It’s Thanksgiving during the Eisenhower years. You’re rich, you live in New York City, you don’t really want to schlep around and then prepare your own turkey dinner.
Good thing the Waldorf Astoria hotel, between Lexington and Park Avenues and 49th to 50th Streets, is open for the holiday.
Everything on this vintage menu still sounds wonderful (note the Waldorf salad, invented by hotel chefs in 1893), and very regional American: old fashioned cream of pumpkin Carolina, roast Vermont turkey, Iowa succotash. Who knew New Jersey specialized in cider?
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