King’s Handbook of New York City, 1892, was kind of like the Zaget’s of its day. One section of this massive guide to the city’s best and worst recommends some top restaurants of the time.
Then there’s this section, “Cheap Restaurants.” It’s just a small snippet but very descriptive.
The info about street food of the time—oysters, fish, corn—is pretty fascinating. Treat trucks, gyros, falafel, Italian Ices, even hot dogs are years away.