Gramercy Park, Union Square and Madison Square Park | New York City
Itinerary for a full day in Gramercy Park, Union Square, and Madison Square Park including the best brunch in New York City, a great local farmers market, shopping and a place to play with the kids.
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$$$ American Italian Cuisine | Casual but elegant vibe
2 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10010 (near 21st street)
This is one of our favorite neighborhoods in the City and Maialino is one of the best spots. Start off with a little lesiurly brunch here and you’ll be in the perfect mindset to stroll Gramercy and enjoy the rest of the day in between Union Square and Madison Square Park.
My brunch order is always the same, Ricotta Pancakes and a side of their Thick Cut Black Pepper Bacon. Next step you won’t be asking yourself where should we get brunch in gramercy park? You’ll be asking, when are we getting brunch at Maialino?
After brunch walk south along Irving Place. It’s a charming street and the best scenic path on your way to Union Square. Union Square is one of several Manhattan hubs. In addition to being the meeting place of many of the city's subway lines it's also where uptown and downtown Manhattan meet. South of Union Square (14th Street) is commonly thought of as 'downtown'. The park itself is also home to many city gatherings and festivals. Several days a week you will also find a great farmers market with a large selection of products from vendors all over the metro area. More info in the links above.
The Union Square Greenmarket is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nearly year round. It began in 1976 with a handful of farmers and today in peak season more than 140 regional farmers, fishers, and bakers sell their products. Products include; just-picked fresh fruits and vegetables, to heritage meats and award-winning farmstead cheeses, artisan breads, jams, pickles, a profusion of cut flowers and plants, wine, ciders, maple syrup and much more.
Union Square Play
Indoor children’s play space offering classes and open play
36 E 18th St, New York, NY 10003
If you are looking for a safe and comfortable space fit for any child near Union Square, checkout Union Square Play. The venue is open Monday through Friday with offerings in art, music, sensory play, movement and more. Classes range from $30–$45 and open play is available for $30/two hours).
Brick-&-mortar branch of the online retailer, featuring stylish menswear & in-store fittings.
95 5th Ave, New York, NY 10003
High-end yoga-focused chain featuring stylish athletic wear & accessories (most offer free classes).
114 5th Ave, New York, NY 10011
$ | Eclectic home goods and kitchen ware
889 Broadway, New York, NY 10003 (near 19th Street)
Fishs Eddy is always a fun place to stop in. It’s especially great if you are looking to purchase some gifts and souvenirs that are New York City specific and centric without being cheesy. There's always something fun and interesting to find at this quirky kitchen and homeware shop. Plenty of New York centric mugs and dishes as well as various home knick knacks.
$$ | Children's boutique with unique toys & apparel
26 E 22nd St, New York, NY 10010 (btwn Broadway and Park)
This is a fun little children’s shop with a unique collection of quirky toys and clothes. We always have fun exploring and usually find a few new favorites when we visit. The shop opens at 10:30AM on most days (11:00AM on Sunday) so you have plenty of time yo enjoy your coffee and take in the view from Broadway and 22nd street before it opens.
The LEGO Store
$$ NYC LEGO flagship store
200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010 (near 23rd street)
While it’s often hard to rally the kids to leave a fun shop like Space Kiddets it’s doubtful you will hear any protests when you tell them they next stop is the LEGO store. My kids can never get enough LEGO time and this location showcases all of the best LEGO sets and designs!
La Pecora Bianca NoMad
$$ | Stylish, bright locale featuring market-driven Italian cuisine, regional wines & apéritifs on tap.
1133 Broadway, New York, NY 10010
If you looking for an amazing place to grab lunch or an early dinner in the neighborhood, the next stop needs to the La Pecora Bianca. The vibe is great, bright and bustling and the food is delicious. Tagliatelle with beef and pork bolognese, Whipped Ricotta with truffle honey, country toast and sides such as Parmesan Potatoes - crispy smashed fingerling potatoes, parmesan, garlic.
If you are looking for a more casual spot there are tons of great lunch options in Flatiron. Checkout the noodle shop Wagamama, Hill Country Chicken (excellent fired chicken) and Num Pang Kitchen (Cambodian sandwiches).
$$ Book private spaces by the hour
$30-$50/hr for a private 4-6 person space
Tip: Get $45 of credit with code: RN7WF6
When you’re traveling around the city and out all day with kids it can be exhausting. It’s often helpful to have a little quiet and private space even it’s just for 30 minutes. Breather is a life saver. It’s a site that allows you to book private meeting spaces and rooms by the hour. There are tons of locations around the city and a number of them in the Flatiron area.
It’s mainly designed for businesses and meetings but it’s super helpful. Whether you need to feed or change one of your kids with a little privacy or just put your feet up and take an hour as a family to ‘breath’. Check it out and use the code above for $45 in credit to pay for your first space!
MOMATH - National Museum of Mathematics
$$ | Math museum with exhibits on patterns & structures perfect for all ages
11 E 26th St, New York, NY 10010
MOMATH is open 364 days a year (closed on Thanksgiving), and is a great place to start your day, especially in cold weather. This museum is interactive, educational, and fun, and is age appropriate for all ages. Watch your kids ride a square-wheeled trike, shoot basketballs on the Hoop Curves machine and play mathematical games on the Math Square which you control by the movements of your feet. It’s definitely a ”smart” move!
Madison Square Park
Free | Public Park
Between 5th and Madison Avenue and 23rd and 26th Street
Enjoy beautiful views of the Flatiron and Empire State buildings as well as great people watching in this public park in the center of the Flatiron neighborhood. The park features a variety of art installations, sculptures, playground, a dog run and several small lawns surrounded by winding walk way lined with benches . . .not to mention there's a Shake Shack.
$$ | American tavern with elevated food and cocktails | Clubby bustling vibe
10 W 28th St, New York, NY 10001 (near Broadway)
You might be thinking this is alot of food for one day?? Once you slid into your booth at the NoMad, order a strong cocktail and smell the burger you won’t be thinking that.