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Flatiron Flâneur

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. 

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Getting our CHEER on in the snow! 🌨❄🌨 Stop by the Flatiron North Public Plaza today until 4pm to spin our amazing prize wheel full of neighborhood goodness, enjoy free HOT coffee by @taralluccinyc,and grab a tote bag full of district discounts! You can also drop off a donation for our food drive for the @foodbank4nyc!. Be sure to share your photos using #FlatironReflection for the chance to win a sweet daily prize from a neighborhood business! #freecoffee #hotcoffee #taralluccievino #discoverflatiron
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