We have yet to find the dirty soul of the Flatiron. So far it feels like a younger version of midtown, hipper and cooler but still a place where the streets bustle with worker bees on lunch break. I miss our cranky old Italian ladies on the corner, that batty Chinese woman who used to whack people with her cane if you got too close, lost tourists looking for Little Italy and hipster freelancers lounging in cafes all afternoon long. Lunch too is missing some charm, sure there are reliable lunches like the City Bakery buffet, but what about the grime and grit?
City Bakery, 3 W. 18th St, NY, NY 10010 (btwn 5th and 6th Aves)