April was another busy month in the Flatiron District with media attention highlighting neighborhood restaurants, Flatiron-based businesses, and city initiatives. Stay up to date with latest Flatiron District news with the BID’s monthly roundup of notable highlights.
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The 23rd Street lunch crowd gained yet another exciting dining option as BONMi, a Vietnamese-inspired fast-casual restaurant, opened its second NYC location earlier this month at 119 East 23rd Street.
Like many of the other recent restaurants opening along 23rd Street, BONMi was drawn to the neighborhood’s high density of office workers and growing residential population. "When deciding where to open our flagship store, we knew we wanted a location that offered both a strong weekday and weekend business. We are surrounded by offices, co-working spaces, and residential buildings, and saw great potential in introducing our unique dining concept to the many people who visit and live in this vibrant neighborhood,” said Alexis Kukuka, Brand Director at BONMi.
The menu at BONMi takes it cue from the bánh mì sandwich, playing on the varying textures, temperatures, and flavors that are the hallmarks of Southeast Asian cuisine. Featuring composed dishes or the option to build your own meal, BONMi’s menu reinterprets this classic Vietnamese sandwich by introducing new combinations, seasonal ingredients, and a range of proteins, including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options.
Guests can mix and match from a list of proteins to create a sandwich, salad, or bowl. Each meal is finished with a choice of house-made sauces and classic accoutrements of pickled vegetables, cilantro, spicy mayo, and cucumbers. BONMi has also created a menu of signature items that represent some of the restaurants most popular items such as the BBQ Pork Belly Bánh Mì with honey-pepper pork belly, chili lime slaw, cucumbers, and house-made barbecue sauce on a toasted baguette.
Drawing inspiration from the street vendors of Ho Chi Minh City, the décor at BONMi’s is an interplay between natural and abstract elements. Bright chairs flank wood-toned tables and high countertop seating while murals depicting scenes from Vietnamese street vendors adorn the walls.
BONMi is open daily for lunch and dinner from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
BONMi, 119 East 23rd Street, between Park Avenue South and Lexington, (646) 895-9232.
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The flâneur, a figure popularized by French writer Charles Beaudelaire, is an individual who walks the city for leisure, absorbing and appreciating the details of urban life. The Flatiron District, with its Public Plazas and wide streetscapes, is ripe for strolling and soaking in the vibrant atmosphere of the neighborhood; in essence, it's a flâneur's paradise. As Beaudelaire wrote, “For the perfect flâneur, for the passionate spectator, it is an immense joy to set up house in the heart of the multitude, amid the ebb and flow of movement, in the midst of the fugitive and the infinite.”
With warmer temperatures on the horizon, we have put together a list of establishments that will let you enjoy patio dining, rooftop relaxation, and the flâneur's easy-going state of mind. Please contact each business directly to learn more about outdoor dining hours, which are subject to weather and restaurant policies.
230 FIFTH, 230 Fifth Avenue, corner of 27th Street, (212) 725-4300.
Known for some of New York’s best rooftop views, 230 FIFTH is an experience like no other. With direct views of the Empire State Building, Midtown Manhattan, and Madison Square Park, 230 FIFTH is your next destination for a rooftop happy hour in the Flatiron District.
Almond, 12 East 22nd Street, between Broadway and Park Avenue South, (212) 228-7557.
Serving up locally sourced ingredients and featuring a menu inspired by French cuisine with inspirations from global street foods, Almond is bringing its unique menu to its porch. Enjoy an al fresco dinner while taking a trip around the world through Almond's menu.
Baita @ Eataly, 200 Fifth Avenue, corner of 23rd Street, (212) 937-8910.
Eataly is more than a ground floor food market. Atop the building’s 14th floor is Eataly’s seasonal pop-up restaurant, Baita, featuring a panoramic view of the Flatiron District. Even on rainy days, diners can still enjoy the view through the restaurant’s retractable roof.
