One of the crown jewels of Manhattan, the grand dame of New York City, is turning 100. We are talking, of course, about Grand Central Terminal. A century ago, on February 2, 1913 – after a decade of construction – the building that would revolutionize commuter train travel opened its doors.

There isn’t anything to say that hasn’t been said before about the building’s grandiose and tumultuous history. So, we offer something else to commemorate one of the most amazing buildings in the city: a 360 look at Grand Central. Part of a larger project photographing iconic landmarks in glorious 360 degrees, we teamed up with Shots 360 and photographer Thomas Erh, the man behind the lens of interactive 360º panoramic photography, to document some of our favorite Old New York places.


Enjoy!

7.01.2013

Most Iconic Restaurants in America

Keens
Location: New York, NY 
Website: 
Keens

New York City has its fair share of iconic steakhouses—Peter Luger’s and Bull and Bear among them—but Keens has remained a standout for more than 125 years. “The restaurant has stood the test of time,” says general manager Bonnie Jenkins. “It has prospered as a warm and welcoming destination where people have celebrated life by simply having a good meal with friends or loved ones. When a guest enters the restaurant today you can still feel that same warmth, which transcends time.”  

Unsurprisingly, the restaurant’s lineup of dry-aged steaks and meats are among its most popular offerings. But its signature dish is the world-famous mutton chop. To give you an idea of just how many they’ve served up: the restaurant’s website includes an article from The New York Times announcing the official serving of their one millionth mutton chop…an article published in 1935! But Keens offers as much history to take in as it does food to consume, including the world’s largest collection of churchwarden pipes (90,000 of them), which have been smoked by everyone from Albert Einstein to Babe Ruth.

21 Club

Location: New York, NY 
Website: 21 Club 

Sixteen blocks north of Keens, the 21 Club is just as storied a Manhattan eatery. “With 84 years in the making, 21 Club has a history lesson behind each corner, from wining and dining the most notable American celebrities such as Ernest Hemingway, Bill Gates and the Kennedys to surviving the Prohibition era as one of the most famous speakeasies,” says general manager Bryan McGuire. “We have continued to reinvent ourselves year after year to perfect our impeccable and delicious ode to American fare and cater to a sophisticated yet fun demographic.” 

McGuire is right about the “fun” part. As if spotting Donald Trump a few tables away wasn’t exciting enough, the restaurant couples fine dining preparations with a casual menu of traditional American grub, including the world-famous 21 Burger, a freshly ground 10-ounce patty served with preserved tomatoes, sautéed onions and a signature 21 Sauce, and the “Speakeasy” Steak Tartare, which is prepared tableside and served with rye toast and mesclun greens with a Champagne vinaigrette.


From: Relish