Although an unlikely pair from the outside, the buildings known as 88 & 90 Lexington make a charming duo in the heart of Manhattan. 88 is the taller, more classic of the two, while 90 adopts a more modern aesthetic. Their coupling is representative of Manhattan’s rich architectural history and their designs indirectly become a celebration of the pre-war and post styles seen across the island. Together, they offer some of the best luxury residential condo available on the market in Manhattan today.
It only makes sense that the finest luxury homes will find themselves nestled in the heart of one of the city’s most popular and historic neighborhoods. Gramercy is known for its gorgeous architecture, famous park and endless options for eating, shopping and entertainment. There’s a reason that foodies, fashionistas and artists alike are all eager to call this dynamic neighborhood home.
Lovers of cuisine will have their fair share of dining options ranging from the city’s most critically-acclaimed establishments, such as the Michelin-star touting Eleven Madison, to more relaxed atmospheres like the BBQ basting, whiskey slinging, jazz club known as Blue Smoke Flatiron. Dine on signature bites like their salt and pepper ribs while soaking up tuns Park Avenue A/W & S/S is another winning option for those who prefer a seasonal menu based on locally-sourced ingredients. Penelope’s offers a quiet retreat for locals who prefer a more relaxed atmosphere, tucked away from the hustle of the neighborhood. For those who prefer to prepare their meals at home, a quick trip to Sarabeth’s will remedy the need for a tasty baguette to go alongside dinner. This Manhattan staple started as an Upper East Side bakery that now has a successful central location in Gramercy. If it’s a full spectrum of unique ingredients that one is seeking, however, Mario Batali’s European market concept, Eataly, is sure to deliver. Peruse aisles of imported oils, cheeses, olives, meats and more for savory bites to take home. Or grab a couple of glasses of wine with a friend and watch the busy world go by from the market’s expansive street-facing windows.
Entertainment options are plentiful with Irving Plaza, Gramercy Theatre and the wide range of offerings near Union Square just a short walk from home. Late night hangouts like the legendary Pete’s Tavern, a bar that has been operating since 1864, provide a hefty beer and booze selection slugged down with a history chaser. Modern Pinball is a wizard’s dream, offering plenty of rare machines, some of which date back as far as the 70s.
The fashion forward resident will be pleased with the wide range of boutique shopping options as well as major flagship stores from designers like Tori Burch and Ralph Lauren. The New York Design Center is particularly attractive to those with an eye for interior design. This 16-floor, 100-showroom home furnishings retailer features unique items like Danish bookcases and antique trestle tables, sure to please even the pickiest home owners. The massive store also features 33,000 square feet of antiques and 20th Century pieces from the renowned 1stdibs, ensuring that no condo at 88 & 90 Lex will go unfurnished.