BXL Zoute, 50 West 22nd Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, (646) 692-9282.
A quaint outdoor patio sits in front of this Belgian restaurant’s entrance. Enjoy mussels and house-crafted beer under BXL’s patio umbrellas and shade-giving trees.
Flatiron Green Cafe, Flatiron South Public Plaza, (917) 504-6209.
There’s no better way to soak in the sun at the Flatiron South Plaza than enjoying a smoothie or ready-to-order panini from the Flatiron Green Cafe. With a dedicated seating area, diners have a comfortable space to catch up with a friend, or catch up on work, thanks to the Flatiron District's free public wi-fi network.
ilili, 236 Fifth Avenue, corner of 27th Street, (212) 683-2929.
Get an extra dose of the Mediterranean flair with ilili's outdoor patio on Fifth Avenue, where diners can enjoy the restaurant's haute Lebanese cuisine, while taking in the sights of Manhattan's bustling thoroughfare.
ilili BOX, Flatiron North Public Plaza, (646) 771-4090.
Enjoy fast-casual Mediterranean offerings from ilili BOX, including favorites like Phoenician fries or the roasted duck wrap, while taking in the views at the sun-soaked Flatiron North Public Plaza.
Le Pain Quotidien, 931 Broadway, between 21st and 22nd Streets, (646) 395-9926.
With a street side patio, and an open-air courtyard when walking through the cafe, Le Pain Quotidien gives you a couple of ways to enjoy outdoor dining. Hang back with your friends during Le Pain Quotidien’s happy hour to enjoy the café’s organic wines.
Maison Kayser, 921 Broadway, corner of 21st Street, (212) 979-1600.
Maison Kayser’s outdoor patio offers an Instagram-worthy backdrop of the Empire State Building, the Flatiron Building and the Flatiron Public Plazas. Enjoy an afternoon tea or tasteful breakfast at this French bakery.
Markt, 676 Sixth Avenue, corner of 21st Street, (212) 727-3314.
With retractable French windows, Markt becomes a breezy, summery dining location for all who pass through the busy Sixth Avenue corridor.
Obica, 928 Broadway, between 21st and 22nd Streets, (212) 777-2754.
A stone's throw from the Flatiron South Public Plaza and Madison Square Park, Obica offers a relaxing outdoor dining scene. Diners can enjoy an aperitivo with excellent views of the Flatiron Building and Empire State Building.
Raymi Peruvian Kitchen & Latin Beet Kitchen, 43 West 24th Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, (212) 929-1200.
Fast-casual by day and elevated restaurant by night, Latin Beet Kitchen and Raymi Peruvian Kitchen let you enjoy outdoor dining your way. Whether you're enjoying a bowl of grains and greens at lunch, or savoring Raymi's acclaimed pisco and ceviche for dinner, the restaurant's outdoor dining will add an extra punch of fun to your meal.
Shay & Ivy, 39 West 24th Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, (646) 666-8635.
A newcomer to the Flatiron District, Shay & Ivy is now offering lunch, happy hour, and dinner on its 24th Street deck. With live jazz on certain nights, and rotating specials, Shay & Ivy offers a lively outdoor dining scene.
Tappo, 49 West 24th Street, between Sixth and Fifth Avenues, (212) 807-9200.
Tappo's signature thin-crust pizza can now be enjoyed in the shade of 24th Street, with a bottle of wine among friends. Enjoy lunch on the patio, or take in the late-evening sunset while sitting outside at Tappo.
Ulivo, 4 West 28th Street, between Broadway and Fifth Avenue, (212) 684-8000.
Savor Ulivo's unique selection of olive oils, cured meats, and cheeses on the restaurant's cozy bistro chairs and tables, tucked between the bustling Broadway and Fifth Avenue corridors.
You may have heard the ruckus about a new conveyor belt of sushi making its way around the neighborhood. YO! Sushi is bringing an eclectic take on Japanese cuisine all the way to the Flatiron District with its first New York City store.
