Sun-Mon, 11:45am-10pm; Tue-Thu, 11:45am-11pm; Fri, 11:45am-midnight; Sat, 5pm-midnight
2, 3, 4, 5, A, C, J, Z at Fulton St.
American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Temporarily closed due to Hurricane Sandy.
Practically redefining the term "mainstay," this restaurant and bar near South Street Seaport is one of the oldest establishments in the city. Opened in 1794, the worn-in tavern has seen more trends come and go than Anna Wintour and Diana Vreeland combined—and yet, without much in the way of overhauls, it has managed to thrive. Sure, they've added a few extras like electric lights and indoor plumbing, and they started taking plastic a few years back, but the heart of this historic venue is still intact. No doubt the granddaddy of all things old-school will still be standing long after places with flavored martinis, unisex bathrooms and theme nights are gone.
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.