Fall Guide: Our Retro Dining Picks

10 places that have persisted—somewhat miraculously—among the ceviches, tiny Neapolitan pizzas, and banh mis.

Long before we fetishized paninis, porchetta, and prosciutto, we were fond of Italian-American food, with its unfettered use of tomato sauce and ground beef. Return to those days at Bamonte's (32 Withers Street, Brooklyn, 718-384-8831), an old frame house that shakes every time a truck goes by overhead on the BQE. The eggplant rollatini and baked clams are to die for, and, as you dine, a quartet of priests may be enjoying their meal at the next table.

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Emily Peet-Lukes
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Location Info


Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant

89 E. 42nd St.
New York, NY 10017

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: East 40s


62 Charles St.
New York, NY 10014

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Greenwich Village

B & H

127 Second Ave.
New York, NY 10003

Category: Restaurant > Diner

Region: East Village

Peter Luger Steak House

178 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11211

Category: Restaurant > Steakhouse

Region: Williamsburg

Margie's Red Rose Diner

275 W. 144th St.
New York, NY 10030

Category: Restaurant > Diner

Region: Harlem

Eddie's Sweet Shop

105-29 Metropolitan Ave.
Jamaica, NY 11434

Category: Restaurant > Dessert

Region: Jamaica

Killmeyer's Old Bavaria Inn

4254 Arthur Kill Road
New York, NY 10309

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Staten Island


32 Withers St.
Brooklyn, NY 11211

Category: Restaurant > Italian

Region: Brooklyn


56 Beaver
New York, NY 10004

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Financial District


When Delmonico's (56 Beaver Street, 212-509-1144) debuted in 1837, it was the city's first restaurant. Its current location is actually the third incarnation, but it still dates to a century and a half ago. Go to enjoy some antique restaurant architecture and the 19th-century feel of the surrounding streets. This is the place where restaurant classics like lobster Newburg and the Delmonico steak were first invented—even though the contemporary menu no longer contains original bestsellers like turtle soup, bear steak . . . or beaver tail.

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