Posts Tagged ‘Vintage Menus New York City’

What to order from a 1950s Mother’s Day menu from the Gramercy Hotel

May 5, 2022

Vintage menus from New York City hotels reveal a lot about how food choices and dining habits have changed over the years.

Case in point is this Mother’s Day menu from the luxurious Hotel Gramercy Park for May 8, 1955. The menu is for dinner, with dinner starting at noon. It’s a reminder that what we generally call “dinner” today was typically served a lot earlier in the afternoon; this mention of Sunday in New York during the Gilded Age has it that dinner was always served at 1 p.m. A smaller evening meal would be supper.

The menu itself also has a very feminized look to it, with floral images and pink type. In the 1950s, I doubt anyone complained. Today’s customers might take issue with the traditional female feel.

The menu items, though, are quite hearty, with an assortment of old-school appetizers (stuffed celery hearts, seafood cocktail) and 14 entrees (plus a cold buffet) you would expect from a menu in the 1950s. Lobster Newburgh has an old New York backstory, as it supposedly was first served at Gilded Age favorite Delmonico’s in 1876.

The desserts look divine. I wonder how many moms chose the stewed prunes over the layer cake? As for beverages, this might be the oldest mention I’ve seen on a menu of iced coffee.

[Menu: NYPL]

A West Side dairy sign comes out of hiding

October 21, 2013

steinbergsSteinberg’s Dairy Restaurant was one of those wonderful cheapo kosher luncheonettes that used to be all over neighborhoods like the Upper West Side, the East Village, and the Lower East Side.

Operating at a couple of locations on Broadway in the west 80s since the 1930s, their massive menu (digitized here by the New York Public Library) was packed with all kinds of Jewish comfort food: potato latkes, cheese blintzes, kreplach, and chopped herring.

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The place has been gone for at least a few decades—and perhaps many of its customers gone as well. But for a brief moment last week, Steinberg’s reappeared.

The Town Shop lingerie store has relocated there, and while removing the sign from the previous occupant (Laytners Linen) and installing their sign, Steinberg’s vintage lettering (1940s? 1950s?) was let out of its tomb.

[Thanks to NW for the photos]