It's our third edition of Gothamist's travel content, Gothamist Getaways. A few times a year, we'll have a week of posts featuring looks at travel, food, products and tips—near and far—for making your trips more enjoyable. So sit back, dream of your next journey and let us know if you have any hints for us—email

In a city filled with restaurant openings and closings, it's hard to grow attached to anyplace. Yet, despite being a native New Yorker, I naively believed one day I'd take my grandkids to the Sixth Avenue Gray's Papaya to get a hot dog recession special. We have museums filled with relics of the past, yet we can't keep tabs on our city's culinary history.

Every generation has a place that defined their NYC food experience from Childs to Horn & Hardart, but here are six spots that are as intact as a time capsule—click through to check them out. (Warning: For those of you who are used to artisanal locally sourced cuisine, you might want to invest in a pack of TUMS before you head back in time to dig into some of these retro eats.)

Alison Lowenstein, Gothamist Getaways editor, is the author of NYC guidebooks, and travel articles for National Geographic Traveler, Newsday, NY Daily News,, etc. When she isn't planning trips, she enjoys jogging around the streets of NYC. Despite her athletic pursuits, her favorite food is the donut. You can find her on Twitter at @cityweekendsnyc