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The Classics

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BAR FOR GROWN-UPS
Keens Steakhouse
72 W. 36th St., nr. Sixth Ave.; 212-947-3636
Extraordinary selection of scotch, great house ale, old-school bartenders, a portrait of Miss Keens overlooking the bar, and free boiled eggs. Plus: mutton chops.

OLD-SCHOOL LOBBY
The Chrysler Building
405 Lexington Ave., at 42nd St.
This marble-granite-and-chrome lobby, with stunning lights and a thirties ceiling mural, is just as Art Deco–fabulous as the building’s exterior.

ROCK CLUB
Music Hall of Williamsburg
66 N. 6th St., nr. Wythe Ave., Williamsburg 718-486-5400
The rare new venue that’s small enough to feel intimate yet large enough to draw legitimate bands. Plus the sound and sightlines are unequaled.

HAMBURGER
Resto
111 E. 29th St., nr. Park Ave. S.; 212-685-5585
A brilliant mix of high (house-ground patty made from hanger steak, beef cheek, and pork fatback) and low (a squishy supermarket-style bun), with plenty of fat to keep things juicy.

WOMEN’S BOUTIQUE
Bird
220 Smith St., at Butler St., Cobble Hill 718-797-3774
Perfect jeans, hard-to-find labels, vintage-looking dressing rooms, and a sweet, helpful staff.

DELI
2nd Avenue Deli
162 E. 33rd St., nr. Third Ave.; 212-677-0606
Its loving reincarnation, and the knowledge that New York’s legendary chopped liver and chicken in the pot are but a cab ride or phone call away, makes us all sleep a little better at night.

TWENTY-FOUR-HOUR COFFEE SHOP
Veselka
144 Second Ave., at 9th St.; 212-228-9682 The ever-flowing coffee, the abundant pierogi, and the murmuring of innumerable drunks all contribute to the feeling that this 54-year-old night owl opened yesterday.

BAGEL AND LOX
Russ & Daughters
179 E. Houston St., nr. Orchard St. 212-475-4880
The bagel: hand-rolled and boiled. The cream cheese: all-natural and double-whipped. The salmon: speaks for itself.


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