5th Annual "Where-To" Guide to NYC

photo by Tavern on the Green

Where to Eat:

C. Classic NY

New York establishments either get better with age, or they close. These are worth the wait and your while.

B Bar 40 E 4th St (btwn Bowery & Lafayette Sts), bbarandgrill.com, 212-475-2220. Cruise the beautiful (often LGBT) people from your seat on the flower-draped patio as your cradle the house specialty—an exotic, flavored martini.

Zabar’s 245 W 80th St (btwn Broadway & West End Ave), zabars.com. Zabar’s marks the spot for chaotic crates of deliciously obscure groceries and a café-style snack to munch during your walk home.

Tavern on the Green Central Park (@ W 67th St), tavernonthegreen.com. Ladies who lunch do it here, fancy-pants-style, with lobster bisque and 45 crystal chandeliers.

Peter Luger Steak House 178 Broadway (@ Driggs Ave), Bklyn, peterluger.com. Ain’t nothing wrong with being a hunk o’ meat, as long as you’re a top-notch, no-frills porterhouse at Luger.

River Café 1 Water St (@ Old Fulton St), Bklyn, rivercafe.com. Watch the waterfront over caviar in a picture-perfect romantic setting, with nearly fail-proof, carefully constructed seafood and service.

Il Mulino 86 W 3rd St (btwn Sullivan & Thompson Sts), ilmulino.com. This veteran authentic Italian restaurant will fill you with excellent antipasti, as well as suitably up-to-par entrees, while it empties your already-strapped wallet.

Sylvia’s 328 Lenox Ave (btwn 126th & 127th Sts), sylviasrestaurant.com. Go north for southern delicacies, gospel brunch, and a good, mama’s-kitchen atmosphere, despite the tourists.

Veselka 144 2nd Ave (@ 9th St), veselka.com. Happy, noisy, and hopping with East Villagers scarfing pierogies, it’s NY’s best (if only) 24- hour Ukranian spot.

Chelsea Market 75 9th Ave (btwn 15th & 16th Sts), chelseamarket.com. This posh everything-but-the-kitchen-sink style shopping/dining institution offers both industrial-chic form and wholesale-retail function.

Grand Central Oyster Bar 89 E 42nd St (@ Park Ave), oysterbarny.com. Sidle into the saloon for some high-quality raw-bar fun in Grand Central Station in this gold-tinted oldie.

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