Feeling patriotic? Want to celebrate our great nation's unique liberties and noble achievements? Here are ten all-American dining destinations for the Yankee Doodle with a big appetite for food and fireworks.
The oldest bar or restaurant in New York, Fraunces Tavern is literally so old that George Washington ate there. The food has changed, but not much, and anyway, it isn't the point. The restaurant is a piece of living history, and to eat roast beef there is to link one's stomach with the founding fathers of the nation. Also, it's excellent roast beef.
Owner Jimmy Bradley is in many ways the consummate New York restaurant guy, and the Red Cat is his consummate restaurant. Set on the far west side, away from all trends and traffic, and with an unpretentious but perfect American menu, this is a restaurant where New Yorkers eat well with other New Yorkers.
Mad, crowded, frenetic, and unquestionably unique, this decayed pier remains, year in and year out, the unquestioned party capital of Manhattan's west side. Plan on meeting people and drinking all day.
This place isn't just old to the point of venerability; it's downright strange. Set in a remote location and catering to a crew of oddballs and misfits, it's one of the few Manhattan bars left that truly has its own personality.
The food isn't the draw here, to say the least, but the view, the mood, and the undeniably romantic atmosphere more than make up for it. It's also dog-friendly.
The most remote but also the nicest of Tom Colicchio's restaurants in New York, this obscure restaurant features a commanding view of the river and some very interesting, and very good, electic farm-to-table food in the Craft style.
Yes, you've had them at the highway rest stop, and these are technically the same, but they bother to warm the buns here, and anyway, don't you want to be a part of history. Plus, there's nothing like eating these hot dogs, breathing the salt air, and then regurgitating them after a ride on the Cyclone.
David Burke's restaurant at the James Hotel has all the hallmarks of the chef's empire: imaginative, dramatic, over-the-top food that somehow manages to be perfectly delicious, a scene-y room, and a major-league cocktail program.
A late entrant into New York City's barbecue sweepstakes, Mighty Quinn eschewed ersatz country corniness as well as regional identification, choosing instead to make great product from the best meat in a cool, modern setting. Which it does, to an extraordinary degree. It's the best bbq in NYC.