Gramercy Restaurants and Bars

by joey arak | January 27, 2011 | Home Page

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We love the Gramercy 'hood—and its Flatiron neighbor—for many reasons, including its plethora of eateries, bars and lounges. Take a little tour and try seven of our favorites.

ABC KITCHEN
Come to Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s new farm-to-table restaurant inside ABC Carpet & Home for the locally sourced organic meats and market vegetables, and stay for the chandeliers and bedroom sets. 35 E. 18th St., 212-475-5829

GRAMERCY TAVERN

Michelle Obama has lunched here, and so has just about everyone else: Gramercy Tavern has been named New York City’s most popular restaurant by Zagat an astounding five times. 42 E. 20th St., 212-477-0777

MAIALINO
Danny Meyer’s Roman-style trattoria is one of the toughest tables in town to nab during dinner, but by day—and especially during breakfast hours—it’s an extended living room for the people living on Gramercy Park. 2 Lexington Ave.

71 IRVING PLACE COFFEE AND TEA BAR
It’s a Starbucks world, but this longtime local independent coffee shop has managed to carve out its own venti-size corner. Beans are roasted on 71 Irving’s upstate Irving Farm, which keeps the java fresh and flowing. 71 Irving Place

ROSE BAR

Those deemed fabulous enough to enter this Gramercy Park Hotel bar are greeted by a room that’s just as fashionable as the clientele. It’s the work of artist Julian Schnabel, who designed much of the furniture, and whose canvases share wall space with Warhol and other masters. Those looking for a quiet night out should head elsewhere: The Rose Bar hosts an intimate concert series that’s featured Rufus Wainwright, Guns N’ Roses and Sean Lennon. 2 Lexington Ave., 212-920-3300

RAINES LAW ROOM
Prohibition may have ended in the 1930s, but the tipplers at this semisecret Flatiron District cocktail den never got the memo. Ring the buzzer to access the windowless speakeasy, which has as much period style as an episode of Boardwalk Empire and fewer repercussions if the coppers get wise. 48 W. 17th St., no phone

SPiN NEW YORK

The hottest new nightlife accessory might be a paddle now that this stylish table-tennis social club—from backers including Susan Sarandon and her rumored love interest Jonathan Bricklin—has combined Forrest Gump’s favorite sport with a buzzy nightlife scene. What does SPiN’s ping-pong have on other pastimes, like baseball? You can drink martinis while playing, for one. 48 E. 23rd St., 212-982-8802

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photographs by ellen silverman (gramercy tavern); courtesy of gramercy park hotel (rose bar); Robert K. Chin (71 Irving)


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