Before Delmonico’s Restaurant opened in 1837 in New York City there was simply very little “dining out” in America apart from taverns and stands selling street food. With its fine French food, immense menu, efficient service, and gracious atmosphere, it was truly the first of its kind.
One Day U is beyond excited to present at evening at Delmonico’s on January 26, 2017. This unique new event was inspired by Yale History professor Paul Freedman’s acclaimed recent book Ten Restaurants that Changed America.
Here are 8 fun facts about Delmonico’s, America’s epicurean treasure in New York City:
1. Delmonico’s was the first dining establishment in America to have table clothes.
2. The Delmonico’s brothers opened the first fine dining restaurant in the country in 1837.
3. Delmonico’s was the first dining establishment in America to be called by its french name, “Restaurant”.
4. Delmonico’s Restaurant was the first restaurant to create Baked Alaska. Created by Charles Ranhofer in 1867, this delicious desert is a made with walnut cake, apricot jam, banana gelato, and meringue. Delicious!
5. In 1837, New York’s Delmonico’s Restaurant issues the first printed American menu and lists “hamburger steak” as one of the priciest items for 10 cents.
6. Lobster Newburg was created and first served at Delmonico’s. Made with seafood, cream, and egg yolks “it was called Wenburg on the menu until some time later when the epicurean Mr. Wenburg became involved in a dispute with the management. Thereafter, the restaurant renamed the offering seafood “Newburg,” and a classic was born (source: Epicurious).
7. Delmonico’s was the first dining establishment where guests sat at their own tables. Recognize the white haired gentlemen with the mustache? Here’s a hint: He wrote The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
8. Eggs Benedict was created and first served at Delomonico’s. “In the 1860’s, a regular patron of the restaurant, Mrs. LeGrand Benedict, finding nothing to her liking and wanting something new to eat for lunch, discussed this with Delmonico’s Chef Charles Ranhofer (1836- 1899), Ranhofer came up with Eggs Benedict.
Have we tempted your palette? Now it’s time to treat your taste buds.
Join us on January 26th! The evening will begin with a 45 minute lecture by Freedman, followed by a sumptuous Delmonico’s meal featuring some of the delicious dishes they invented and remain world famous for serving.