8 Old School Restaurants You Should Cross Off Your NYC Bucket List ASAP

8 Old School Restaurants You Should Cross Off Your NYC Bucket List ASAP

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While many of these are as pricey as the tuxes on their tuxedoed servers, some of them don’t require your entire monthly paycheck to taste. However, if you inherit tons of money from a long lost relative you had no idea even existed, give these a try.

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    Who would have thought that this classic steakhouse would have originally opened as a billiards and bowling alley with a café? Not us. That’s exactly what Peter Luger created in 1887. 
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    Unlike most restaurants and bars of its day, this bar and restaurant opened (and survived) during the Great Depression. This humble little spot at the Elysee Hotel was a hotspot for somewhat crude and suggestive jokes and songs. 
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    This little spot opened in 1913. You know, pre-WWI, pre-prohibition, pre-depression…no big deal, right? Grand Central Terminal (otherwise known as an engineering masterpiece in its day) opened its doors at the same time as the Grand Central Oyster Bar. 
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    Givenchy described it as a “Precious Jewel Box” in the city of New York. If you’re lucky enough to be at any important parties in the fashion, art, or museum industries, we’re sure you’ll see MR CHOW’s name. 
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    In the mood for some pretty dope French cuisine that was started by a pair of Alsatian brothers (that’s an area in France that makes some pretty sick wines)? This is truly a rags to riches story for the history books. 
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    While it has a pretty colorful history, Smith & Wollensky chooses to display its history on the walls of its original location on 3rd Avenue. The walls are adorned with cheeky photos, paintings of zaftig women, awards, letters, and name plates.
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    If you’ve ever walked by a seemingly innocent “BAR” sign, where the loops of the “B” is painted over to display “EAR,” you might want to head through their green doors. 
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    This little old bar has been operating since 1892. Seriously, this place has been around for more than a century. If you want to go to a bar with a cemented place in NYC history, Old Town is it. It still has most of its original decor.
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