New York, US
Sometimes, what crowns a restaurant a classic isn't its menu, but its story. Case in point? The legendary El Quijote hangout at the bottom of the soon-to-reopen Hotel Chelsea. This scarlet-robed dining room started serving sangria in the 1930s, becoming a regular rendezvous point for Bob Dylan, Patti Smith and Andy Warhol. It reopened last month, unchanged since the glory years - all burgundy leather booths, etched glass, wrought iron edgings and heavy chandeliers. All that's missing? A cigarette haze swimming around Warhol's bleached-blonde thatch. The menu looks towards Galicia and the Basque Country (think rabbit paella and oil-cured anchovies), as does a voluptuous wine list, but we're ordering a sangria pitcher to toast the venue's resurgence.
226 W 23rd St, New York, NY 1001, US