If it weren’t for this Financial District restaurant -- which started as a small shop doling out coffee, chocolates, liquor, and cigars -- you may have never found your all-time favorite brunch food. It was the first to offer eggs Benedict and the first to have a printed a la carte menu. Plus, it has attracted diners like Teddy Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and Napoleon III. These days, you can house steaks with bankers. I think the word you’re looking for is: bawse.
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Alisha Prakash is a contributing writer at Thrillist NYC. Her mission: make Sriracha a food group. You can find more of her musings on her website or follow her on Twitter.