Frank Sinatra's nightlife in New York was a legendary one: the nights at Jilly's and Toots Shor's, the shows at the Garden, the famous brawls and imbroglios. But there was another side to The Chairman of the Board, a hungry one. Here are Frank Sinatra's favorite restaurants.
A Sinatra shrine in an obscure corner of Hoboken, this tiny restaurant is only a few blocks from where the man himself was born; and word is he came in from time to time.
Patsy's is best known for being Frank Sinatra's favorite restaurant, and it's not hard to see why he liked it: if you are into old-school Italian American fare, especially the heavy entrees like veal parmigiano, this is the place for you.
Reviewing 21 is like reviewing Mount Rushmore; it doesn't matter what you say, because it's a national monument. The last and greatest of the great speakeasies of the 1920s, it morphed into one of the supreme power scenes of midcentury New York and still has much of its old power. The food is much better than you might expect, and if you want a definitive martini, this is the place to have it.
One of the oldest and most venerable of all New York pizzerias, Patsy's has a character all its own, mostly deriving from its remote East Harlem location and its ancient coal-burning oven. The pies are good but the slices are better, thin and crusty, and with the greasy orange cheese / sauce mixture that defines New York pizza.
This bar was beloved for its quintessential New York bar burger (which was often confused with J.G. Melons). It's a chain now but the original still has some of its old power.
The olympus of show business is still not public, but you can visit as a guest or even apply for membership. Hope, Berle, Benny -- they all ate here and you can too, if you play your cards right.
You may know this iconic pizza as Grimaldi's -- which was itself the result of a lawsuit connected with the Patsy's franchise. Anyway, Patsy Grimaldi created it and it's still great, though not great enough to wait in line for.