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Nopa Feb 8, 2012 12:52 PM

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.

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    Chuck Lawrence RE: Nopa Feb 8, 2012 01:17 PM

    Four Seasons
    Oyster Bar
    La Grenouille
    Keens
    The Palm (the original)
    Barney Greengrass
    Katz's
    PJ Clarke's (the original)
    Sparks
    Serendipity 3
    Il Mulino (opened early 80's)

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    Barney Greengrass
    541 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

    Katz's Delicatessen
    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

    Keens
    72 West 36th St., New York, NY 10018

    Il Mulino
    86 W 3rd St, New York, NY 10012

    Palm
    837 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10017

    La Grenouille
    3 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022

    P.J. Clarke's
    915 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10022

    Serendipity 3
    225 E 60th St, New York, NY 10022

    The Four Seasons
    99 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022

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      ttoommyy RE: Chuck Lawrence Feb 8, 2012 01:35 PM

      I'd just like to clarify to the OP that it is The Four Seasons restaurant Chuck Lawrence speaks of and not the restaurant at the Four Season hotel. Two very different things.

      Here's a link to the web site:
      http://www.fourseasonsrestaurant.com/...

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        mrskitty RE: Chuck Lawrence Feb 10, 2012 01:51 PM

        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

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        Smith & Wollensky
        797 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10022

        Wollensky's Grill
        201 E 49th St, New York, NY 10017

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          thegforceny RE: mrskitty Feb 10, 2012 04:54 PM

          Iconic NY? It's the lesser part of a chain restaurant.

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            wincountrygirl RE: thegforceny May 10, 2012 03:38 AM

            It did not start out a chain. It was one great steakhouse that became a chain. Kind of like Il Mulino.............

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              uwsister RE: wincountrygirl May 12, 2012 09:35 AM

              But it was started by the guy who founded TGI Friday's (which, incidentally, also had its first and original location in East side of Manhattan) - so most likely it was going to be a chain.

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                Pan RE: uwsister May 12, 2012 09:17 PM

                Was TGI Friday's ever better than horrific?

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                  uwsister RE: Pan May 12, 2012 10:02 PM

                  Obviously I have no first-hand experience. I have a feeling that it wasn't since the emphasis seems to always have been on drinks and the "bar scene."

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                    Renguin RE: Pan May 21, 2012 08:25 AM

                    Ha, My mom told me about going there in the 70s. I imagine it was prob the same as any of those other mediocre midtown UES bars in the area before the food was made in a factory and frozen and then assembled on site.

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                      Up With Olives RE: Renguin May 21, 2012 12:39 PM

                      In the '60s, the original TGI Fridays was a singles bar.

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              foodwhisperer RE: mrskitty May 15, 2012 08:23 PM

              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,

          2. boredough RE: Nopa Feb 8, 2012 01:18 PM

            also
            Fraunces Tavern
            Delmonico's
            Old Homestead
            Russ & Daughters

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            Russ & Daughters
            179 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

            Old Homestead
            56 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

            Delmonico's
            56 Beaver Street, New York, NY 10004

            Fraunces Tavern
            54 Pearl Street, New York, NY 10004

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              gutsofsteel RE: boredough Feb 8, 2012 07:01 PM

              Russ & Daughters is not a restaurant.

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                boredough RE: gutsofsteel Feb 9, 2012 03:39 PM

                oops you are right! but it is iconic..... sorry!

            2. Monica RE: Nopa Feb 8, 2012 01:24 PM

              21 Club whose waiters have been there forever and maybe the Boathouse at the Central park.

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              21 Club
              21 West 52nd Street, New York, NY 10019

              Central Park Boathouse
              Central Park East Drive E 72nd St, New York, NY 10021

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                tex.s.toast RE: Nopa Feb 8, 2012 01:24 PM

                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)

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                McSorley's Old Ale House
                15 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003

                1. dkstar1 RE: Nopa Feb 8, 2012 01:30 PM

                  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.

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                  Babbo
                  110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

                  Le Cirque
                  151 East 58th Street, New York, NY 10022

                  Lombardi's
                  32 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

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                    kurtt RE: dkstar1 May 12, 2012 09:44 AM

                    I know I'm late to the party but I just want to point out that Lombardi's has only been opened since 1994. There was a Lombardi's on Prince street but not at this location.

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                    small h RE: Nopa Feb 8, 2012 01:46 PM

                    Rao's, Sylvia's, Tavern on the Green (closed now, but maybe something will be there by May).

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                    Sylvia's
                    328 Lenox Ave, New York, NY 10027

                    Rao's
                    455 E 114th St, New York, NY 10029

                    1. GoodGravy RE: Nopa Feb 8, 2012 01:57 PM

                      Eisenberg's Sandwich Shop

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                      Eisenberg's Sandwich Shop
                      174 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

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                        Nopa RE: Nopa Feb 9, 2012 12:19 PM

                        Thanks everyone, I can't wait!

                        1. chompchomp RE: Nopa Feb 10, 2012 03:14 PM

                          Prime burger!

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                          Primeburger
                          5 E 51st St, New York, NY 10022

                          1. PesachBenSchlomo RE: Nopa Feb 10, 2012 06:07 PM

                            Is Mama Leone's still there? (don't eat there if it is - honestly.)

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                              Nopa RE: Nopa May 9, 2012 11:55 AM

                              Hello NYC, I just finished my NYC iconic food trip. I just wanted to follow-up on my gastronomic experience. I prettry much tried all of the suggestions on this thread. Most were very good. The only standout compared to SF was Katz's Deli. I have never had such savory, tender and moist pastrami in my live. I probaly never will until I visit NYC again....

                              1. egit RE: Nopa May 9, 2012 02:27 PM

                                John's on East 12th Street.

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                                  serious RE: Nopa May 10, 2012 03:31 AM

                                  iconic and not so good - Sammy's Roumanian

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                                    Wilfrid RE: serious May 10, 2012 10:44 AM

                                    Word.

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                                      Bob Martinez RE: serious May 10, 2012 11:57 AM

                                      Calling Sammy's "not so good" is like saying Mike Tyson has "a bit of a temper."

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                                        uwsister RE: Bob Martinez May 11, 2012 12:50 PM

                                        Thanks for the laugh.

                                    2. misnatalie RE: Nopa May 11, 2012 01:22 PM

                                      One if By Land Two if By Sea
                                      http://www.oneifbyland.com

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                                        serious RE: Nopa May 14, 2012 02:36 AM

                                        Shopsins?

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                                          kurtt RE: serious May 14, 2012 08:13 AM

                                          " I mean old establisments +50 years. "

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                                            KenS RE: serious May 22, 2012 03:23 PM

                                            Shopsin's- 40+years

                                          2. Db Cooper RE: Nopa May 15, 2012 08:31 AM

                                            Le Veau D'Or

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                                              ndukka562 RE: Db Cooper May 22, 2012 03:28 PM

                                              ++++++++1

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                                              annomy RE: Nopa May 15, 2012 09:59 AM

                                              Wow, I'm sort of surprised that no one mentioned Pete's Tavern, "the oldest continuously operating restaurant & bar in New York City." Since 1864. Haven't been there in ages, though remember it having good burgers and considering it for some out-of-towners tomorrow. Needs to be near Union Square, and one is veggie & the other meat & potatoes!

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                                                mushroomaffairs RE: Nopa May 16, 2012 07:47 AM

                                                McSorley's

                                                Maybe next time!

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                                                  Mike C. Miller RE: Nopa May 21, 2012 03:25 PM

                                                  I didn't see Sylvia's on the list.

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