By day, the Flatiron District is an exciting destination for design buffs, shoppers on the hunt for quirky items and foodies in search of some of the City’s best cuisine. Named for the Flatiron Building—the gorgeous 1902 skyscraper whose Beaux-Arts three-facade design conspicuously presides over the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Broadway—the neighborhood is swathed with glorious cast-iron architecture. That’s only fitting, considering the artistically minded consumers who venture there for the area’s well-known design, photography, clothing and stationery stores. (Contemporary restaurants are also in abundance.) But the neighborhood really heats up at night, when well-heeled scenesters descend upon its lounges, clubs and cabarets, each of which provide ample reason to return time and again. And no visit to the Flatiron District is complete without a jaunt through Madison Square Park, a green oasis that hosts an array of concerts, readings and public art exhibitions in warmer months.
Boqueria A serious scholar of Iberian cooking turns out timeworn originals in a swanky new space. Eataly Owned by Mario Batali, it is a sprawling food complex with artisanal Italian food and wine. Shop at the different markets or dine at one of the many restaurants inside. Shake Shack The popular burger joint, has an outpost in the middle of Madison Square Park, and often requires a line-around-the-block wait. 15 East A modest size, a stark décor and a menu by Masato Shimizu.
Madison Square Park A green, grassy spot in the middle of the skyscrapers that offers a dog run, fountains, and lunchtime seating for area office workers looking for a moment in the sun. Flatiron Building Officially named the Fuller Building, Daniel Burnham’s innovative skyscraper quickly became known as the Flatiron Building because it was wedge-shaped like a clothing iron. The Gershwin Hotel a tribute to the late pop artist Andy Warhol, which features some of his art and memorabilia throughout the hotel.