15 Vintage NYC Restaurants, Bars and Cafes

Eddie’s Sweet Shop in Forest Hills

The restaurants that our grandparents told us about are getting replaced weekly. The last automats in New York have long since closed down. And naturally, many New Yorkers are worrying for their city. Our suggestion? Go dine at some of the oldest and greatest places in the city before they’re replaced. Or go with faith that they won’t be replaced; after all, they’ve withstood the test of time so far. With the help of Mitch Broder’s new book, Discovering Vintage New York, we’ve compiled some of our favorite vintage discoveries.

1. P.J. Clarke’s (built 1868, est. 1912)


Buddy Holly proposed to his wife Maria Elena at P. J. Clarke’s. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons by Jazz Guy

The bar that has shaped what people think of bars. Buddy Holly proposed here, Frank Sinatra had Table 20 on reserve, and Johnny Mercer, JFK, Jackie O, Ted Kennedy, and Dick Clark all became a part of the iconic bar’s history. Nat King Cole once called their bacon cheeseburger “the Cadillac of burgers.” Order the Cadillac.

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7 Responses
  1. Fantastic list!! I ate at Sardis years agoat midnight, the latest Ivs ever eaten dinner at a restaurant. Going to share this list with my son who lives in Brooklyn so he can go to them all!! #NYCGems

  2. Judith Berdy Reply

    La Guli Pastry Shop
    29-15 Ditmars Blvd
    Astoria, NY 11105
    Neighborhood: Astoria

    (718) 728-5612
    laguli.com
    This is a wonderful old fashioned pastry shop with all the original decor and great pastries

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