For a taste of Olde New York—and some of the best chops in the city (lamb chops, mutton chops, short ribs)—head to this iconic restaurant, established in 1885 and still going strong. The portions are humongous, so don’t be afraid to share. Spend some time simply wandering around this museum-like eatery, with its collection of ceramic pipes on the ceiling (some of the regulars who had their own pipes here include Albert Einstein and Babe Ruth), its working fireplaces, memorabilia-laden walls, and plush leather banquettes. You go here as much for the experience as for the food.
- Pauline Frommer