Minetta Tavern


Address: 113 MacDougal Street , New York , US
Website: minettatavernny.com
Phone: 212 475 3850

Believe it or not, a small stream called Minetta Brook, which this restaurant is named after, once divided the island of Manhattan. Opened in 1937, Minetta Tavern has managed to last much longer than its namesake. With its classic French steakhouse ambiance, it is no surprise that artists like Ernest Hemingway, Ezra Pound, Eugene O’Neill, and E.E. Cummings would often take refuge in the booths or at the large wooden bar. And one of the tavern’s current owners, restaurateur Keith McNally (of Odeon and Balthazar fame), is about as equally renowned as his patrons. The brooding writers are long gone, and the restaurant is now packed with hungry hipsters and swanky natives like Chloe Epstein enjoying dishes like roasted bone marrow, pig’s trotter, and chocolate soufflé into the wee hours of the night. Photos by Sylvia Paret