New York City is known for its diverse food scene — one that not only offers variety, but also ingenuity. Unsurprisingly, there’s a vast array of mouth-watering dishes to discover, but one thing is for certain when it comes to dining out: the location, whether you choose to eat at a food court or a teeny tiny eatery, plays a huge role in your overall experience. Luckily, there are plenty of restaurants in New York City that offer great food inside equally great atmospheres. This is particularly true of the following 15 eateries housed inside landmarked buildings across the city. By embracing their storied history, they are able to cultivate truly unique culinary experiences suited to New Yorkers and visitors from all walks of life. Of course, this is just a sampling of the many places worth visting:
When it opened in 1837, Delmonico’s was the first fine dining restaurant in the country, located on a triangular plot of land at the intersection of Beaver, William and South William Streets. Close to two centuries later, this original and most famous location retains its landmark reputation, offering a selection of the world’s finest wines and the famous house special, the Delmonico Steak.
The orange, iron-spot brick brownstone, erected in 1890-91 and designed by architect James Brown Lord, was landmarked in 1996. It’s noted for its facade, which features Renaissance motifs, giant arcades and a rounded corner with two tiers of giant columns. We also have the restaurant to thank for a variety of popular dishes as Delmonico’s Chef de Cuisine, Charles Ranhofer, is credited (though arguably) for inventing Eggs Benedict, the Baked Alaska, Lobster Newburg and Chicken A la Keene, which all remain on the menu today.