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How to Spend a Day in Gramercy

This small and exclusive New York City neighborhood has a lot to offer from food, music and private outdoor spaces.

Gramercy Park is a quiet, pristine residential area with brownstones on tree-lined streets and its own private park. Fashionable farm-to-table restaurants draw crowds, and opulent cocktail joints host a buzzy after-work scene.

Eat

First visit Gramercy Tavern, one of America’s most beloved restaurants from Danny Meyer, which has welcomed guests for close to two decades to enjoy seasonal American cuisine. But know that it serves only a prix fixe menu for dinner but there’s an a la carte menu for lunch. Paul & Jimmy's is a New York City institution from 1950 and serves up elegant Italian cuisine. For a more locally-driven dining experience, stop in to Friend of a Farmer who has been a pioneer in the farm-to-table movement since 1986. Serving breakfast, brunch, lunch, supper, craft cocktails and boutique wine this hot spot is usually packed, so arrive early. Open seven days a week.

Farm to Table Cuisine (©Morgane Perraud) | WhereTraveler
Farm to Table Cuisine (©Morgane Perraud)

Shop

Gramercy Park isn’t packed with designer labels or commercial chain boutiques. But there are a handful of must-visit eclectic clothing and jewelry stores and thrift shops that are worth a visit. A thrift shop worth checking out is Vintage Thrift, which benefits the United Jewish Council of the East Side. Italian Wine Merchants is the perfect spot to stock up on your weekend wine needs while the Bedford Cheese Shop provides all your perfect wine pairing necessities. 

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Wine and Cheese Pairing (©Ray Piedra)

Drink

Whether you prefer unpretentious pubs, sophisticated wine bars or cool cocktail lounges, Gramercy Park, also simply called Gramercy, offers a wide selection of essential drinking spots, each one presenting its own charm and aesthetic. Pete’s Tavern is an unpretentious old tavern where you can get a beer with friends and watch sports on TV with some solid Italian fare. The low-key Ampersand is a relaxed, dimly-lit destination for inventive handcrafted cocktails, plus brews on tap and modern American bar bites—it's a great place to grab drinks without the headache of a typical NYC lounge. The dapper time-traveling cocktail parlor, Dear Irving takes you era hopping with black-leather club chairs and vintage glamour shots in the mid-20th-century room,  which flows into a Gatsby-esque glitter and crystal room. The final room, and the most opulent, is the Marie Antoinette room complete with tufted chaises and glitter tin ceilings.

Refreshing Cocktail (©Nikita Tikhomirov) | WhereTraveler
Refreshing Cocktail (©Nikita Tikhomirov)

Play

Theodore Roosevelt and Oscar Wilde are just two luminaries who resided in this posh neighborhood. Gramercy may be small, but it boasts world-class jazz bars, intimate theaters and a beautiful private green oasis. Gramercy Theatre is a former cinema turned concert space; this intimate venue has hosted a multitude of acts across all genres. If you're in the mood for something touristy, The Friends Experience is an immersive journey through one of television's favorite sitcoms. Fotografiska is a fantastic spot to enjoy some beautiful photography. If you happen to stay in hotel near Gramercy Park, you’ll be given a key to the exclusive fenced-in park at the center of the neighborhood. It’s one of only two private parks in NYC. 

Fotografiska Exhibit | WhereTraveler
Fotografiska Exhibit (©Anna Hunko)