Union Square NYC

Union Square NYC

Discover all that Union Square NYC has to offer! This area is the gateway to Downtown New York City, and is just minutes from East Village, West Village and the Meatpacking District.

Union Square is an important intersection in Manhattan, that is located where Broadway and Fourth Avenue intersect. The neighborhoods that are located around this square include the Flatiron District, Chelsea, Greenwich Village and Gramercy Park. Union Square NYC is the site of a famous year-round greenmarket, as well as parks, playgrounds and plenty of benches to sit and take in the whole scene.

Top Ten Things to Do in NYC, Union Square

  1. Browse through Union Square Park and Greenmarket. This massive market sells everything from fresh fish to meat to tasty baked goods, and it would be wise to come hungry, as the vendors are happy to let visitors sample their delicious products. 
  2. Have a drink at the Rye House. Take a break from the hordes of shoppers by putting your feet up at this Union Square bar, and chow down on a tasty truffle grilled cheese sandwich or sip a refreshing cocktail.
  3. Peruse the Shelves at the Strand. A must for bookworms, this bookstore has the equivalent of 18 miles of new, used and rare books to choose from, and will have something for to appeal to every reader.
  4. Stimulate your tastebuds at Eataly. Mario Batali's Italian food emporium is a foodie's paradise that is filled with mouthwatering smells of fresh baked goods, pizza, pasta, sandwiches and gelato.
  5. Pack a picnic for Union Square Park. Pick up some eats at the Union Square Trader Joe's and set up a picnic on one of the grassy areas of the park or one of the many park benches. This is one of the best things to do in NYC when the sun is shining!
  6. Sample some fine wine at Union Square Wine and Spirits. Wine connoisseurs will be delighted to browse through this store, which stocks every conceivable wine and spirit. The best part: they give out samples of their wines!
  7. Snap some photos of the Flatiron Building. This stunning building was built at the turn of the 20th century, and is one of the architectural highlights of NYC. If this inspires the artist in you, head over to the Rubin Museum of Art afterwards, just a few blocks away. 
  8. Explore Any of the Museums Nearby. Union Square NYC is home to several popular museums. The aforementioned Rubin Museum is perfect for the artistic travelers. Feeling a little adventurous? Spend the afternoon at the fascinating Museum of Sex. Looking for more a cultural experience? The exhibits at the Yeshiva University Museum are rotated every few months, but usually display historically important Jewish artifacts and amazing artwork.
  9. Shop around Union Square. Of course you're going to want to go shopping in NYC! Sephora, Anthopologie, Nordstrom Rack and even comic book store Forbidden Planet are in the area. 
  10. Catch a show at the Vineyard Theatre. This Off-Broadway theatre is known for putting on shows that are both thought-provoking and professional, and seeing a play here could be a great end to a day in Union Square. Seeing a show is one of the best things to do in NYC, and many of the shows Off-Broadway are just as entertaining as the big name shows!
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Top Five Hotels and Restaurants in Union Square NYC:

  1. Tocqueville: Serving up scrumptious American French fusion cuisine in the heart of Union Square, this restaurant won't disappoint hungry travelers.
  2. Union Square Cafe: A project of culinary giant Danny Meyer, this NYC restaurant serves up tasty eats like ricotta gnocchi and prosciutto wrapped scallops, and banana tarts which are to die for.
  3. Gotham Bar and Grill: For a premium fine dining experience, check out the Gotham Bar and Grill in Union Square. Perfectly cooked duck breast is their specialty, and their rich chocolate cake isn't too shabby either.
  4. Park South Hotel: This exclusive boutique hotel is centrally located in the Flatiron District, and offers luxurious rooms and comfortable amenities in addition to its convenient location. After an afternoon exploring, eating and shopping in NYC, this is a wonderful luxurious hotel to come home to.
  5. W New York Union Square: This elegant and iconic NYC hotel places its guests in the vicinity of all the Union Square NYC metro stops, and will provide a memorable stay for its guests.

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