Neighborhood: East Village
Address: 168 1st Ave.
Why you should go: Because if you don't, a nail salon or bank will surely take Lanza's place when it closes.

It's great that an Italian restaurant has endured for close to 110 years in the East Village. Why this one was the survivor, we're not quite sure. It could be that the family who owned it also owns the building. It definitely isn't the food, which runs the gamut from OK to less-than-OK. The original tin ceiling is pretty cool, as is the stained glass on the facade, but is it worth a meal of mediocre Italian food to look at a ceiling? Somebody must think so.