For YO!, the Flatiron District was the perfect location for their first restaurant in the city. “As we celebrate YO!’s 20th anniversary, we are thrilled to commemorate this milestone in an unparalleled and iconic food city like New York City,” said Robin Rowland, Chief Executive Officer of YO!.
Dining at YO! Sushi is an experience like no other. Sushi lovers pick up hand-crafted plates of sushi favorites from the kaiten conveyor belt or order more specific items directly from the menu. YO! Sushi offers everything from familiar sushi classics to unusual creations, like their NYC exclusive dish, Nori Tacos. Every bite from their open kitchen is fresh, sustainably-sourced, and awesomely authentic.
The YO! Sushi Executive Chef has put his all into curating a diverse and exclusive menu which includes fresh fish and seafood sushi, chicken, tofu and other vegetarian options, broth and soup, and noodles. You can also find a range of sweet dishes such as Matcha Dorayaki, Ice Cream Mochi, and Chocolate Roll.
In addition to sit-down service, YO! Sushi also offers a robust collection of grab & go items, as well as a take-out menu.
YO! Sushi is open Sunday through Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Friday through Saturday 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
YO! Sushi, 23 West 23rd Street, between Fifth & Sixth Avenues, (646) 781-8640.
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Fields Good Chicken is one of the latest additions to the transforming fast-casual dining scene along 23rd Street in the Flatiron District. The new location at 44 East 23rd Street is the brand’s fourth outpost in New York City.
Fields Good Chicken was founded in 2014 by semi pro cyclist-turned-culinarian Field Failing. His eponymous restaurant concept strives to fuel an active, healthy lifestyle with high-quality ingredients and thoughtful, satisfying food that is both delicious and nutritious.
“Opening our fourth location is a significant milestone for the brand, and we’re very excited to set up shop in the Flatiron District with its unique mix of locals, business professionals, and tourists from all over the world,” said Failing. “Flatiron is a quintessential New York neighborhood, and it’s an excellent opportunity for us to further our mission of providing simple, no-BS food to people who care about what they eat.”
Fields Good Chicken proudly serves humanely raised, antibiotic-free chicken. The protein-rich menu features whole, half, quartered, or boneless chicken options that are meant to be paired with house-made sauces like Tangy BBQ, Maple Chipotle, and Tamarind Yogurt. The restaurant also offers scratch-made sides like Mexican Corn Off the Cob, Granny Smith Apple Slaw, and Marinated Kale & Butternut Squash.
Customers can also select from an array of composed Salad and Bowl options featuring three different hand-trimmed chicken preparations including Herb Grilled, Pulled BBQ, and Grilled Mojo. All chef-inspired bowls feature chicken and fresh vegetables served over brown rice or quinoa.
Fields Good Chicken proudly donates 1% of proceeds from signature menu items – The Good Salad and The Good Bowl – to 1% For The Planet, which supports environmental non-profits worldwide. Like its other locations, the new Flatiron District location is 100% wind-powered and features packaging that is both recyclable and biodegradable.
Fields Good Chicken is open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Fields Good Chicken, 44 East 23rd Street, at Park Avenue South, (212) 564-9805.
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From flowers to specialty chocolates, prix-fixe menus, or thoughtful stationery, you will find unique experiences and gifts in the Flatiron District to celebrate Easter Weekend. Whether you’re hosting or attending an Easter Sunday event, or simply want to enjoy a delicious brunch in the Spring breeze, the round-up below has ideas for how to make the most of the holiday. Please contact each business directly for further information or reservations.
230 FIFTH, 230 Fifth Avenue, corner of 27th Street, (212) 725-4300.
230 FIFTH is serving its signature Easter buffet from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Menu items include an assortment of salads, eggs benedict, liquored up French toast, and a carving station of filet of beef with horseradish sauce. Brunch is $42 for adults and $15 for children 12 years and under.
