Docent-led Tour of “I’ll Have What She’s Having”: The Jewish Deli Exhibit
Photo from the collection of Russ & Daughters
Tour the exhibit “I’ll Have What She’s Having” at the New York Historical Society that explores the food of immigration, the heyday of the deli in the interwar period
- A letter in New-York Historical’s Patricia D. Klingenstein Library collection from a soldier fighting in Italy during World War II writing to his fiancée that he “had some tasty Jewish dishes just like home”
- Images showing politicians and other notable figures eating and campaigning in delis
- Movie clips and film stills include the iconic scene in Nora Ephron’s romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally…, which inspired the exhibition title
- Unique to New-York Historical’s presentation is a closer look at the expansion of Jewish communities at the turn of the 20th century
About the event:
Discover how Jewish immigrants, mostly from Central and Eastern Europe, imported and adapted traditions to create a uniquely American restaurant and learn how Jewish delicatessens became a cornerstone of American food culture. The exhibition and guided tour explores the food of immigration, the heyday of the deli in the interwar period, delis and Broadway, stories of Holocaust survivors and war refugees who worked in delis, the shifting and shrinking landscapes of delis across the country, and delis in popular culture.
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