Guide

Old School Dining

by Dorsia

posted on October 30, 2017

Photo Courtesy: Delmonico's

Fine dining might be trending toward tiny beautiful bites of mind-blowing flavor served by hipsters with tattoos, but steaks and white tablecloths will never totally go out of style. Something about a fleet of besuited waiters who make sure to bring you a brand new napkin if yours happens to fall on the floor is classic enough that it just might be cool again. Maybe it was always cool. Regardless, the next time you decide to go big Mad Men-style, remember to reference this list.

Peter Luger Steak House

Many steakhouses boast more elegant decor and tastier sides, but few can rival Peter Luger's when it comes to the steak itself. Dry-aged and perfectly-cooked, it's the stuff of dreams. Do note: despite the hefty price tag, it's cash only.

Checkout: Steak for two, sizzling bacon, burger (lunch only), hot fudge sundae.

Gramercy Tavern

Whether you try the tasting menu or go a la carte in the tavern, you'll be plenty impressed. Gramercy Tavern has been serving exciting, formal, farmer's market food for 20 years, and they have a stack of James Beard Awards to show for it.

Checkout: Off-menu burger, tasting menu, cheese list

Il Buco

This iconic converted antique shop has been open since 1994 but still might be the most romantic spot for a special date in all of Manhattan. Come with someone you love, sit in the wine cellar, and make sure to order some homemade pasta to share.

Checkout: Cavolonero, risotto, torchio, fish

Per Se

Chef Thomas Keller's iconic Per Se is reserved for extraordinary moments. Not just because it's a splurge but because of the all around magnificence - from food to service and setting - Per Se exalts any occasion. And that is priceless.

Checkout: 9-course chef's or veggie tasting in the main dining room or 5-course chef's tasting in the salon for walk-ins only

Aquavit

Nearly 30 years after opening, Aquavit remains the best place in NYC to experience fresh takes on classic Nordic cuisine in an elegant dining room. The set tastings focus on meat and fish with expertly prepared vegetables providing contrast.

Checkout: House infused aquavit, bread basket, set tasting menus

Keens Steakhouse

This famed steakhouse serves locals and tourists alike, thanks to its classic giant steaks and the "Legendary Mutton Chop." Filled with history, the wood-paneled space radiates old-school charm with white table linens and excellent service.

Checkout: Our Legendary Mutton Chop, Prime Porterhouse for Two, Keens’s Red Berry Bibble

Gotham Bar and Grill

Gotham Bar and Grill, open since 1984, has managed to do what so few veteran restaurants have: maintain excellence and its point of view while subtly evolving with the times. Shockingly expensive, it is nonetheless worth a visit.

Checkout: Tuna tartare, seafood salad, steak, burger (lunch only), Gotham chocolate cake

Craft

Craft proves that simple cooking with seasonal produce can be extraordinary. The menu allows for mixing and matching main proteins with farm-fresh sides. Set in an understated and elegant room, Craft provides a relaxed and refined dining experience.

Checkout: Roasted and braised Berkshire pork, roasted hen of the woods mushrooms, seasonal specials

Daniel

If you have a big appetite and an even bigger wallet, treat yourself to decadent tasting menus (vegetarian too!) crafted by famed Chef Boulud. An expansive space sets the scene for a special night - just make sure to save room for dessert.

Checkout: Maine lobster tail, wagyu striploin, crème brûlée

Delmonico's

This culinary institution still serves up its famous steaks and famous creations like Eggs Benedict and Baked Alaska. Open for over 175 years, the opulent, "America's First Restaurant" is perfect for a classic business lunch or a chic evening out. "

Checkout: Delmonico's Steak, Lobster Newburg, Classic Baked Alaska

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