How To Have The Ultimate Foodie Day In Gramercy

by Andrea Czachor

Want to have the ultimate, foodie-filled day in Gramercy? Andrea Czachor of Danny Meyer’s Maialino restaurant shares all of her favorite spots in Gramercy and how to pack them all in to a fun-filled [and delicious] day in New York City.

Though I moved to New York City from Vermont 10 years ago, it has taken me the better part of that decade to feel like the city is my home. One of my favorite Saturday pastimes is to spend the day exploring a specific neighborhood. I thought the most appropriate neighborhood to begin with would be the one that feels most like home to me- Gramercy Park & Union Square. This area surrounding both where I live and work [a Roman-inspired trattoria in the Gramercy Park Hotel called Maialino] holds many of my favorite hangouts.

Saturday Morning

8:30am

As I also live in the neighborhood, I usually start my Saturdays with beverages at Maialino. I say beverages because I mean more than one. First, I like to hydrate with a fresh juice [carrot being my favorite], and then I pick up a latte for the road. We were lucky enough to partner with Counter Culture and their coffee is the best.

9:30am

After a leisurely walk [I like to walk along Broadway from 21st to 18th– check out Whisk, an awesome browsing store], I attend Jolie Walsh’s Survivor Class on Saturday mornings at SoulCycle. While it is sometimes difficult to motivate on a Saturday, this sets the pace for my entire weekend.

11:30am

After this amazing work out, I am starving, so I like to head to ABC Kitchen. They have a delicious brunch with quite a few healthy options if you want to stay in that workout mode, like kale salad with lemon and mint or a spinach and goat cheese omelet.

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Saturday Afternoon

1:00pm

After brunch I love to browse ABC Carpet and Home. My favorite floor there is actually bedding. They have the most beautiful comforters and pillows.

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2:00pm

Head to the Union Square Green Market. Being in the restaurant business, I usually prefer to stay in on Saturday nights if possible, as it’s hard to walk into most places. My husband and I typically cook, and that usually starts with a visit to the market. They have the best produce. It is also an excuse to buy some beautiful flowers for the apartment for absolutely no reason.

3:00pm

At this point I am hitting a wall and jonesing for another coffee. But first a stop at Strand, my favorite bookstore in the city. Their prices are the best and the store has a great vibe. Once I purchase a new read [newest addition is the Golden Finch by Donna Tartt, get it!] I’ll make my way to 13th & 3rd for a Japanese Ice Brew coffee at Everyman Espresso. There is a bench outside is perfect for reading if you’re lucky enough to snag it.

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4:00pm

Okay— I have been healthy all day: time for a cocktail. Lucky for me, I have quite a few options close by. I decide to visit the bar at Momofuko Ssam Bar. I have a cocktail and sneak in a pork bun as well. Shhh…

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4:30pm

I decide to treat myself one more time [why not?] and hit up Milk Bar across the street for some cereal soft serve and a cookie.

Saturday Evening

6:00pm

Dinner at home with all of the delicious goodies from the market, along with some New York Cider.

8:00pm

After running around all day, I don’t want to go too far for another cocktail. Grace Bar fixes delicious cocktails! A Negroni for myself and a Last Word for my husband and we are quite content.