From our partners at Buzzfeed: Though the city has been around for a couple hundred years now, it’s still tough to experience the time period where it came into prominence. Here’s some places where you can come close—and if you want to see exactly what New York was about in the 19th century, tune into the season two premiere of Copper on Sunday, June 23rd at 10/9c only on BBC America.
1. Katz’s Delicatessen
Located in the Lower East Side, Katz’s has changed little since it was first opened by Russian immmigrants in 1888. Although the deli has seen some notable changes (like moving across the street when the subway was being constructed), the famous pastrami sandwiches and hot dogs have stayed true to their original recipes (though you’ll probably be in line a lot longer than back in the 19th century!). Still, the queue at 205 E Houston St. is definitely worth it. (Source: en.wikipedia.org / via: katzsdelicatessen.com)
2. Gin Palace
In the 1800s, “gin palace” was a broad term for any particularly lavish bar that also specialized in gin. Though this genre of bar has inexplicably never been as popular since, recently New York got its very own—aptly named “Gin Palace.” Not only do they offer almost every type of gin imaginable, the decor mimics the Victorian style AND they have G&Ts on tap. Like, have you ever even heard of such a thing?! Order up a round of G&Ts at 95 Avenue A promptly, please. (Source: instagram.com / via: ginpalaceny.com)
3. McSorley’s Old Ale House
At McSorley’s, you can sit down and grab a drink at the same place former presidents Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt once did. Opened in 1854, every wall is adorned with relics of New York’s past. The bar is so tied to its past, in fact, that it still only offers two beers on tap—McSorley’s Light and McSorley’s Dark. So pick a side—light or dark—and grab a draft at 15 E. 7th St. (Via: en.wikipedia.org)