As a thriving commercial and retail center, New York City is home to a colorful array of restaurants. Every day, new establishments seem to materialize overnight, melding into the city’s already diverse urban fabric. Many come and go, but few stand the test of time. This list of historic eateries in New York City is based on Laura Brienza’s book New York’s Historic Restaurants, Inns & Taverns, released just this fall. While the majority of the older establishments can be found in Manhattan, we made sure to mention some places we haven’t covered before, and ensure that the five boroughs were covered. (We’ve already written about Fraunces Tavern and McSorley’s Old Ale House more times than we can count.)
10. Yankee Tavern (1923)
Located across the street from Yankee Stadium, this eponymous tavern opened its doors in 1923, the same year the Yankees won its first World Championship. Since then, it has remained a popular gathering place for sports enthusiasts of all ages. As the “original sports bar” – or so it likes to refer to itself as – the tavern is decorated with historic items that reflect its relationship to baseball: photos of Yankee Stadium, an autographed picture of Joe DiMaggio and a bat signed by Yogi Berra are just some of the things you might come across as you chow down on pub grub like beer and wings. It’s also worth noting that Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig are just a few players who have frequented the tavern over the years.