An elegant trattoria in Northern Italy with a picturesque garden courtyard that has been serving an exclusive menu since 1906.The Fraunces tavern, which dates back to 1762, is considered to be the oldest restaurant in the city. There is some debate about the actual age of the building itself. Although the brick house in the Financial District that would become the headquarters of the restaurant dates back to between 1719 and 1722, it has been rebuilt and renovated countless times, which has led many to wonder if it can claim to be as old and authentic as it is. Known for being one of the oldest Italian restaurants in New York City, it's Bamonte's, in the heart of North Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Inaugurated in 1900, it is ironic that a place as old and classic as the one in Bamonte is still standing, almost unchanged since its opening days, in an area that has been plagued by gentrification. A meal at Bamonte's is like a meal in an Italian grandmother's kitchen. Find classic fan favorites, such as casino clams, veal parmesan, vodka rigatonia and a simple red sauce that's as perfect as a red sauce could be, all served by waiters wearing tuxedos in a no-frills dining room. To keep it as classic as possible, don't forget to order a martini.
Barbetta, the oldest Italian restaurant in New York and the oldest restaurant in the Theater District, 113 years old, is equipped in four townhouses that date from 1874 to 1881.It may surprise many, but one of the great attractions of New York's forgotten Staten Island is its rich Italian heritage and restaurants. So, it goes without saying that some of the best Italian dishes in the New York area are found on the island. This list has been updated with more of the best old school Italian restaurants to enjoy in New York, including the forgotten district of Staten Island. New York has a lot of restaurants, but these classic old school Italian restaurants will make you feel like you're eating in your grandmother's kitchen.
Many Americans think that classic Italian restaurants are red and white checkered tablecloths that serve large portions of spaghetti and meatballs, but true Italians take a different, more literal approach. Luckily for New Yorkers, this classic Italian sandwich shop is now not only close to Times Square, but, if you want to enjoy a much quieter experience, in Manhattan's Greenwich Village, on Sullivan Street. For New York diners looking for something a little more traditional, try one of these places for classic Italian food. It's still an Italian classic by the Brooklyn waterfront and serves some of the best seafood in New York.