Fanelli's Cafe, New York City

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Fanelli Cafe is a historic New York City restaurant and bar considered the city's second-oldest food-and-drink establishment in the same locale, having operated under various owners at 94 Prince Street since 1847. It served as a gathering place for artists during the transition of Manhattan's SoHo neighborhood from a manufacturing area to an arts community.
Erected in 1847, the retail site at 94 Prince Street, in the SoHo neighborhood of New York City's Manhattan borough, operated as a grocery store from that year to 1863. It then became a saloon for two years before becoming again a grocery for a year, and reverting to a saloon in 1867. Various owners followed, with Harry Green operating it as the Prince Cafe from 1905 to 1922. That year, Michael Fanelli purchased the business and rechristened it Fanelli Cafe. In 1982, his family sold it to Hans Noe, who continued it under that business name. Years later, Noe in turn passed it on to his son, Sasha.
The establishment operated as a speakeasy during Prohibition, which lasted from 1920 to 1933.
It did not become a tavern until 1863, but through its grocery roots is considered New York City's second-oldest food-and-drink establishment in the same locale, predated only by the Bridge Cafe (1794). In that respect, according to historian Richard McDermot, the site's continuous operation since 1847 predates those of Pete's Tavern (1851) and McSorley's Old Ale House (1862).
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  • It's a place set in the past. With a TV set in black and white. Red and white plaid tablecloths... Great Sandwiches and burgers! We paid about $30 each.... For a hamburger and a pint. Expensive but very rich. I have to say that the burgers were a little watered.... Like they're thawed out. But Rich.
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  • I’ve been going to Fanelli’s since I lived in NY in my 20’s. It’s a classic pub with great food, classic American food, well cooked, with great ingredients.... Feels like a hidden gem which never chan...  more »
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  • We almost randomly walked in on a Sun late morning while out shopping. We had a veg omelette with fries and two eggs with sausage and fries (proper thin French fries). The food was perfect, exactly what we were after and hit the spot. Service was great. Its a down to earth joint with an old school pub interior. The entire experience was great.
  • Fabulous burger and clams chowder!!! Popped in for a quick Wednesday night dinner, this place was incredibly busy. Standing room only at the bar and a wait for a table. We were assured the traditional American dinner food would be good and we were not disappointed. The clam chowder was the standout for me. Dinner itself is quite small and noisy, but definitely worth checking out!!!

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