The Waverly Inn

Nightlife impresario and hotelier Sean MacPherson with Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter opened this legendary New York nook in 1999. With handpainted murals of 43 Greenwich Village luminaries like Allen Ginsberg, E.E. Cummings and Fran Leibowitz, you can expect to see the same literary types at the table next to you, or floating around in the ivy-filled latticed garden out back. Formerly unknown, now famous chef John DeLucie catapulted himself to stardom in the kitchen here, with clever takes on classic dishes: The truffle mac and cheese is a calling card, and at $85 a worthy investment. The beet and goat cheese salad is also a winner, made with Humboldt Fog. Recently, a brunch was added, and if you happen to swing by Bank Street and Waverly Place on a weekend, the Peekytoe crab benedict, Bloody Mary, housemade scones and a New York Times is the perfect prelude to a lazy day of museum-going or antique hunting.