Visiting NY for work - staying in Gramercy Park
I've got 4 days...looking for breakfast (Egg on roll?) near 21st btwn 3rd & Lex. Office is in Chelsea.
Looking for dinners (casual), bars, not-to-be-missed local only spots. Good carts. Anything is appreciated
(oh yeah...a nice shop or two is good as well - where would you take your friend for a visit?)
Thanks as always.
Taralucci e vino (18th off of broadway), Casa Mono (17th and irving), Les Halles (park ave south and 28th) and craftbar (broadway and 19th) are a few spots for supper and good wine without pretension.
One quick local breakfast is the pretzel croissant and hot chocolate at City Bakery, 18th betwen 5th and 6th.
Assuming that you're female, good mom and pop shopping in the neighborhood can be had at "at home" on 3rd near 20th. Otherwise you could stroll down Fifth Ave. and go to any of the monster flagship stores (blech).
I always go to ABC carpet and home on Broadway for retail therapy, only to discover that I can't afford anything. It's still an excellent source of inspiration PLUS they have a Michel Cluizel chocolate boutique inside of the shop, which is his only retail outlet outside of Paris.
I got a free box of chocolates at Michel Cluizel after purchasing something at ABC, and I have to say, even though they were free, I was less than impressed by their chocolate. I'm an avowed fan of Kee's (which I realize doesn't help the OP), but I thought the MC chocolates were just so so, though the alcohol ones did pull a punch - they made a point to me that they are the only chocolatier in NY to have a liquor license, due to the high chocolate content.
And, to be helpful - I love Casa Mono, and you might also want to try the place next door, Bar Jamon.
Burger, onion rings, and beer at Molly's on 3rd Ave btwn 22nd and 23rd...it's alocal irish bar with sawdust on the floors, a fireplace, and one of the best burgers in the city.
Chino's - 3rd btwn 16th and 17th - is also worth checking out...they do asian small plates
I also second dkstar's Penelope rec for breakfast, lunch or dinner
All true, but Les Halles, if you can wade through the above, does have the best rillette and hanger steak in the NYC. In short, the only redeeming quality about the place is it's butcher - he makes a good country pate, as well.
Come to think of it, if in that area, I would probably head to the nearby Artisinal for a Frisee salad and fondue instead.
My favorite bar in the area is Flatiron Lounge.
Lots of great food in your vicinity. To get you started:
Gramercy Tavern Tavern Room
Giorgio's of Gramercy
Bright Food Shop
Chelsea Market--good for food shopping as well as snacks