5 places where time stands still in New York

1) Katz's Delicatessen

New York without Katz’s would not be New York. Stick to the classics: the overstuffed corned beef or pastrami sandwiches on rye. While you’re there, check out the original World War II sign: ‘Send a salami to your boy in the army’ and that iconic table where Harry met Sally.

exterior of Katz's Delicatessen in NYC

205 East Houston Street (at Ludlow Street)

+1 212 254 2246


2) John's of 12th Street

No-frills East Village classic. The place advertises itself as old-school and rightly so. The red sauce that comes with the pasta is the real deal, reminding you either of grandma or of a summer in Italy long ago. Try the chicken Parmigiana. Update: vegan dishes also grace the menu. Cash only.

red neon sign John's of 12th Street

302 East 12th Street (between 1st and 2nd Avenue)

+1 212 475 9531


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3) Zum Stammtisch

This is of course a German restaurant, where main courses are massive, pork Schnitzel, Sauerbraten, and all kinds of Wurst. The Tyrolean-style place was founded in 1972 by German immigrant John Lehner and is now run by his sons Hans und Werner. Zum Stammtisch translates to ‘at the table for regulars’.

German food and beer at Zum Stammtisch

69-46 Myrtle Avenue (at 70th Street)

+1 718 386 3014


4) La Grenouille

Since 1962 this place has attracted the rich and famous with its sense of tradition and flawless French fare. Known for their towering floral arrangements, white tablecloths, and servers in crisp white jackets, this place is a true slice of New York from a certain era. Now offering latenight jazz, attracting a younger crowd.

warm and cozy interior of La Grenouille

3 East 52nd Street (betw 5th and Madison Avenue)

+1 212 752 1495


5) Pietro's

Cozy and curtained and once proclaimed “best steak I ever had” from a famed NYC food critic, Pietro’s has been offering the same menu since 1932. The servers are straight out of 1950s Mad Men era and use good old-fashioned personable charm when describing the specials. Come for the chicken parmigiana or a plate of spaghetti and meatballs.

old-fashioned interior of Pietro's restaurant NYC

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