12 Old New York Spots That Are Still Amazing Today

Photo: Courtesy of Grand Central Oyster Bar.
New York can feel like an endless sea of options for drinking and dining, with new places opening every single day. Yet, there are so many classic city institutions that get overlooked in favor of the trendy restaurant or bar that is bound to be old news by next week.

Considering the city's rich history of high-society jet-setters and literary and film legends, it's time we turn the trend-spotting tables, highlighting the most classic New York City spots that haven't gone — and will never go — out of style. From the famed 21 Club that moonlighted as a speakeasy during the Prohibition to the Beat poets’ most inspiring — and most frequented — watering hole, we dug up 12 old-school haunts that are as worth visiting today as they were nearly 100 years ago.