Brighton Beach eats in 1906

If you thought today’s restaurants have delicious entrees and choices, check out this 1906 menu from the Brighton Beach Hotel. It will make you starving! The wine list alone is a mile long. The prices can’t be beat either. You could have a scrumptious 3 or more course feast for probably under $10.00

Ephemeral New York

At the turn of the last century, the sprawling Brighton Beach Hotel served as a more upscale seaside resort than its neighbor, Coney Island.

And if you were wrapping up your summer vacation there in 1906, you’d probably make dinner plans at the hotel restaurant.

So what kind of food and drink would be available to you?

We’re talking about a mind-boggling array of seafood (clear green turtle soup! fried eels!), poultry, caviar, steak, chops, pastries, and ice cream, not to mention a pretty big wine and drink list.

The entire hotel restaurant menu from that year (the front cover is at left) has been preserved as part of the New York Public Library’s menu collection.

It’s a fantastic reference that gives us a peek at the city’s culinary preferences over the years.

The massive menu selection can be viewed here. But for just the seafood, check out this…

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