Frank Sinatra dropped by for lobster, John F Kennedy enjoyed its famed discretion, and the Prince of Wales was honored at its grandest dinner.
Delmonico’s revolutionized American dining with a la carte French cuisine, white tablecloths and printed menus – it was the first ever restaurant reviewed by the New York Times in 1859.
Its signature mashed potatoes were beloved by Abraham Lincoln and along with its legendary Delmonico thick-cut steak, the Big Apple restaurant claims to have invented Eggs Benedict, Lobster Newberg, Baked Alaska and the wedge salad.
In the Roaring Twenties, its iconic flatiron building was acquired by an ambitious Italian immigrant who brought Hollywood glamour to Wall Street riches. The Lehman brothers were provided their own suite fitted with a stock ticker, while Rock Hudson had a bedroom, kitchen and bar in his own apartment.
Today the restaurant – which lay dormant throughout the pandemic – is embroiled in a bitter legal dispute that threatens its…