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.
Where to 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. The House, a magnificently restored 1854 carriage house is the perfect place for a special occasion with its formal menu including milk poached Chatham cod and braised short ribs au poivre. 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.
Where to 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. Like City Opera Thrift, this longtime thrift store sells secondhand fashions and homewares with profits benefiting the NYC Opera. Karen Karch Jewelry presents eclectic gems like gray diamonds and Persian turquoise in custom beautiful rings, necklace and bracelet settings. Another thrift shop worth checking out is Vintage Thrift, which benefits the United Jewish Council of the East Side.
Where to 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.
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. Check online for the latest line up from Folk to Blues to Rock all year long. Jazz Standard is one of NYC’s largest jazz clubs and features new and established musicians along with a Southern BBQ menu from Danny Meyer. 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.