We’re told O. Henry penned “The Gift of the Magi” at nearby Pete’s Tavern, the Big Apple’s oldest continuously operating restaurant and bar. We’re not surprised he found the place so inspiring. With its long wooden bar, tin ceilings, tile floors and exposed brick walls, it’s the kind of Old World place you’d expect to find a literary luminary or two. Opened in 1864, Pete’s Tavern is a New York City landmark with lots to love, starting with its Monday through Friday Happy Hours from 5 – 7 pm, when draft beer and house wine are just $5 and locals and guests of nearby Flatiron hotels gather to share workday war stories. And now that summer is here, Pete’s outdoor café is a prime spot for people watching in Gramercy. Order the 1864 House Ale, sit back and think about writing a short story of your own.
Address: 129 East 18th Street