While New York is filled with of-the-moment eateries, dining in one of the city’s historic restaurants is always a special treat. For your next gathering with friends, make a reservation at Minetta Tavern and feel yourself transported to an earlier era. Take a seat in a red vinyl booth where Ernest Hemingway, Ezra Pound, and Dylan Thomas once ate, drank, and caroused. While the atmosphere is probably too lively to get much work done during your meal, you’ll have a great time with your friends as you talk and catch up on the latest news, and maybe you’ll find the inspiration for the next great American novel from the murals of city scenes, or the framed pictures of boxers, writers, and politicians on the walls. The menu’s filled with French-influenced classics, but start with the all-American Minetta Burger. Served with cheddar cheese and caramelized onions, it’s one of the city’s finest—and messiest. A classic spot like this, which first opened in 1937, calls for a classic cocktail, so order an Aviation or an Old Tom Collins and raise a toast to the good old days. As the cocktails flow and the laughter rises, you can almost feel the ghosts of old New York laughing along with you.