While we write about basically everywhere there is to eat and drink in our 37 cities, we sometimes tend to focus too heavily on what’s new, and what’s right NOW. The thing is, there are countless establishments around this great, hungry country that have been around for years and are still bringing it harder than ever -- places that deserve to be immortalized.
And thus was born the Thrillist Hall of Fame, the place where they can live forever, even after some of them inevitably disappear.
Every year, the Thrillist Hall of Fame will induct the most timeless, most impactful, and most important restaurants and bars currently open around the country. Chosen from a list of 60 nominees by a panel of NYC restaurant owners, bartenders, food writers, and more, our inaugural class is made up of 11 New York City establishments that mean as much to the city as one possibly could -- and they're just the start. We’ll be rolling into new cities before you know it (... unless you somehow accessed our calendar and know exactly when it’s going to happen, in which case, stop doing that please).
Scroll down for the winners, and realize that if you live in or visit New York, and you haven’t checked all of them off your list, you’ve got work to do.