City Guides: Union Square / Midtown

Union Square -- Midtown City Guide Title Page

So far, it’s been so much fun sharing with you all of our favorite spots & things to do in Park Slope & Carroll GardensDumbo, and Prospect Heights. While I’ve thoroughly enjoyed posting those three city guides about Brooklyn, I am truly excited to now move on into the borough of Manhattan!

To describe how much I adore both Union Square and Midtown, well that’s certainly a hard task! So many delicious eateries, on every corner. So many shops to explore (even if it is only to look!) So many coffee shops. So many happy hours. And don’t worry about walking too much. You can just prop your feet up, and take your time simply relaxing in Madison Square Park…all while taking in the iconic Flatiron Building of course! But enough of me yapping…check out all of our favorite places below!

 Eats – Sitdowns:

(Scrumptious brunch spot)
159 Lexington Avenue (212) 481-3800


The sweets are divine as well.

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(Awesome beer garden & restaurant on rooftop!)
200 5th Avenue (212) 229-2560


Brother Jimmy’s BBQ
(Very fun atmosphere for big crowds)
116 East 16th Street (212) 673-6465

Eats – Quickbites:

(Our all-time favorite salad/soup joint)
1164 Broadway (646) 449-884

Beechers Handmade Cheese
(Best grilled cheese, hands down!)
900 Broadway (212) 466-3340


The cheese is even made right in front of your eyes.


Stumptown Coffee
(Located inside the Ace Hotel)
30 West 8th Street (347) 414-7802

City Bakery
(The best hot chocolate you’ll ever have)<
3 West 18th Street (212) 366-1414


Things to Do:

Grab a bite at Madison Square Eats.
(So many local vendors to choose from, but I recommend roberta’s pizza!)

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Walk around and eat fresh at the Union Square Farmers Market.


There’s so many local musicians and artisans, too!



Visit Bryant Park
(There are free movies on the lawn during the summer, and then ice skating in the winter!)



Stop in Fishs Eddy.
(By far, our favorite kitchen store – so many cute trinkets!)

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Take in the outside art exhibitions throughout Madison Square Park.
(And grab a burger at the original location of Shake Shack)


Get lost in ABC Carpet & Home.


Test out the photo booth in the infamous Ace Hotel.

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Don’t Miss Out On:

Flatiron Building
(Walk up a few blocks for the very best view!)



New York Public Library


Empire State Building
(Very touristy & crowded, but if you haven’t done it…Do it!)


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