"For lunch, which, for the nature of my business, is my favorite time to go around to interesting and off the beaten path restaurants in New York City, a great place with counter service on 11th St. and 2nd Ave. is Momofuku Noodle Bar -- great soup and a major hang out for chefs and people in the restaurant business. Barbuto, in the West Village, is lots of fun. If you like Italian, Lupa in the Village is definitely one of the best. For lobster rolls, try Mary's Fish Camp – fantastic, and Fatty Crab on Hudson St. – funky place, great food. I love these places because aside from great food, they represent the most innovative ideas in restaurants. So, if you have two or three hours during the late morning / early afternoon, you can try a few of the places one after the other, like we New Yorkers do."
Pino Luongo, Restaurateur & Author
Gramercy is a small residential neighborhood filled with young families with children, dogs, or children and dogs, centered on Gramercy Park, a locked space between 20th and 21st Streets, Park Avenue South, and Third Avenue. The gated park is for the residents of the square, including the National Arts Club and the Gramercy Hotel. The lovely little street that abuts the park from the south, Irving Place, is the area’s own Restaurant Row.