Black Barn, 19 East 26th Street, between Fifth and Madison Avenues, (212) 265-5959.
Celebrate Easter at Black Barn with a specially curated a la carte menu. Easter specials include Duck Confit, Maine Lobster Salad, and Truffle Mac’n’Cheese. Black Barn’s main courses will also be available, featuring dishes such as Apple & Almond Filled French Toast, Egg White Frittata, and Smoked Salmon Tartine.
BLT Prime, 111 East 22nd Street, between Park Avenue South and Lexington, (212) 995-8500.
Dine at one of the Flatiron District’s choicest steakhouses, BLT Prime. Diners will choose from the restaurant’s black board specials, including Grilled Lamb Sirloin, Pan Roasted Halibut, and desserts that will have you coming back for more.
The Churchill Tavern, 45 East 28th Street, between Madison Avenue and Park Avenue South, (646) 476-8419.
In addition to The Churchill Tavern's traditional Sunday Roast, diners will be able to choose from an Easter menu, featuring a Leg of Lamb Roast with all the trimmings.
Dos Caminos, 373 Park Avenue South, between 26th and 27th Streets, (212) 294-1000.
Join Dos Caminos for a festive Easter Brunch. On the menu are bottomless drinks, and a fresh-to-order guacamole, Mexican French Toast, Oaxacan Shrimp Quesadillas, making Dos Caminos ideal for large groups and friends.
Eataly, 200 Fifth Avenue, between 24th and 23rd Streets, (212) 937-8910.
With Eataly's three Easter menu specials, you can enjoy an elevated family affair, or a casual brunch amongst friends.
Eataly's fine dining restaurant, Manzo, will serve a decadent four-course meal that celebrates the arrival of Spring. Designed by executive chef Fitz Tallon, the menu features Cavatelli a la Primavera (housemade cavatelli with spring vegetables and Pecorino Romano) Agnello alla Griglia (grilled Colorado lamb with braised artichokes, mint, and olives). The menu will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Reservations recommended.
For a relaxed ambiance, try Eataly's traditional Easter dish at La Pasta & La Pizza, where diners can enjoy Pappardelle al Ragù di Agnello (housemade pappardelle with lamb ragù, mint, lemon, Pecorino Romano, and chili flakes). The daily menu will also be available, suitable for all tastes. No reservations needed. No reservations required.
For a memorable dining experience, reserve a table at Eataly's rooftop pop-up restaurant, Baita. In addition to the daily menu, chefs will serve Cotoletta di Maiale alla Griglia (grilled Arcadian Pastures pork chop with peperonata), a special Easter dish. Choose from Baita's signature craft cocktails or house brews to make the most of the stunning views over Fifth Avenue. Reservations recommended.
If you are celebrating Easter at home, consider adding an Italian twist to your celebrations with Eataly's fresh pasta, cured meats, cheese, desserts, and wines.
ilili, 236 Fifth Avenue, between 28th and 27th Streets, (212) 683-2929.
In addition to ilili's a la carte menu, Chef Philippe Massoud will be dishing up Easter-themed plates to make your brunch a family affair. These specials include Braised Lamb Shoulder, Whole Roasted Chicken, Hearth Baked Whole Branzino, and a Pavlova Easter Egg. Special Easter surprises await children, too.
La Pecora Bianca, 1133 Broadway, on the corner of 26th Street, (212) 498-9696.
Add some Italian flair to your Easter celebrations at La Pecora Bianca. Offering a prix-fixe menu, diners have many options including a variety of toasts or salads as appetizers, followed by entrees including braised lamb meatballs and pastas, capped by delicious dessert options. The three-course brunch is $40 per person.
Park Avenue Spring, 360 Park Avenue South, on the corner of 26th Street, (212) 951-7111.
