LIFESTYLE | The Best Classic New York City Restaurants

New York, USA –  you could easily go broke trying to visit every restaurant in Ney York City’s five boroughs. But while there will always be plenty of people chasing the next hot thing there are certain restaurants that have outlasted the rest.

These spots are known for their style, their service and especially their food, and have survived against cutthroat competition.

Some have even been pioneers behind new cuisines, introducing the city to exciting flavors and innovative ingredients.

21 CLUB

The first thing you’ll notice is a small townhouse amid the Midtown skyscrapers. Iron jockeys lining the exterior balcony welcome patrons and give this former speakeasy singular curb appeal.

Inside the bar room, the toys and memorabilia – rumored to be gifts from A-list guests of years past – continue with a jaw-dropping collection of miniature planes, trains, cars and miscellaneous knickknacks  hanging from the ceiling. The impressive wine list alone shows that the bar room means business. its dress code and strict cancellation policy add to it.

This is a great choice if you’re planning on visiting nearby Rockerfeller Center

21 Club, 21W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019.

BAMONETE’S

In pop culture, New York City is synonymous with white-tablecloth, red-sauce Italian restaurants with dark wood and family-style service. But they aren’t a relic of the past.

You can still experience an Italian restaurant straight out of a film at Baronte’s a classic that has somehow weathered the sweeping generation of Williamsburg, Brooklyn by staying one hundred percent true to itself.

The waiters are always impeccable, the Yankees game is always on during the season, and the spaghetti and meatballs are always made fresh. The address may be in Brooklyn, but the dining room is in another world.

Bamote’s, 32 Withers St, Brooklyn, NY 11211.

BARNEY GREENGRASS

Practically every New York City neighborhood has a respectable bagel joint. New Yorkers, in case you didn’t know, love their bagles and everything that goes with them.

Barney Greengrass on Manhattan’s Upper West Side has been in existence since 1908, and its bagels and smoked fix accoutrements are some of the city’s finest.

The sheer variety is impressive –it’s not just lox or whitefish but rather a wealth of options including sturgeon, pastrami salmon, sable, Nova Scotia salmon, kippered (baked) salmon, and the list goes on.

Barbey Greengrass, 541 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024.

BELMONICO’S

Delmonico’s has existed in some from since the 1820s. widely hailed as the first dining restaurant in the United Stated, the place has racked up plenty of firsts – the first standalone wine list menu in the United States , the inventions of Lobster Newburg and the wedge salad, and the first known use of the name ‘Baked Alaska”, among others.

The restaurant, originally founded by two brothers from Switzerland, has had several changes of address and of ownership over the centuries.

These days, some things at Delmonico’s are still classic – the steak, the dark wood dining room, the peacock-feather-esque wallpaper – while others have kept up with the current, such as special Restaurant Week menus, online reservation booking and people calling the neighborhood “FiDi”.

Delmonico’s 56 Beaver St, New York, NY 10004.

DI FARA

The cash-only spot in Brooklyn welcomes customer visiting from all over the world on a daily basis. Neighborhood residents might saunter by, and, if the line – which often winds out the door and down the street – isn’t too long, join for a slice of the pizzeria’s Margherita.

At more than $5 a slice and sometimes waits of upwards an hour for that slice, Dominique DeMarco’s no-frills pizza joint is doing something right.

And that something includes using only the freshest ingredients, according to DeMarco’s daughter Margaret Miales, who says her family goes “the extra mile” to source the ingredients.

Thanks to DeMarco’s handiwork – he’s 81 and often still behind the counter tossing around dough and painting it with sauce, fresh mozzarella and other classic pizza ingredients – it’s the stud of delicious legends.

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