Visitor's Guide to Our Neighborhood

Visitor's Guide to Our Neighborhood

Posted by Aaron Taylor on

We are proud that our store has been a mainstay of the Flatiron District since 1912, and are ready to welcome you for a wonderful equestrian shopping experience seven days a week (maybe this Saturday before NYC's Triple Crown race The Belmont Stakes? Go Justify!). Once you have gotten your horse-gear fix with us, there is a whole world of dining, browsing and sightseeing to be done right in the neighborhood, so to help you navigate the possibilities, we offer you our "insider's guide" to the area.

FOOD. We've got to fuel all that posting trot, counter cantering...and buying of breeches!...somewhere. Here are our picks:


Best Pizza--NYC's water, sourced from the upper Delaware River, is credited with making the crust here legendary, and it is...


Waldy's Wood Fired Pizza on 6th Ave. has great thin crust pies as well as pasta, salads and other tasty goodies

Joe's Pizza (Gramercy location) has been called "the quintessential New York slice"


Best Fancy Restaurant--Because equestrian fashion gets you in anywhere (minus the mud and hair)

Eleven Madison Park offers sublime cuisine in an elegant setting

Gramercy Tavern is a NYC staple with a dining room (make reservations) and a tavern (just stop in)

At ABC Kitchen you can eat gourmet and shop for housewares too

Brunch at Sarabeth's, for the win, every time

Keep it in the horse family by dining at Farmer and the Fish (owned by one of our friends at Golden's Bridge Hounds) or Black Barn (owned by the CEO of HITS)


Best Quick Bite--When you just have to get back to the barn


Cava is right at the end of our block, and we are obsessed... 

Dos Toros for the rare truly good NYC burrito 

Xi'an Famous Foods on 23rd St., famous for many reasons, including hand-ripped noodles

Shake Shack in Madison Square Park, though you may be able to burn off the calories in advance by standing in line...

Eataly has a big variety of Italian food stands and cafes
Our coffee shop of choice is Gregory's on Park Avenue


Best Bar--Liquid Lunchers rejoice!


The Green Room on 23rd is a good pub for a beer and a snack right around the corner from the store

Flatiron Lounge has beer and wine, but go for the cocktails for sure

See and be seen at the Rose Bar at the Gramercy Park Hotel  

SPiN for Ping-Pong is as quirky as its owner, Susan Sarandon. Eat, drink, and play ping pong.

OTHER STUFF. Boldly going where there are limited food and horse themes:

Best Non-Equestrian Shopping--Is there even such a thing?

Flying Tiger Copenhagen from useful to kitschy to weird under one roof

Paragon Sports in case you exercise out of the saddle

ABC Carpet and Home is an immersion experience in housewares

Fish's Eddy specializes in irreverent tableware

The Strand has 18 miles of new, used, rare and out-of-print books and they really mean it

Abracadabra NYC celebrates Halloween all year round

Best Landmark--For tourists from abroad, across the river or visiting from the Upper East Side

The Flatiron Building is the biggest star in the neighborhood

Eataly, worth mentioning twice...

Madison Square Park, original location of the National Horse Show!

The Met Life Tower was the tallest building in the world when it was completed

Union Square Greenmarket has local-and-gourmet produce, fish, cheese and other deliciousness on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays

Best People Watching--Free entertainment 24/7!

Madison Square Park also has great dog watching...

Gramercy Park is private, but you can gaze through the fence and maybe spot a celebrity? 

Freehand Hotel is new and hot, with multiple eating and drinking spaces 


Category-Defier--Always a rebel in the mix

The Pit (People's Improv Theater) comedy club is our next-door neighbor

See you in the city!!!

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