If you were a young go-getter or a cigar-smoking CEO working on Wall Street in the late 1830s, chances are you dined at Delmonico’s. New York historians, The Bowery Boys, known for their entertaining podcasts (downloadable for free from iTunes), offer some insights into the history of the restaurant in their latest episode.
John, Peter, and Lorenzo Delmonico opened their eponymous establishment in 1837, offering an a la carte menu to business lunchers. The restaurant claims to have invented Eggs Benedict, Lobster Newburg, and Baked Alaska, although others have also laid claim to creating these. The family had a farm in Williamsburg, from which many of their ingredients were sourced. Now, how’s that for farm-to-table dining?