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Welcome to The Classics. America’s stories are told through restaurants. These are the places that, over decades, have come to define our communities, neighborhoods, and cities. These are the restaurants that have stood the test of time, and above all, the restaurants we love. And now is the time to honor and support them.

Chicago

Original Soul Vegetarian: Proof That Divine Culinary Inspiration Can Grow on Trees

To the casual observer, Original Soul Vegetarian (a.k.a. “Soul Vegetarian East”), a Chicago restaurant with multiple locations across the country,…

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Los Angeles

Cielito Lindo Defines the Flavors of East L.A.

Mexican American food conquered America with its popular flavors of fresh and dried chiles stewed into hearty dishes thickened by…

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Chicago

On Chicago’s South Side, Josephine’s Preserves the Lineage of Soul Food

To own a restaurant is a labor of love. To own a soul food restaurant for 35 years, as Josephine…

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New York

Great NY Noodletown is Everything That Makes New York Special

The first time I went to Great NY Noodletown, I didn’t walk there. I ran. I had recently moved to…

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Why Classics? Because Legacy Restaurants Tell the Stories of America

Welcome to The Classics. 

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Chicago

An Ode to Chicken Vesuvio, the Ultimate Expression of Chicago

If ever there was one perfect expression of Chicago on a dinner plate, it’d be Chicken Vesuvio: a meat-and-potatoes dish…

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Nashville

Nine Questions for the Matriarch of Prince’s Hot Chicken

For Ms. André Prince Jeffries, the owner of Prince’s Hot Chicken in Nashville, hot chicken is a way of life,…

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Seattle

An Appreciation of Dick’s Drive-In, Seattle’s Timeless Burger Stop

The Deluxe: Two thin burger patties, served with the works and the special sauce. Fries. Preferably fresh fries. A strawberry…

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The food at Ben’s is a vehicle. Food is fuel. Food is connection. When you have that symphony of multi-layered representation, beautiful things can happen. Kwame Onwuachi on Ben's Chili Bowl in Washington, DC

Philadelphia

Pat’s King of Steaks is the Heart of Philadelphia

From its location in the heart of South Philly, the just off-center ordering process, and of course the whole “Whiz…

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Sylvia's New York

New York

Sylvia’s in Harlem Still Stands For Community

A couple of weeks ago, on a Sunday afternoon in August, I strolled up to the pickup window at Sylvia’s…

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Courtesy White Horse Tavern

New York

The White Horse Tavern Evolves, But Dylan Thomas Is Always Watching

The psychic center of the White Horse Tavern in Greenwich Village—still, even after decades of changes–is a lifesize portrait of…

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Photography by El Tepeyac

Los Angeles

El Tepeyac’s Rich Family Legacy Continues One Burrito at a Time

Back at the end of February, when there was talk of a citywide shut down, I met a friend at…

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A visit to Italian Village almost always will involve red sauce. // Photo courtesy Italian Village

Chicago

At Chicago’s Italian Village, a Century of Meat Sauce and Solace

After my family moved to Chicago’s western suburbs in 1991 when I was seven, dinner at the subterranean Italian chophouse…

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San Francisco

Long Live Zuni Cafe, San Francisco’s Dining Room Table

Zuni Cafe, since its birth in 1979, has grown into the blueprint for a timeless California restaurant. It has outlived…

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Keens Steakhouse

New York

Even 135 Years After Opening, There’s No Dining Room Quite Like Keens

The Martini was perfect — cold, strong, and large. The shrimp cocktail was textbook, the shrimp big and firm, the cocktail…

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florida avenue grill

Washington D.C.

Soul Survivor: The Story of the World’s Oldest Soul Food Restaurant

Native and long-time Washington, D.C. residents link the words “Florida Avenue Grill” and “institution” much like they do with the…

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Atlanta

For Atlanta, Paschal’s Serves as a Monument to History — and Hope 

Paschal’s restaurant does more than serve soul food. It is an Atlanta institution that serves as a monument to history…

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Courtesy Barbara Leung

New York

The Enduring Value of New York’s Oldest Chinese Restaurant

Nom Wah Tea Parlor, as my family tells it, was the first Chinese restaurant I ate at. I can’t confirm…

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Los Angeles

The Layered Legacy of Roscoe’s House of Chicken & Waffles

Once upon a time in Los Angeles, people thought the idea of combining fried chicken and a waffle as a…

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Once upon a time in Los Angeles, people thought the idea of combining fried chicken and a waffle as a meal was absolutely crazy. Herbert Hudson thought otherwise. Adrian Miller tells the story of Los Angeles icon Roscoe's House of Chicken & Waffles.

