Manhattan's oldest Italian restaurant is landmarked and looks it

Nov 13, 2019 304

Barbetta – the oldest Italian restaurant in New York and oldest restaurant in the Theatre District at 113 years old – is outfitted in four townhouses that date back from 1874 to 1881. Its outside is deceiving, given the brownstone façade and shielding trees, and you might pass it by during the day if you don’t carefully look to see the restaurant’s brown-tinted, vertical sign. But when you walk down the two steps to the restaurant’s ground level and enter, it feels like you’ve been transported to a world of old-school European royalty.

The parlor floor, which has its own private entrance from the street, consists of the 1881 townhouse’s original dining room, library (now known as the Wine Library) and drawing room (now known as the Rose Room). The original fireplace, as well as the woodwork and period details, is still intact.

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