Iconic NYC Restaurants?
Hello, I seek a list of iconic NYC restaurants. I don't mean "must trys"; I read all those threads. I mean old establisments +50 years. To mind, are Peter Lugers and Carnegie Deli, I know there must be many more. I have never visted NYC. I am from SF and will be in your great city in early May. It is not important to me if they are uneven or touristy. I enjoy all foods and prices.
Thanks in advance.
The Palm (the original)
PJ Clarke's (the original)
Il Mulino (opened early 80's)
541 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024
205 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002
Grand Central Oyster Bar
89 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017
Sparks Steak House
210 E 46th St, New York, NY 10017
72 West 36th St., New York, NY 10018
86 W 3rd St, New York, NY 10012
837 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10017
3 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022
915 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10022
225 E 60th St, New York, NY 10022
The Four Seasons
99 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022
re: Chuck Lawrence
Smith & Wollensky's (1977) and don't miss Wollensky's Grill. The Grill (entrance on 49th St) is open from 11:30AM till 2:00AM but does not accept reservations. Took my out-of-town husband there on our first date in 1998, we did not have reservations at 11pm so we hit the Grill, fabulous. 797 Third Ave, New York, NY 10022
Smith & Wollensky
797 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10022
201 E 49th St, New York, NY 10017
Smith and Wollensky's is only in NYC for 34 years. The building however is from 1893, before it was Smith and Wollensky , it was a great steak house called Manny Wolf's. I went there when I was younger.
You folks mentioned most of the Icons. i am amazed 21 Club is still around, most of the Icons I don't like, that includes Old Homestead. If there is still a Chock full o nuts or a Horn and Hardart Automat, those are icons for sure. Sammy's, Katz's Russ and Daughters, Keens, Sardi's, Four Seasons, Tad's Steakhouse is kind of iconic , they used to have steaks for $1.19, I think today they are only $10. , Pete's Tavern, DelMonico's, Gallaghers, Russian Tea Room, Chumly's the old speakeasy, One if by land, Peter Luger, White Horse, Fraunces Tavern, Monte's, Lombardi's, Papaya King is over 80 years old,and a definite Icon. Nathan's in coney island for sure, The Oyster Bar at Grand Central is over 90 years old, B&H Dairy has been around since 1930's and an Icon to vegetarians, Odessa might be iconic, Cafe Ferrara is probably the first italian cafe established in 1892, Veniero's dates back pretty far as well. Lanza's and John's and Patsy's are pretty iconic. Peking Duck House, Wo Hop, Nam Wah, Hong Fat, 4,5,6 i'll call iconic. Maybe Vincent;s and Umberto's and Puglia's.
The ones that could have been but disappeared Orange Julius, Nedicks, Ratner's, Patricia Murphy's, Mama Leone's, Elaine's, Market Diner, Pink Tea Cup, Zum Zum, Sloppy Louie's,
21 Club whose waiters have been there forever and maybe the Boathouse at the Central park.
21 West 52nd Street, New York, NY 10019
Central Park Boathouse
Central Park East Drive E 72nd St, New York, NY 10021
I just listened to an excellent Bowery Boys podcast about the history and cultural significance of Sardi's, which readily acknowledged that its mostly a tourist crowd and no exactly chow-worthy, but certainly full of (broadway) history.
McSorely's for a couple of half-mugs of beer (you can probably skip the food offerings)
McSorley's Old Ale House
15 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003
Agree with most of the others listed so far. Add Lombardi's, Le Cirque and maybe even Babbo as the newest "iconic" restaurant. It's been around and featured or mentioned in enough movies/tv shows to earn that status by now I think. Others may disagree and that's fine.
110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011
151 East 58th Street, New York, NY 10022
32 Spring St, New York, NY 10012