Gourmet Mag Lists Best Oldies


Grand Central’s Oyster Bar, open since 1913

Gourmet always covers restaurants in the October edition, but the magazine that hits newsstands today is very different from restaurant issues of years past. Instead of chasing the next big thing, basically the default mode of most restaurant coverage, this year, Gourmet is focusing on the best places that have been around since 1941, the year the magazine launched.

Here’s their list of the best restaurants in the country that have hit the 67-year-old mark:

Giardina’s, Greenwood, MS
Manago Hotel, Captain Cook, HI
Bright Star, Bessemer, AL
Gaido’s Seafood Restaurant, Galveston, TX
The “21” Club, New York City
Sammy’s Ye Old Cider Mill, Mendham, NJ
Galatoire’s, New Orleans
The Student Prince, Springfield, MA
Joe T. Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant, Fort Worth
El Charro Cafe, Tucson
Locke-Ober, Boston
Joe’s Stone Crab, Miami Beach
Hyeholde Restaurant, Coraopolis, PA
Gene & Georgetti, Chicago
Musso & Frank Grill, Hollywood
The Lexington, St. Paul
Lawry’s The Prime Rib, Beverly Hills
Maneki, Seattle
The Oyster Bar, New York City
Tadich Grill, San Francisco.

So New York hits the list twice, with The Oyster Bar and The 21 Club. In another roundup, the editors list the 14 best old-school bars, and Bemelmans Bar is the New York pick.

I would have added the Ear Inn, and, if I can bend the rules, Tout va Bien, which opened in 1949. Anyone else have an old-school favorite that the editors missed?


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