Hilary Knight Around Town

Vanity Fair November 2009

The illustrious illustrator of Eloise has lived in Manhattan since 1932, which means that he has dined out approximately 28,000 times in his lifetime. That kind of experience teaches you a thing or two about eating and drinking establishments, so join Hilary Knight on a virtual walking tour of six New York classics.

The Oyster Bar

Grand Central Terminal opened in Midtown in 1913, and with it was born the storied Oyster Bar. The main hall is a capital place to enjoy a lunch of oyster stew, and the smaller adjoining saloon attracts an after-work crowd intent on slurping raw mollusks and sipping martinis. Even those who haven’t visited the restaurant, which was designed by Whitney Warren in the Beaux Arts style and redone after a 1997 fire, may recognize it as the backdrop for cast shots during Saturday Night Live’s opening