While restaurants continue to emerge in increasingly eclectic venues across the city, a few restaurants have opened up in another unexpected place: old NYC homes. We've uncovered seven NYC homes—ranging from old carriage houses to elaborate estates—that have been converted into some of Manhattan’s most celebrated restaurants.
Based on the ground floor of a four-story brownstone, Maison May (formerly ICI) features refreshingly high ceilings, pocket doors, and original moldings. This authentically old-school ambiance pairs well with its ethically-sourced menu, which changes monthly. Dinner is served Wednesday through Sunday in addition to decadent brunches on weekends, and the space is open for private events for those seeking a truly memorable special occasion. 246 Dekalb Ave., Brooklyn, 718-789-2778
Eclectic, seasonal dishes like Spanish octopus and smashed pea toast are just some of the things that make The House in Gramercy Park a unique establishment. The restaurant itself is situated in a restored carriage house dating back to 1854, and features touches like red brick walls, worn wooden floors, and leather barstools to transport visitors back to a bygone era. 121 E. 17th St., 212-353-2121
Once a carriage house, this Tribeca treasure is a mitigated mix of classy and comforting. Featuring decades-old wood and molded plaster walls, this retro respite serves dishes ranging from watermelon salad to veal meatballs. Seating is fabricated to face inwards, encouraging conversation and enhancing the communal experience. 71 N. Moore St., 212-226-2515
Often recognized as one of the most romantic restaurants in the city, this eatery sits within a carriage house built in 1767 and is now renowned for its incomparably charming setting. Chandeliers, classic paintings, candlelit tables, and a fireplace amplify the already-comforting atmosphere and make the space a favorite for NYC weddings. 17 Barrow St., 212-255-8649
Emulating the "aristocratic atmosphere" of a European manor, this unique two-story dining destination is ornately decorated with everything from Gilded paintings to antique furniture. A decadent menu features classics like lamb and prime beef and limited-time specialties such as pheasant pot pie and rack of venison. 251 E. 82nd St., 212-734-5490
Hidden within the heart of midtown Manhattan and nestled in a bonafide three-story home, Bill's Townhouse is a real-life relic. Bill's allows diners to recall a New York of yesteryear—both through its nostalgic setting and classic American cuisine. Guest pianists and singers only amplify the restaurant’s old-school feel. 57 E. 54th St., 212-518-2727
This Upper East Side staple has been serving sophisticated Italian fare to devoted diners for the past 33 years. The restaurant has recently relocated to the basement and ground floor of a six-story limestone townhouse a mere 10-minute walk from its original location. It’s also refreshing its menus while maintaining its remarkable wine list, which boasts over 80,000 bottles. Walls paneled with blond wood, a white coffered ceiling, a stone fireplace, and a glass-enclosed winter garden add to the inimitable atmosphere at the new address. 24 E. 81st St., 212-861-7660