Located inside ABC Carpet & Home on 18th between Broadway and Park Avenue South, Jean Georges’ ABC Kitchen has outstanding food and a buzzing scene, all at a very reasonable price point. The constantly changing menu is “locally sourced and globally artistic,” displaying a commitment to offering the freshest organic and local seasonal ingredients.
Gramercy Park is a beautiful private park at the center of the Gramercy neighborhood. Although keys to the park exclusively belong to residents around the park who pay an annual fee, the surrounding streets are popular routes for joggers and dog-walkers. If you’re in the city during the holidays, Gramercy Park is definitely worth visiting when it is open to the public on Christmas Eve.
Opened by restaurateur Nicola Marzovilla in 1994, I Trulli Enoteca e Ristorante is one of New York City’s landmarks of fine Italian dining. Its wine list features more than 450 labels (all Italian with an emphasis on Southern Italian wines). Its menu celebrates the cuisine of the Marzovilla family’s homeland, the region of Puglia (which forms the heel of Italy’s boot). Nearly all of the pastas are handmade daily by Dora Marzovilla and the wine list is hand-selected personally by owner Nicola Marzovilla.
Madison Square Park boasts a dog run, colorful playground, and spacious grassy lawn to help you get away from the hustle and bustle of midtown. On a hot summer day, you can see lines of hungry New Yorkers waiting to get their hands on a Shake Shack hamburger, children dancing at the Madison Square Kids concert series, and teenagers enjoying the musical selections of their very own Madison Square Music series. With its plethora of outdoor activities and beautifully landscaped grounds, Madison Square Park offers attractions that everyone will love.
Owned by esteemed chef and restaurateur Tom Colicchio, Riverpark is a unique and refreshing al fresco dining experience. Chef Sisha Ortúzar draws from both international and local food culture, highlighting seasonal farmers market ingredients that add depth and versatility to his modern American dishes.
Stuyvesant Cove Park is a sustainably-managed public park that is located next to Waterside along the East River between 18th and 23rd Streets. In addition to providing New Yorkers with a beautiful green space for recreation and hosting a summer-long variety of solar-powered events, Stuyvesant Cove Park is home to Solar One, an environmental learning center dedicated to educating New Yorkers on the urban environment and energy conservation techniques. Come with the family for an exciting day of activities or alone to enjoy this peaceful and breezy respite from NYC.
The lively Union Square neighborhood is anchored by it's namesake pedestrian plaza and bustling park, which attracts a mix of professionals, street artists, students and protesters. The surrounding streets are lined with high-rise apartments and big-name chain stores, as well as casual eateries and cafes. The stalls of the long-running Union Square Greenmarket draw crowds for local produce and artisanal food.