Classic NYC: Everything old is new again

As indicated by its name, "New" York is definitely not "Old" York. This constantly shifting city is often focused on the here and now, the spots that have opened the most recently and are getting the loudest buzz. But there are plenty of NYC hotspots that date not from the 21st century but from the early 20th or even the 19th century – and are still going strong. Here's a look at a select group of places to eat, drink and shop that have lasted for around 100 years, give or take a decade or two.

Classic food: A century of good eats

From fine dining to casual delis, New Yorkers have been eating well for several generations. We start with more formal options below before looking at some everyday mealtime choices.

Oak Room and Oak Bar at the PlazaThe Edwardian-style Plaza Hotel, built in 1907 at the intersection of Central Park South and the shopping mecca of Fifth Avenue, is one of New York City's most recognizable landmarks. The soaring cathedral ceilings and abundant wood in the Plaza's elegant Oak Room (768 Fifth Ave.; 212-758-7777;, which just reopened to the public after an extensive renovation, also lend the restaurant a landmark-in-the-making feel, but one that's not at all stuffy. Atlanta star chef Joel Antunes serves up eclectic French-influenced food with a slant toward fish and meat dishes, and though the prices are aggressively modern (appetizers range from $18 for a beetroot gazpacho with horseradish ravioli to $38 for Jerusalem artichoke lasagna with fresh truffle, and entries from $32 for roasted winter vegetables to $74 for a charred grilled ribeye), the service is old-fashioned friendly. After dinner, join the lively crowd for a classic cocktail at the neighboring Oak Bar (, where you can step back in time with drinks such as Carrols Cocktail, a tasty pre-Prohibition-style concoction of calvados, Benedictine liqueur, sweet vermouth and aromatics ($18).

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