9. The Oyster Bar & Restaurant | Grand Central Terminal
All the restaurants inside Grand Central Terminal — designated a National Historic Landmark in 1976 and a New York City Landmark in 1967 — technically qualify for this list, but The Oyster Bar & Restaurant deserves special mention. Located on the lower level of New York’s iconic transit hub, the eatery has been dishing out the freshest oysters and seafood dishes since 1913.
Over a hundred years later, The Oyster Bar & Restaurant remains a New York institution and is regarded not only for its food but for its vaulted, Guastavino-tiled ceiling and timeless architecture. Additionally, the archway in front of the restaurant is the most well-known whispering gallery in New York City. Nobody knows whether this whispering gallery was built this way intentionally, but it has provided endless amusement for residents and tourists alike.
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