What old fine restaurants left in the USA?
I wonder which of the old, "legendary" restaurants in the US are left and still following their original "mission"?
In New York, there is La Grenouille, more than 40 years in business in the same location and by now the last of the old guard of fine French places with La Cote Basque, Le Pavillon, etc. gone....
Then there is Le Cirque, also rather long in business, but in changing locations.
Le Bec Fin in Philadelphia comes to mind, but I read, that the restaurant will be redone and reopen on a much more casual level, so the original mission of fine food in an exquisite ambiance with fine service seems over....
I do not know, if the Russian Tea Room would qualify?
What other dining establishments in the US are since a long time in business without a major interruption and can be called legendary?
New Orleans has possibly several and Boston as well, but I wonder which of these are actually very upscale as opposed to "just" good restaurants?
Of course this is not limited to French cooking,there must be some Italians, etc...
Visiting these places is a trip back in time for me, and I want to see them before they are gone...
Most diners do not appreciate a legendary restaurant continuing to do what made them famous. The decor and menu become "tired." They need to "innovate" and change with the times. Well, that is not what made them a legend. Try Peter Luger's for sticking with their game plan. Bern's in Tampa. Both happen to be steakhouses by the way (and Bern's now sells a lot of fish)
Yes, I am aware of that conundrum. Oftentimes there is no evolution in the restaurant and eventually the clients are getting tired of it or dying off and finally the restaurant closes... But iI am certain, that there are many places which evolved yet kept their standards and some of their classic dishes.
Brennan's in New Orleans comes to mind. Also the Oyster Bar in Grand Central Station, New York City.
Rao's - the best Italian place you'll never eat at - has been around for a million years. After a fire, they hired set designers to re-decorate the place *exactly* as it looked before.
I'm delighted to see steakman55 mention Bern's in Tampa, Florida. I got ahold of a copy of their wine list from 1984 -- it's nearly 2,000 pages! Bern's is an institution with a rich history.
Durgin Park in Boston is another institution that comes to mind. It's been reviewed poorly here on chowhound, however. I still like it.
Finally, The Four Seasons in New York is still fresh and delightful after 50 great years - and going strong!
Hey, it's not that bad, at least when I was there quite a few years back!!! But, again, IT"S AN OLD INN. I wasn't expecting the French Laundry or anything! Seemed to have decent food. And a long list of waiting people to get in.
And I don't think the rest of the replies are strictly "FINE' dining either. Take the Original Pantry in LA - it's old and a DUMP. But it's still there, serving up decent food to willing customers. I believe that's the point here.
Three come to mind in Colorado:
Buckhorn Exchange - since 1893, Colorado liquor license #1
Palace Arms at the Brown Palace Hotel
The Penrose Room at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs
and a few others:
The Cloisters, Sea Island, GA
River Oaks C.C., Houston
The Forge, Miami (some would disagree)