In Flatiron, Find Worlds of Flavors in a Few Short Blocks

Emily Saladino

By , Local Expert, New York
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The historic Flatiron Building, a turn-of-the-century stunner on Manhattan's 23rd Street, made headlines when it debuted in 1902. At the time, it was one of the tallest skyscrapers in the world, and it proudly announced New York City's arrival in the age of industrialism.

Now, one hardly needs to seek out examples of Gotham's emergence as a capital of industry. The skyscrapers of Midtown Manhattan tower over the cast-iron-shaped building on 23rd Street, and enormous warehouses line the Hudson River waterfront to the west. As a result, the area surrounding the Flatiron building -- from Chelsea to Gramercy, and Midtown to the...  Read more »

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    Eleven Madison Park

    Consistently voted one of the best restaurants in the country, this Art Deco stunner does New American right.

    Local Expert Tip: "The dinner tasting menus start at $225 per person, before wine pairings, but several snacks can be ordered at the elegant, celebrity-studded bar. "

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    ABC Kitchen

    Jean-Georges Vongrichten asks, "Is it Local?" to elegant, award-winning effect.

    Local Expert Tip: "In 2013, ABC launched a Spanish-inspired sister restaurant, ABC Cocina, one block north."

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    A Voce Madison

    An elegant Italian-American restaurant, A Voce has house-made pastas and a stellar wine program.

    Local Expert Tip: "Meatballs are a Carmellini signature. Try them here in duck, pork and shrimp."

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    This upscale Indian restaurant spans South Asia, and attracts a classy crowd to an otherwise unremarkable stretch of East 22nd Street.

    Local Expert Tip: "The three-course, "executive" lunch special is one of the best fine dining deals in town. Stop in midday for soup, mains like grilled lamb or yogurt-marinated salmon, and lychee ground rice pudding for $24."

  • 5

    The Nomad

    From the talented team at Eleven Madison Park comes this Jacques Garcia-designed stunner in the boutique NoMad Hotel.

    Local Expert Tip: "The NoMad's roast chicken is the stuff of legends. Enough for two and fit for a king, the bird is first presented to the table whole, with a savory bouquet elegantly decorating its cavity, and then whisked back to the kitchen, where it is carved into two portions of breast, thighs and a dark meat sampler sauteed with crisp vinegar, seasonal vegetables and buttery foie gras."

  • 6

    City Bakery

    The balconied dining room and incredible bakery make this neighborhood cafe a popular stop for lunch, coffee and solid people-watching.

    Local Expert Tip: "City Bakery's thick, ridiculously creamy hot chocolate is a signature item. Try yours with an oversized homemade marshmallow, and get ready to beat the chill."

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    Situated atop Batali and Bastianich's Italian food hall, Eataly, Birreria is a beer garden with incredible views and serious cocina.

    Local Expert Tip: "Skip desserts upstairs, which are of the tiramusu-and-biscotti variety, and head downstairs to pick up beautifully wrapped cioccolato instead."

  • 8

    Shake Shack

    This quick service emporium launched a near-thousand burger joints around the globe, and remains the gold standard for outdoor, in-park dining.

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't want to wait in the flagship outpost's notoriously long lines? There's an app for that. The Shack Cam keeps tabs on the length of the line at any given point, so you can time your milkshake run perfectly."

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    A smart, stylish tapas bar for the after-work crowd and serious fans of Iberian cuisine.

    Local Expert Tip: "Boqueria does not take reservations, but the entire menu is available at the bar and its adjoining tables. "

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    The Breslin Bar & Dining Room

    April Bloomfield's Michelin-starred restaurant brings the historic Breslin building into the 21st Century.

    Local Expert Tip: "Skip the crowds at the less-busy breakfast, where meaty mains are coupled with freshly brewed Stumptown coffee. "



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