A tasty Christmas menu from 1885 Brooklyn

“The Saint Nicholas Society of the City of New York was founded by Washington Irving and others, as an organization to commemorate the history and heritage of New York, and to promote good fellowship among the members,” reads the St. Nicholas website.


Since its beginning in 1835, the Society has hosted dinners—and this menu, from the wonderful collection of the New York Public Library—gives us a peek into what was served to commemorate Christmas 1885.

Held in Brooklyn Heights, the dinner was hosted by the “Nassau Island” branch of the Society, an interesting distinction.


The menu (or Spyskaardt, an homage to Brooklyn’s Dutch beginnings) seems very New Amsterdam: turtle soup, oyster pies, roast goose. And sweet breads with peas!

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6 Responses to “A tasty Christmas menu from 1885 Brooklyn”

  1. annulla Says:

    No sweets? I’m not going!

  2. Robert S Johnson Says:

    Reblogged this on The Quotidian Hudson and commented:
    Ephemeral New York finds another gem…

  3. Laurie Says:

    I love this! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Kazza Says:

    I’m baffled as to why the Library couldn’t find a better place for their stamp. There is plenty of blank space on the sides!

  5. vastlycurious.com Says:

    Love this! I didn’t know turtle soup was dutch!

  6. Sylvia Says:

    And I’ve just gotten a menu from Saint Nicholas society and the date is December 1854 and I’m wondering how I would go about finding someone who might be interested in this. It’s on silk and it’s already been framed and well taken care of.

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