Fanelli’s Cafe

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85 Very Good

Serving up cheap drinks and pub grub since long before Soho became Soho.

94 Prince St., New York, NY, 10012


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The lowdown

There are a number of bars that claim to be among the city’s oldest (Ear InnPete’s Tavern; the true owner of the title is up for debate). Of them, Fanelli’s is probably the least trafficked. Since 1922 — long before the area south of Houston became the city’s biggest outdoor mall — this one-time speakeasy has been serving up cheap drinks and pub grub. It’s a neighborhood bar for the Soho of the ’80s, and while artists aren’t really the customer base anymore, the place still presents a Real New York Experience to the tourists and local employees who come in for a beer or burger. It’s old-timey, then, in the sense that it’s survived and not given in to commercialization in a Soho that’s now all high-end shops.

What you need to know

DrinksFull Bar

Noise LevelBring earplugs!