WHY HERE: Danny Meyer’s flagship opened way back in 1994 but hasn’t lost a smidge of elegance, quality and charm. Emphasizing farm fresh meals with local ingredients, the Tavern Burger is still one of the best in the city, and the Fisherman’s Stew with chorizo and squash is a thing of beauty. Classic and house specialty cocktails, like the Duck Hunter (rye, apricot liqueur, Bresca Dorada mirto verde, egg white and lemon juice), are expertly crafted.
WHY NOW: Doesn’t everyone deserve to splurge amid historic NYC surroundings once in a while? Despite the white tablecloth vibe in the dining room, the bar is comfortable and welcoming.