The kitchen at Delmonico’s, 1902 via Wikimedia Commons
The Gilded Age is having a comeback. Hipsters are sporting mutton chops, pickling is the new knitting and a restaurant named 1 Knickerbocker recently opened in Bushwick featuring modern interpretations of Gilded Age cuisine. Mayor Bill De Blasio suggested we might be re-living that time period with an economic condition comparable to A Tale of Two Cities.
Food in 19th century New York borrowed from French haute cuisine. The wealthy dined in legendary restaurants like Delmonico’s, private dining rooms like the Metropolitan Club and 12-member dining societies like the Zodiac Club. (more…)