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Old Ebbitt Grill

Though the Old Ebbitt Grill just opened in its current iteration in 1983, it's been a Washington, D.C. institution since 1856 when innkeeper William Ebbitt opened his boarding house. Here presidents…

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Iron Gate

In an old carriage house beneath a stone mansion in Dupont Circle is Iron Gate, a restaurant recently revived from an indefinite hiatus. Opened in 1923 as an inn, the Iron…

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River Café

The River Café opened in 1977 on the banks of the East River in Dumbo, then a mostly-deserted section of Brooklyn; it remains, to this day, one of the most fortuitous…



Keens is the sole cultural leftover from the heady days of the late 1800s when Herald Square was the entertainment center of New York. During its heyday, it was the…

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Comstock Saloon

Comstock Saloon sits on some old foundations; it was formerly a real Western saloon, and one that still includes the pisser trough from a different century. Maybe more notably, though,…


French 75

People journey to French 75 for one reason—to see celebrated bartender Chris Hannah work his magic. (The lounging, 1940s vibe and animal print seating doesn’t hurt, either.) Part of the…



Bellocq isn’t outwardly historic. Named after a famed photographer who secretly snapped shots of Storyville madams, it opened in 2011 and sits across a small courtyard from the lobby of…