many advantages. You’ll always be surrounded by some of the best atmosphere, bars, restaurants, and shops in NYC!

If you decide to stay in the neighborhood please check out these amazing hotels:

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    01 Heritage Hotel New York City

    3 Stars | The Heritage Hotel New York City is a budget insider tip in the Flatiron District. The rooms are clean (though small) – but you’re right in the middle of the action. It’s perfect for anyone looking for an affordable hotel in a good location. If you are just looking for a room to sleep, so to speak, this is the one for you. 

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    02 New York EDITION

    5 stars | Hotel New York EDITION is located directly at Madison Square Park at the Flatiron Building and therefore perfect for all who are looking for a really nice hotel for their New York trip!

    It is one of the best hotels in the Flatiron District of NYC: the rooms are large even by New York standards, it has huge windows from which you have a fantastic view of the city and has its own Michelin-starred restaurant.

    Another highlight is the bar: super-stylish, the atmosphere is great, and the cocktails are top-notch. My conclusion: the Hotel New York EDITION is just awesome!

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    03 The Marcel at Gramercy

    4 stars | The Marcel is one of the best and most popular hotels in Gramercy Park of New York. The rooms are super-beautiful and stylishly decorated and it almost feels like a boutique hotel. A special highlight is the small but nice roof terrace, from which you can even see the Empire State Building.

    The location in Gramercy NYC is ideal for those who are looking for a central but quiet hotel. Important attractions are within walking distance, Union Square and Madison Square Park with the Flatiron Building are just 3 blocks away. 

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    04 W New York - Union Square

    5 Stars | For me, the W Hotel on Union Square is one of the best hotels in the city, because it combines a relaxed atmosphere, cool design and a sensational location. You really can’t go wrong with this one! 

Recommended article: The Best Hotels in the Flatiron District NYC.

Neighborhoods Nearby

If you liked Gramercy, make sure to check out the surrounding neighborhoods as well:

Neighborhoods that are Similar to Gramercy

Below are similar neighborhoods that we think you’ll enjoy:

There are a lot of neighborhoods in Manhattan worth visiting. We highly recommend Midtown and SoHo. There’s a lot of things to do in New York City and those surrounding areas have a similar vibe to the Flatiron District.

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