The 8 Oldest Restaurants in New York City

Fraunces Tavern is situated on the intersection of Pearl Street and Broad Street in downtown Manhattan. Known for its historical significance, this location served as George Washington's  

Fraunces Tavern, 1762 

P.J. Clarke's, 1884 

For almost 150 years, P.J. Clarke's has been providing delectable burgers in a welcoming atmosphere. A favorite of Hollywood luminaries, Buddy Holly famously proposed to his wife here after only five hours of knowing her

Before attending a performance, publishers, playwrights, and producers got together and socialized at the famed Keens Steakhouse more than 150 years ago.   

Keens Steakhouse, 1885 

Since the late 1800s, Peter Luger—which is just a short distance from the East River—has been the popular place to eat lunch and dinner. The Luger family originally operated the restaurant as a cafe and bowling alley.   

Peter Luger Steakhouse, 1887 

Known for its iconic "I'll have what she's having!" sequence from the movie When Harry Met Sally, Katz's has been a mainstay of New York City culture since the 1880s.   

Katz’s Delicatessen, 1888 

Rao’s has been at its East Harlem location since 1896 and has a menu filled with Southern Italian classics. Known as one of the most exclusive restaurants in the city, this small 10-table red sauce joint is near impossible to get a reservation at 

Rao's, 1896 

Filled with crystal chandeliers and 18th century antiques, Barbetta has been impressing patrons since the early 1900s. The restaurant, which stretches over four townhouses, was started by Sebastiano Maioglio and is known as one of the oldest restaurants on the city’s historic Restaurant Row. 

Barbetta, 1906 

Grand Central Oyster Bar and Restaurant, 1913 

Grand Central is a great place to have dinner in addition to catching trains. The Grand Central Oyster Bar has been dishing up delectable pan-roasts, soups, and raw bar oysters since 1913. Known as an integral part of New York City restaurant  

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