It doesn’t get more classic New York than this iconic Restaurant Row institution. Opened in 1906, Barbetta is a testament to proper dining out, where outerwear is mandatorily checked and servers waltz around good-looking guests as well as the hushed, gilded surrounds donning neatly pressed tuxedos. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the impossibly romantic patio has been the backdrop for countless marriage proposals.
The kitchen’s Northern-influenced specialties are listed on thick cardstock, and each item is highlighted by the year of its addition to the menu. Linguine with pesto alla Genovese is as scrumptious today as it was in 1914; while luscious rabbit alla Piemontese, dating back to the Clinton era and braised in white wine and lemon, is equally divine.- MICHELIN guide inspectors