A swanky New Year’s menu from 1935 New York

When Essex House opened on Central Park South in 1931, it was an instant hit with well-to-do, fashionable New Yorkers who didn’t let things like the Great Depression or Prohibition stop their partying.

This menu card, from the Museum of the City of New York, is dated 1935; it shows New Year’s Eve revelers in the hotel’s Colonnades ballroom.

On the back of the card are some of the food offerings for the night: Swedish relish, olives, and salted nuts as appetizers; mignon beef Bearnaise, braised celery au jus, and potatoes royale for the main course. Dessert: petits fours and glace vanilla nesselrode.

[MCNY: 2003.50.2]

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  5. Daniel M. Pliska Says:

    I appreciate the history of food and dining in NY – please keep up these types of posts!

  6. Carl Reddick Says:

    Mmmmm mmmm
    ‘Do love me some braised celery !

  7. Bob Says:

    Other historical New Year’s Menus online:

    http://menus.nypl.org/menus/21628
    Fifth Avenue Hotel
    January 1, 1897

    http://menus.nypl.org/menus/21013
    Waldorf Astoria
    January 1, 1906

    http://menus.nypl.org/menus/23349
    Hotel Netherland
    January 2, 1900

    http://menus.nypl.org/menus/15495
    Colonnade Restaurant
    December 31, 1900

    http://hrvh.org/cdm/ref/collection/cia/id/4248
    Hotel Governor Clinton
    December 31, 1932

    http://www.hrvh.org/cdm/ref/collection/cia/id/2304
    Waldorf-Astoria
    December 31, 1942

  8. Michael Morris Says:

    Old New York story is that the ESSEX HOUSE had its name emblazoned in lights on the rooftop so that it could be seen from great distances around Manhattan. Only problem was that the “E” and first “S” darkened so that SEX HOUSE ignited the NYC skyline until repairs arrived.

  9. M.K.E. Says:

    I love this artwork! And thank you, Bob Says, for sharing the links to the other amazing menus. The Waldorf New Year’s Eve 1942 menu is heartbreakingly lovely.

  10. David H Lippman Says:

    Great menu!

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