The Real OG’s of NYC: Check Out the 21 Oldest Restaurants Still Alive & Well in NYC

They say that there are so many restaurants in New York City that you could eat at a different one for every meal for the rest of your life and still never try all of them.

This is due not only to the general size of the city and saturation of restaurants, but also because of the of the extremely high rate of restaurant turnover.

New businesses are opening and closing everyday, making it hard to keep track of the many trendy spots that everyone keeps telling you you absolutely HAVE to try.

But luckily, there exists a handful of restaurants that have withstood the test of time in NYC, and for good reason. These places are loaded with history, stories, and some of the most delicious grub in the city.

These 21 classic NYC restaurants are the oldest still around and will surely remain for decades more to come.


1. Fraunces Tavern – Est. 1762-1767 (54 Pearl Street)

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2. Bridge Cafe – Est. 1794 (279 Water Street)

oilpaintsmith Built in 1794 Another version of the #bridgecafe I sat under the Brooklyn Bridge to paint this one...lower Manhattan 2005


3. Delmonico’s – Est. 1837 (56 Beaver Street)

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4. Pete’s Tavern – Est. 1864 (129 East 18th Street)

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5. The Old Homestead Steakhouse – Est. 1868 (56 9th Avenue)

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6. P.J. Clarke’s – Est.1884 (915 Third Avenue)

susanmcgrawmodel Still standing #pjclarkes #childhoodmemories #iconicfocus #newyork


7. Keens Steakhouse – Est.1885 (72 West 36th Street)

davidswanson23 Swathed in tweed, flannel, and corduroy. Ready to feast #muttonfiend


8. Peter Luger Steakhouse – Est.1887 (178 Broadway – Brooklyn)

indianabode6 Day 149 - Dinner tonight at Peter Luger's in Br👀klyn, NY. Top 5 meal of all time. Love you Mom! #Alan365 #peterlugersteakhouse


9. Katz’s Delicatessen – Est. 1888 (205 East Houston Street)

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10. Yonah Schimmel Knishery – Est. 1890 (137 East Houston Street)

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11. Lombardi’s – Est.1897 (32 Spring Street)

isabeldegerman Lite coolt att ha ätit på New Yorks första pizzeria Lombadi's #littleitaly


12. Bamonte’s – Est. 1900 (32 Withers Street, Williamsburg)

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13. Ferdinando’s Focacceria – Est. 1904 (151 Union Street – Brooklyn)

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14. Barbetta – Est. 1906 (321 West 46th Street)

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15. Gargiulo’s Restaurant – 1907 (2911 West 15th Street)

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16. John’s of 12th Street – Est.1908 (302 East 12th Street)

seancmoser John's in East Village #nycstreet#eastvillage#johnsof12thstreet#italianfood


17. Eddie’s Sweet Shop – Est. 1909 (105-29 Metropolitan Avenue)

humulus8consumer #eddiessweetshop #queens #classic #icecream #sundae #blackandwhiteshake Eddie's Sweetshop @zenarchy_ 🍨🍦🎉🎈


18. Grand Central Oyster Bar –  Est.1913 (89 East 42nd Street)

rshotel #RSrecommends: The Grand Central Oyster Bar. A permanent resident of @grandcentralnyc from the time it opened in 1913, Grand Central Oyster Bar is one of our favorite places to slurp some Kumamoto oysters & take-in the NYC bustle. All washed down with a classic Manhattan, of course. Photo by @jonaslundgrenfood #grandcentraloysterbar #oysters


19. Russ & Daughters – Est. 1914 (179 East Houston Street)

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20. Nathan’s Famous – Est. 1916 (Surf and Stillwell Avenues, Coney Island)

notthetennisplayer_ Happy Sunday from #ConeyIsland! Alas, I'm not there but just sorting through final #NYC photos reminiscing. #canoneos100d #50mm #brooklyn #nathansfamoushotdogs #nathansfamous #wonderwheel #seagull


21. Nom Wah Tea Parlor – Est. 1920 (11-13 Doyers Street)

teadrunk We had Dim Sum for breakfast yesterday, and it was sooooo good!!! @nomwahteaparlor is the real deal, and their new renovations look amazing. Sorry we missed you @barbleung! #tea #dimsum #nomwahteaparlor #chinatown

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