Offering both a prix-fixe menu and a la carte brunch specials, Park Avenue Spring has many options for you to choose from. This year’s menu features dishes such as New Zealand King Salmon, 28 Day Sirloin and a blend-your-own-Bellini bar. The three-course prix fixe menu is $75 per person.
Sarabeth’s, 381 Park Avenue South, on the corner of 27th Street, (212) 335-0093.
Sarabeth's will offer specials at brunch and dinner on Easter Sunday, featuring menu items such as a Chilled Crab Salad and Braised Lamb Shank.
Pastries and Chocolates
L’atelier du Chocolat, 59 West 22nd Street, between Sixth and Fifth Avenues, (212) 243-0033.
Master Chocolatier Eric Girerd is behind the highly refined chocolates at L’atelier du Chocolat. Tucked away on 22nd Street, shoppers will find exotic blends, gift boxes, as well as classic chocolate Easter eggs and other confections.
Lady M, 1178 Broadway, corner of West 28th Street, (212) 452-2222.
Lady M's unique "thousand crepe" cakes will be the highlight your Easter party. Lady M's unique confections come in an array of flavors including green tea, chocolate, coconut, chestnut, and lemon.
Maison Kayser, 921 Broadway, corner of 21st Street, (212) 979-1600.
From freshly baked tarts, seasonal breads, or breakfast pastries, Maison Kayser has the perfect assortment of treats for your Easter party.
Mangia, 22 West 23rd Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, (212) 647-0200.
Mangia will help you celebrate Easter with a selection of desserts that are as cute as they are delicious. Mangia's Easter offerings include chocolate cheesecake eggs, bunny cookies, meringues, and cupcakes, as well as its signature catering services.
NY Cake, 56 West 22nd Street, between Sixth and Fifth Avenues, (212) 675-2253.
Planning to host guests during Easter weekend? NY Cake has all the supplies you need to bake up your favorite Easter recipes.
Patisserie Chanson, 20 West 23rd Street, between Sixth and Fifth Avenues.
Looking to impress your hosts or guests? Bring them a box of chocolate bonbons, fresh bread, or petits gateaux from Patisserie Chanson, an elevated European patisserie.
Paris Baguette, 303 Park Avenue South, (212) 677-0404.
Showcasing a fusion of French culinary traditions with Korean tastes, Paris Baguette has unique desserts to bring flair to your Easter celebrations.
Stationery and Gifts
Blooming Affairs, 925 Broadway, corner of 21st Street, (347) 535-3820.
Blloming Affairs is the Flatiron District's neighborhood florist. Offering curated designs, unique bouquets, and other floral arrangements, Blooming Affairs will put the feeling of spring in any room.
DAVIDsTEA, 688 Sixth Avenue, between 22nd and 21st Streets, (212) 229-0002.
Liven up your Easter get-together with a cool pitcher of iced tea or a pot of afternoon tea from DAVIDsTEA. Try DAVIDsTEA new seasonal selection at their store in the Flatiron District.
Flying Tiger, 920 Broadway, corner of 21st Street, (212) 777-1239.
Looking to fill a bunny-basket without breaking the bank? Flying Tiger has a wide selection of unique and affordable Spring-themed items like flower pots, floral kids' suitcases, trinkets, and quirky home goods for kids and adults.
La Maison Maille, 927 Broadway, corner of 21st Street, (929) 335-6610.
The premier destination for mustards, dressings, and culinary accessories, La Maison Maille is offering a special on mini-mustards. Build your own Easter basket of mini-mustards; each mini-mustard is $4. Other gift items include Maille's Dijon mustards on tap, specialty oils and vinegars, and cornichons.
Papyrus, Two Flatiron District Locations: 655 Sixth Avenue , between 21st and 20th Streets, (212) 355-1880. 940 Broadway, between 23rd and 22nd Streets, (212) 228-2877.
Build scrapbooks, send elegant cards to your loved ones, or craft inventive decorations with Papyrus's offering of stationery materials.
