Foodies of the world are drawn to iconic and famous New York City restaurants.
Here are our top four famous New York City restaurants:
1. 21 Club
This restaurant dates back to its days as a speakeasy during the Prohibition era. Regulars call it “the numbers”.
Some patrons of note include Humphrey Bogart and Marilyn Monroe, and every president since Eisenhower has dined here.
The main dining room is filled with a huge collection of miniature planes, trains, cars and knickknacks hanging from the ceiling, which are rumoured to be donated from some famous patrons. Even John McEnroe’s tennis racket is part of the collection, as well as graphic art work.
There is a dress code and a strict cancellation policy, but there is no reason to be intimidated, because 21 Club is a welcoming place. It is near the Rockefeller Center, and you’ll recognize it by the jockey statues.
2. Katz’s Delicatessen
Katz’s Delicatessen was founded in 1888, so you get a serving of history!
It attracts tourists from all over the world, but the biggest endorsement is the number of locals that can be found here, too.
Katz’s does not change up their décor and offers up nostalgia as well as the best pastrami and corned beef, still sliced by hand. There is a neon sign from back in World War II that reads, “Send a salami to your boy in the army”.
This is another New York City restaurant that has appeared in many movies. Probably the most famous scene filmed here was from When Harry Met Sally, when Meg Ryan fakes an orgasm and another patron says to her waiter, “I’ll have what she’s having”.
Katz’s serves up enormous sandwiches and is cash only.
3. Grand Central Oyster Bar
The Grand Central Oyster Bar is inside Grand Central Terminal, but it’s not your usual train station fare. Here you will find high quality seafood, purchased fresh every morning.
Opened in 1913, it reflects a time when even train stations were made in style. It has a beautiful ceiling that is arch-tiled, with a curving counter.
They don’t do things in a New York minute here. They will take the time to walk you through your order if you need to.
The clientele ranges from people getting a quick meal before they catch a train to business people, to people celebrating a special occasion to tourists.
4. The Russian Tea Room
This iconic New York City restaurant was founded in 1927 by members of the Russian Imperial Ballet.
The Tea Room does indeed have an afternoon tea service, featuring blinis with caviar.
It is located next to Carnegie Hall, in a townhouse. This townhouse has lavish décor, including original tin chandeliers hanging from a golden ceiling, and lush red banquettes.
Some touches that add to the experience are antique samovars and original Russian paintings. Dining here is an indulgence that you should treat yourself to.
All these restaurants serve up history and glamour!