New York, New York
American restaurants simply don’t get more historic than the Fraunces Tavern, which is included in the National Register of Historic Places and located at 54 Pearl Street, on the southern tip of Manhattan. It’s been around for more than 250 years, it has its own museum, and, for 21st century relevance, it was the setting of the first two numbers in the Broadway smash hit Hamilton. Christened the Queen’s Head Tavern way back in 1719, the venue functioned as a meeting place for the Sons of Liberty, allegedly had a cannonball shot at it during the Revolutionary War, and, once the war was won, housed the Treasury, War, and Foreign Affairs departments while New York was briefly the nation’s capital. It kept the drinks flowing during those times, too, and it’s not an exaggeration to say that Fraunces Tavern is the “bar that birthed America.” After years of renovations, present-day owner Eddie Travers, who bought the fabled place in 2010, has done his best to restore the tavern to its original glory. “When we took it over 10 years ago, they had covered the ceilings, the floors,” Travers says. “We exposed everything, to bring it back to what the tavern might have looked like.” Beyond authentic Colonial decor, the restaurant features elevated pub fare that also pays homage to American history: Think raw oysters, chicken potpie, and traditional fish & chips. There’s also a roster of drinks that would make the Founding Fathers proud, featuring more than 200 kinds of whiskey, gin, port, sherry, tequila, and mezcal alongside a huge assortment of local craft beer and cider.