historic restaurants of nyc

photo:   Delmonicos

photo:  Delmonicos

delmonico's 1837

A New York classic serving prime beef in old-time environs.

56 Beaver St, New York, NY 10004

Keens chophouse 1885

Enormous steaks & signature mutton chops served in a maze of clubby, wood-paneled rooms.

72 W 36th St, New York, NY 10018

photo:  The Urban Lens

McSorley's Old Ale House 1854

Old-time bar with Irish bartenders, 2 kinds of ale (light or dark) & sawdust on the floor.

15 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003

lombardi’s pizza 1913

Landmark NoLita restaurant serving coal-fired, thin-crust Neapolitan pizza 

32 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

old homestead steakhouse 1868

Old-world relic serving huge, pricey steaks in a classic, dark-wood setting.

56 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011


Grand Central Oyster Bar 1913

Venerated, iconic eatery serving raw oysters, pan roasts & chowders in a bustling, vaulted setting.

Grand Central Terminal, 89 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017

photo: serious eats 

photo: serious eats 

P.J. Clarke's 1884 

Iconic burger & beer saloon 

915 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10022


21 club 1930

Upscale former speakeasy serving classic American fare in an old New York setting.

21 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019

photo:  Untapped Cities

yonah schimmel knish bakery 1890

Venerable NYC bakery/deli dispensing knishes, kugel & other Jewish comfort-food 

137 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

photo: nyc go

photo: nyc go

Russian Tea Room 1927

Continental classics like borscht, caviar & vodka served in a flashy, opulent setting.

150 W 57th St, New York, NY 10019



photo: peter luger

photo: peter luger

Peter luger steakhouse 1887

Cash-only steak icon where old-school waiters serve aged beef in a German beer hall setting.

178 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211

photo: katz's

photo: katz's

Katz's Delicatessen 1888

No-frills deli with mile-high sandwiches 

205 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

russ & daughters 1914

Family-owned shop offering high-end smoked fish, caviar & New York-style specialty foods 

179 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

bamonte’s 1900

Neighborhood Italian restaurant plating red-sauce standards in a retro setting.

32 Withers St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

photo: eater

photo: eater

rao's 1896

VIPs fill the dining room of this 10-table Italian icon, where who you know is key to entry.

455 E 114th St, New York, NY 10029