And yep, those prices are in cents. I wonder what kind of residents showed up for this meal.
“Mike” Lyons’ restaurant has an interesting history. It was the sight of dinners featuring corrupt Tammany Hall politicians such as “Little Tim” Sullivan.
Opened in 1872, it met its end in 1907, long after the Bowery’s heyday as an entertainment district.
“From 1,200 to 2,000 people were fed every night,’ a 1907 New York Times article reported. “At 3 in the morning there was a man back of every chair waiting to grab it, on special occasions, and the police patronage which had always been considerable increased.
“There was one class of patrons who continued faithful to the Lyons standard. This was the Lyons food line, composed exclusively of women, who at 5 in the morning were at the doors now closed with baskets,” the article continued.
“The left-over food was given to them without question or discrimination. These will mourn the passing of Lyon’s.”
The menu comes from the New York Public Library’s menu collection.
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