The Daily Meal’s Ali Rosen talked to chefs at Celebrate Flatiron Chefs, an annual one-day event that benefits the Madison Square Park Conservatory in New York City, about their favorite places to go in the neighborhood.
The neighborhood, known for its striking Beaux-Arts architecture, particularly the iconic Flatiron Building, and Madison Square Park, is also known for its gastronomic variety.
"It’s just this combustible neighborhood of excitement but in a very, very human way that feels like a village," said Danny Meyer, CEO of the Union Square Hospitality Group. Meyer suggests after a tour of Flatiron’s architecture to walk along Broadway and visit the Union Square Greenmarket, an outdoor farmers market which is open on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.
Madison Square Park hosts a variety of epicurean events throughout the year, which feature the area’s diverse offerings, from fine dining to food trucks, and Madison Square Park houses Shake Shack's original location.
"I think Flatiron is awesome because of the diversity of all the restaurants," said Lawrence Knapp, executive chef of The Hurricane Club. "You have four-star restaurants, high-end gastro pubs. It’s a diverse area of food. You can find anything you need in Flatiron."
Lauren Mack is the Travel Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @lmack.