Vintage NYC Restaurants, Bars and Cafes

Vintage NYC Restaurants, Bars and Cafes

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Go dine at some of the oldest and greatest places in the city before they’re replaced. Or go with faith that they won’t be replaced; after all, they’ve withstood the test of time so far.

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    Get excited about the last major family-owned matzo baker in the country. You can peer through the bars on the windows for a glimpse of the action, & there's a pretty good chance that someone will reach through to hand you freshly baked matzoh.
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    Standing inconspicuously at 15 E. 7th Street, McSorley’s Old Ale House offers two drinks: McSorley’s Dark Ale and McSorley’s Light Ale.
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    The artist Alex Gard actually painted those caricatures in exchange for a meal a day at the restaurant. It also serves as a film location for Mad Men in season 5, where Bobbi Barrett and Don Draper meet.
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    The King Cole Bar, located in the elegant St. Regis Hotel, is famous for its namesake mural and for being the birthplace of the Bloody Mary cocktail.
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    In exchange for one and a half years of room and board for himself and his family, Ludwig Bemelmans painted the walls at the Hotel Carlyle Bar in 1947. As a result, the bar was renamed Bemelmans Bar.
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    Beloved Greenpoint stronghold, Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop, still serves old fashioned donuts at a vintage style lunch counter. Servers wear ’50s era green and pink uniforms too.
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    Famous for its pastrami and hot dogs, Katz’s also has an interior is also worth a look for a New York City frozen in time.
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    Every night, Marie’s Crisis Cafe is filled with jovial Broadway enthusiasts who sing into the night for ten hours.
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    A hand-painted sign from the original owner advertises pastries that are no longer sold, and there’s no WiFi.
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    The walls of this basement restaurant are covered with photos of patrons, put there by patrons; add your own while you wait for your “Chinese” dish to come out.
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    Most remnants of this time remain, and what’s been added only lends the tavern all the class and ambiance you’d want to accompany your $26 burger.
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    If the assortment of dark Renaissance-era oil paintings, statues, and stained-glass windows aren’t enough of an indication that this tiny coffee shop is a classic, just ask consult local historians.
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