10 of the Oldest Restaurants in New York City Where You Can Still Dine

Take a look at the 10 oldest restaurants in New York City that you can still dine in.

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Fraunces Tavern is the oldest bar and restaurant in New York City and its menu reflects that, though the restaurant does serve some more contemporary dishes. George Washington was one of the eatery's early patrons, according to its website.
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Ear Inn, located at the historic James Brown House, is one of the oldest restaurants in the city and has a rick history to prove it. During prohibition, the restaurant and bar transformed into a speakeasy. Once prohibition was over, it opened its doors back up to the many sailors it served. The restaurant didn't have a name until the late 70s.
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Delmonico's prides itself on being "the first fine dining restaurant" in the country. The restaurant made its mark by offering prime steaks and private dining rooms for entertainment.
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Pete's Tavern has been operating continuously since 1864. The Italian restaurant is filled with tons of old world charm.
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Old Homestead has locations in New Jersey and Las Vegas, but the eatery's New York City location opened its doors in 1868 and has been locating in the same Manhattan location ever since.
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P.J. Clarke's opened as a Midtown saloon in 1884. According to the restaurant's website, the bar served mostly Irish immigrants. The restaurant got its name from Patrick "Paddy" J. Clarke, who arrived from Ireland and began bar tending at the saloon before eventually buying it. During prohibition, loyal customers were served bootleg Scotch on the sly.
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Keens opened in the Theater District in 1885 and famous diners followed soon after. According to the restaurant's website, actors in full stage makeup would head to the eatery to drink in between acts. Keens was reportedly sued in 1905 by actress Lillie Langtry for denying her entry into the gentleman-only restaurant. She won.
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Peter Luger opened Carl Luger's Cafe, Billiards and Bowling Alley in Williamsburg in 1887. After his death, the restaurant was auctioned off to loyal customer Sol Forman, who returned it to its former glory. The restaurant is still owned by the Forman family and has since become one of the most noted (and popular) steakhouses in the city.
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Katz's has been serving its gigantic pastrami and corned beef sandwiches since 1888. In the early 20th century, Katz's became a place to congregate on the Lower East Side for immigrants in the neighborhood. Thousands of visitors still flock to the iconic eatery weekly.
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The iconic Italian eatery, Rao's, has been in business since 1896 and has been serving celebrities and VIPs ever since. According to its website, Rao's is one of the country's oldest family-owned-and-operated restaurants.
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