The Back Room

The Back Room 102 Norfolk St In the 1920s it was the headquarters of Murder, Inc., deadly Italian-Jewish Mafia headed by Meyer Lansky and Lucky Luciano. The Back Room is not your average speakeasy-themed bar – it functioned as an actual speakeasy that secretly operated at the back of Ratner’s kosher restaurant. Ratner’s, a vegetarian…

Pete’s Tavern

Pete’s Tavern 129 E 18th St One of the oldest drinking establishments in the city, it’s the birthplace of O. Henry’s famous “The Gift of the Magi” story. Yes, William Sydney Porter, better known to the world by his pen name “O. Henry,” lived nearby at 55 Irving Place. Yes, like so many writers, he…

Delmonico’s

DELMONICO’S 56 Beaver St Delmonico’s, the first fine-dining establishment in the United States, is the birthplace of Eggs Benedict and Baked Alaska. Delmonico’s is an American dining landmark. The restaurant was founded in 1827 by the Delmonico brothers, who came from Switzerland and changed the way America eats. Before Delmonico’s, America did not feed its…

Chumley’s

Chumley’s 86 Bedford St Once a celebrated literary speakeasy, whose patrons defined 20th-century American literature, it is now an upscale restaurant. All one has to do is to find the entrance. Don’t be surprised if you don’t see a Chumley’s door sign. There never was one… A flaming radical, Lee Chumley came to New York…

White Horse Tavern

Made famous by its literary regulars the White Horse Tavern is one of oldest drinking establishments in New York. The White Horse Tavern is best known for its 1950s and 1960s Bohemian culture, as it was the favorite spot amongst local writers and artists at that time. It started humbly in 1880 as a longshoremen’s…

Tavern on the Green

Tavern on the Green Central Park West & 67th Street The iconic New York restaurant set in the Central Park, wrapped in history and twinkling lights. Tavern on the Green has been a New York City landmark since 1934. Its remarkable setting within Central Park, large patio wrapped in twinkling lights, and easy elegance provide…

Fraunces Tavern

Fraunces Tavern 54 Pearl St at Broad St Find yourself in colonial New York, dine and drink where America’s Founding Fathers did. If you like whiskey, you are certainly in the right place! How many places in the world offer dinner and beverages at the exact location where the Founding Fathers once dined and conducted…

Flûte Midtown

Flûte Midtown 205 W 54th St Step down into the classy champagne lounge and imagine yourself in the notorious speakeasy that it once was – Club Intime. “Hello, Suckers!” – this is the way you would have been greeted if you entered the club in its heyday in the 1920s. The greeting would have been…

Caffe Reggio

Caffe Reggio 119 MacDougal St Caffe Reggio, the place that introduced America to cappuccino, has been serving it since 1927. Caffe Reggio’s original owner, Domenico Parisi, was a barber who liked serving 10-cent cups of coffee to his customers while they were waiting for a haircut. As it turned out, the coffee business proved more…

Della Robbia Bar

Della Robbia Bar 4 Park Ave at East 33rd St This place features a truly striking vaulted ceiling. Not in the mood for a steak? Stop by anyway and feast your eyes! The Della Robbia Bar is a surviving part of the Della Robbia Grill which, in the 1920s, was considered one of the best…