Neighborhood: Greenwich Village
Address: 73 W. 11th St.
Why you should goWould-be time travelers are encouraged to sit at the bar, order a Manhattan, and transport themselves back to an era before NYU owned 90% of the Village.

Gene's has been serving up both French and Italian food (they call it "Continental Cuisine of Distinction") since 1919. Not many places serve herring marinated in sour cream or chicken livers Toscani anymore—and there's probably a good reason for it. The lone review reprinted on their website is from 1958; judging from their food nowadays, there's probably a good reason for that, too.