Photo: Piotr Redlinski for The New York Times
There are so many great (usually small) New York City restaurants that have disappeared over the last few decades, they are too numerous to mention. Usually nostalgic New York epicurean; food from another time. What we imagined existed, but nevertheless, real sensory experiences of New York that we carry, and occasionally long for: the ambiance especially, and in many cases, only secondarily, the food. Anyone who has spent any amount of time in the city has undoubtedly been to one of these venues that lingers in memory.
So it's inevitable that there has been an attmpt to resurrect some of them. "A Vision of the City as It Once Was", by Diane Cardwell, in The New York Times describes some of these efforts in some of the original venues.
"Back in 1960, Barbra Streisand — then still Barbara — was 18 and unable to find acting work when a friend told her about a weekly talent contest at the Lion, a gay club in the West Village. Uninterested in singing but hungry, she gave it a try, as much for the free dinner (they had a great London broil, she recalls) as for the paid gig that came with placing first. She won that prize, a standing ovation and her first big break."
Read the story at The New York Times.
Another related story of New York's past, found in its once ubiquitous architectural ornamentation, is in The Atlantic. Though not related to food, it is about the Brooklyn Museum's quest to rid itself of a great collection it has received over the years.
"Ghosts of New York", by John Freeman Gill, is also worth reading at the The Atlantic
Image credit: Photography by John Bartelstone