London

95 Years On, There’s Still Nowhere Like Quo Vadis

When people talk about Quo Vadis, they talk about the sandwich. You know the one — dinky fillets of smoked…

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New York

How 2nd Avenue Deli Changed My Life

2nd Avenue Deli is as New York as New York gets.  I started going there decades ago, picking up orders…

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Los Angeles

The Night That Changed L.A. Forever Also Put El Coyote on the Map

On a hot August night in 1969, actress Sharon Tate and friends Jay Sebring, Voytek Frykowski, and Abigail Folger sat…

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At its core, 2nd Avenue Deli is one of those classics that is always there, even if you sometimes overlook or forget about it. It has a deep-rooted story that is classic New York. It is old New York. Tom Colicchio on 2nd Avenue Deli

New York

On Longevity and Burgers at Union Square Cafe

When I was eight years old, my mom took me for lunch at Union Square Cafe. We were there for…

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San Francisco

What’s Next for House of Prime Rib, the City’s Ultimate Celebratory Restaurant?

House of Prime Rib is a unique restaurant that holds a special place in the hearts of San Franciscans. But…

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New York

Fanelli’s Has Belonged to Downtown Manhattan Since 1874

Everyone who hangs out at Fanelli’s was a downtown kid, or their friends were. I realized this when I started…

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Atlanta

Remembering Atlanta’s Bygone Black-Owned Restaurants

A family photograph — one with me cheesing harder than I ever have, wearing a frilly, powder blue dress and…

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Nashville

Now More Than Ever, I’m So Grateful For Legacy Restaurants Like Arnold’s

I am eternally grateful for Arnold’s. It’s the first place I take a guest when they come to town, especially…

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San Francisco

Hang Ah Remains Entwined in the Roots of Chinatown

On a morning in September 2020, the streets in San Francisco’s Chinatown are empty of the usual throngs. Anyone outside…

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London

At Hunan, Guests are Family — and Family Has Always Come First

A few miles outside of Fongtian, a small village on Taiwan’s East Rift Valley sheltered between coastal mountain ranges, is…

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Filming Once Upon a Time ... In Hollywood at Casa Vega. // Courtesy Casa Vega

Los Angeles

A New Brush With Fame, Yes, But Casa Vega Has Always Been There For Us

Rafael “Ray” Vega opened his Casa Vega restaurant in 1956, near the corner of Ventura Boulevard and Fulton Avenue in…

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formosa cafe

Los Angeles

The Formosa Cafe is a Masterclass in Restoration

Like an aging Hollywood star, the Formosa Cafe’s light may have dimmed a bit over the years, but it never…

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New York

The Resy Guide to New York’s Classic Restaurants

You couldn’t tell the story of New York without its restaurants. Tightly woven into the fabric of the city, these…

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Delmonico’s

  • Since 1837
  • Steakhouse
  • $$$$

Katz’s Deli

  • Since 1888
  • Jewish
  • $$

Lombardi’s

  • Since 1905
  • Pizza
  • $$

Barney Greengrass

  • Since 1908
  • Jewish
  • $$

Grand Central Oyster House

  • Since 1913
  • American
  • $$

Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs

  • Since 1916
  • American
  • $

Fanelli’s Cafe

  • Since 1922
  • American
  • $$

Totonno’s

  • Since 1921
  • Pizza
  • $$

21 Club

  • Since 1929
  • American
  • $$$$

Le Veau d’Or

  • Since 1937
  • French
  • $$$

Wo Hop

  • Since 1938
  • Chinese
  • $$

2nd Ave Deli

  • Since 1954
  • Jewish
  • $$

Di Fara

  • Since 1965
  • Pizza
  • $$

Jahn’s

  • Since the 1970’s
  • American
  • $$

Manducatis Rustica

  • Since 1978
  • Italian
  • $$

Jackson Diner

  • Since 1980
  • Indian
  • $

Great NY Noodletown

  • Since 1981
  • Chinese
  • $