It's what we've been waiting for: Flatiron Green Café and ilili BOX are now open for the season! Open daily and serving freshly prepared food and specialty drinks, the Flatiron Green Café and ilili BOX are located on the Flatiron South and Flatiron North Public Plazas, respectively.
Flatiron Green Café, Flatiron South Public Plaza, (917) 504-6209.
Flatiron Green Café, located on the Flatiron South Public Plaza between 22nd and 23rd Streets, is operated by the team behind Benvenuto and serves hot and iced beverages, breakfast items, soups, salads, sandwiches, and smoothies. On Wednesday, April 5, all customers are invited to enjoy a free cup of coffee.
Hours are Monday through Sunday, from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m
ilili BOX, Flatiron North Public Plaza, (646) 771-4090.
ilili Box, located on the Flatiron North Public Plaza between 23rd and 24th Streets along Broadway, is a fast-casual kiosk of the acclaimed Lebanese restaurant in the Flatiron District, ilili. Its menu includes shawarma and falafel wraps, phoenician fries, labne, and hummus.
Hours are Monday through Sunday, from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
A patisserie by day and dessert bar by night, Chef Rory Macdonald brings a new culinary experience to 23rd Street: Patisserie Chanson. Macdonald, a London-born chef with international expertise in Michelin starred restaurants, showcases his innovative concepts at Patisserie Chanson, his first solo enterprise.
Asked about Patisserie Chanson's opening, Chef Rory Macdonald said, "We wanted to bring a new style of patisserie to New York, inspired by the elevated feel of the European patisserie experience, and the Flatiron District's innovative character was the perfect match. Our menu offers traditional offerings with a modern twist; we like to put our own spin on it while still paying tribute to its origin."
Chanson, the French word for song, is a reference to the orchestral process of dessert making. "Everything from our bread to our chocolates is crafted in house, which keeps the experience authentic," said Macdonald. From macarons to petits gateaux, signature eclairs, and chocolate bonbons, Patisserie Chanson serves thoughtfully created desserts, in addition to lunch items such as sandwiches, soups, and salads. On the ground floor, patrons will find coffee beverages by Stumptown Roasters, and a selection of breads and pastries.
This April, Patisserie Chanson launches The Art of Dessert, an elevated dessert dining experience featuring tasting menus of sweet and savory selections, complemented by handcrafted cocktails and a curated wine list. The unique after-dinner experience is housed in the lower level of the Patisserie, a prohibition-era casino academy redesigned by the Brooklyn-based Hecho Inc. Together, the ground floor and downstairs dessert bar create an innovative space for social gathering and culinary experimentation.
Hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Closed on Sunday.
Patisserie Chanson, 20 West 23rd Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues.
Image via Patisserie Chanson.
WANT Apothecary features their own line along with carefully selected pieces that represent their aesthetic. It’s a formula that has proven effective in Canada where the label operates three boutiques. The store's interior is designed to resemble a 19th Century apothecary with chandeliers, herringbone floors, and custom oak tables. WANT Apothecary is the first U.S. retail concept from brothers Byron and Dexter Peart, the founders of Montreal’s WANT Les Essentiels.
“We’re very excited to bring WANT Apothecary to New York,” says Byron Peart. “With its unique shop and restaurants, this charming and exciting neighborhood feels like the perfect home for our first U.S. location.”
Brands carried at WANT Apothecary include Acne Studios, Jil Sander, Aspesi, Totême, Fleur du Mal, M. Martin, and Xu Zhi, while a dedicated WANT Les Essentiels feature wall offers one of the largest selections of the brand’s luxury travel accessories in North America. The apothecary counter will showcase a wide range of brands including Byredo Parfums, Susanne Kaufmann, Grown Alchemist, Cosmetics 27, and Verso Skincare.
Hours are Mondays through Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
WANT Apothecary, at The NoMad Hotel, 1170 Broadway (at 28th Street), (212) 481-6010.
Image via WANT Apothecary.