This Union Square Spot Is Over 100 Years Old
Old Town Bar delivers everything you’d want and expect: old world charm, a local vibe, and original 19th-century fixtures. The nostalgic charm is brought on by a tin-tiled ceilings and a functional dumbwaiter, sure to delight fans of both architecture and Scooby Doo escape routes. True to its old world nature, the drinks aren’t too fancy and the food is pretty standard—except for the buffalo wings, which are a crowd favorite—but all you really need to do here is grab a cold one and pretend you’re closing the place down right before Prohibition.
Continue your journey to the past with dinner at nearby restaurant, The House. Spread out over three floors of an 1854 carriage house, this elegant spot takes your marble bar and raises it with a wood burning fireplace, unique hexagonal windows, and mounted candelabras. With upscale American fare, you can’t go wrong with braised ribs or truffled mac n’ cheese, but since they’re known for their dessert, make sure to leave room for the Nutella S’Mores fondue.
Old Town Bar
45 East 18th Street, Manhattan
121 East 17th Street, Manhattan