2019 Best Classic Restaurants in New York Area

Iconic Restaurants
in New York

The dining scene is full of restaurants attempting to cash in on the latest culinary trends, and often closing just as quickly as they open. But many landmark restaurants are steeped in history and have served meals to our parents (or even grandparents). They might range from classic lunch counters to white-tablecloth establishments.

Enjoy a meal at GAYOT's Top Old-Timer Restaurants in New York, some of which are still trendy and à la mode after all these years. These selections are presented in alphabetical order.
 
Delmonico's
13/20
This restaurant has been pleasing patrons since 1837. See More

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Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant
13/20
The best reason to miss your train is stopping for oysters at this Grand Central eatery. See More

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Il Mulino
14/20
A New York destination for fine Italian specialties. See More

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Katz's Deli
QB
This is the epitome of the Jewish deli and a must-visit for out-of-town guests in need of a good corned beef sandwich. See More
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La Grenouille
16/20
This iconic French restaurant has been a New York landmark since 1962. See More

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Nathan's Famous
QB
The 1916 original home of the famous Nathan “dog.” See More
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Peter Luger
15/20
New York City's quintessential steakhouse never disappoints. See More
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Sardi's
13/20
This Theater District classic is filled with character (and caricatures) as well as great Continental fare. See More

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Smith & Wollensky
13/20
The first in a long line of classic (and manly) steakhouses. See More

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'21' Club
15/20
'21' never gets old; a must-stop experience when in New York. See More

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