5 Places in NYC That Transport You to Another Time
When we’re not getting distracted by modern comforts like Uber, Hulu and the Whole Foods salad bar, we like to get in touch with the New York City of the past. And the best way to do that is by paying a visit to a spot that hasn’t changed since the Eisenhower administration. Here are five of our favorites.
Sure, $23 is pretty steep for a cocktail, but it’s worth every penny when you get to soak up the ritzy, old-world atmosphere (complete with Ludwig Bemelmans’s landmark mural) at this Upper East Side institution.
35 E. 76th St.; 212-744-1600 or rosewoodhotels.com
This century-old temple of red sauce somehow has managed to remain more or less unchanged even as Williamsburg has transformed around it. Let’s hope the mind-blowing lasagna sticks around for at least another 100 years.
32 Withers St., Brooklyn; 718-384-8831
Eddie’s Sweet Shop
Sometimes we want a fancy lavender-honey-charcoal scoop on an artisanal pretzel cone. And sometimes we want a classic banana split covered in whipped cream and rainbow sprinkles. On those days, we head to this 100-year-old Forest Hills creamery.
105-29 Metropolitan Ave., Queens; 718-520-8514
Grand Central Oyster Bar
Oysters, prosecco and a gorgeously restored 104-year-old dining room in the heart of Grand Central Station—what more could anyone want?
89 E. 42nd St.; 212-490-6650 or oysterbarny.com
Merchant’s House Museum
We may live in an era of buzzers and AC units, but we still can’t help but feel a twinge of jealousy when stepping into this mid-19th century residence, with its gorgeous Greek revival interior and luxe furnishings. (They had to make do without Wi-Fi, though.)
29 E. Fourth St.; 212-777-1089 or merchantshouse.org