Friday, August 15, 2008

PODCAST: Delmonico's Restaurant Francais


The kitchen staff, 1902

Before Delmonico's, New Yorkers ate in taverns or oyster houses. But the city caught the fine dining bug at this family-owned business, which standardized everything you know about restaurants today. Find out about "menus", "fresh ingredients", "dining rooms for ladies" and other unusual and exotic Delmonico innovations.

Listen to it for free on iTunes or other podcasting services. Or you can download or listen to it HERE

The Delmonico building today, with alleged Pompeiian column intact. Although the current incarnation has nothing to do with the original, but you can still get a few of the famous Delmonico dishes there.


Lorenzo Delmonico, the inspired and flamboyant owner during the restaurant's heyday


A dinner at Delmonico's from 1876, in this case the "Twelfth Annual Dinner of the Dartmouth College Alumni Association of New York City" Fancy!



The location at 1 E. 14th Street


The 'uptown' location at Fifth Avenue and 44th Street


Inside the 'Palm Garden' dining room, at the Fifth Avenue location, upstairs...


...and downstairs



Alessandro Filippini, head chef of Delmonico's during the 1850s


Chef Charles Ranhofer, in the kitchen of Delmonico's from 1862 to 1896, threw 3,500 of his favorite recipes into his seminal 19th Century cookbook The Epicurean


A heaping plate of Lobster Newberg


The current Delmonico at night

3 comments:

  1. Great post. I've always been fascinated by Delmonico's and dying to eat at the one downtown even though it is not the original. But with the closing of Gage & Tollner, it's the closest we'll get to what it might have been like to dine in the 19th Century.

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  2. I live in southern Missouri and I was in an antique store today and noticed a good-sized, framed photo of many nicely dressed men in a banquet-type setting. In the corner of the photo, it said New York Post Graduate Medical and Hospital 1919. On the border surrounding the photo, I noticed it spelled out "Delmonicos." I just thought it was an interesting old picture and I just wanted to share it with those who may appreciate it.

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  3. I noticed an old photo at an antique shop of well-dressed men in a banquet. Printed on the photo was New York Post Graduate Medical and Hospital 1919. The border around the photo stated Delmonicos. I live in Southern Missouri; I thought it was interesting and I thought I'd share this with those who might appreciate it.

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