Picking up where we left off yesterday, yo, remember Ratner’s down on the L.E.S?
Dig this recent post from Vanishing New York, a most excellent blog.
And when you're done with Vanishing NY, feel free to stop by Forgotten NY
Speaking of Vanishing NY, we lost another NY legend yesterday, Mr. Ron Lundy.
I just came across an old menu and catering pamphlet for the Russian Tea Room.
Interesting that items are more costly on bread than on bagels or bialys.
i can't even find a full handful of items on that menu i'd eat.
(excuses self and goes to make a bowl of cereal . . . )
I could go for a nice tunafish sammich myself... (excuses self and goes to make a bowl of tunafish...)
I loved that place!
I loved the old snarky waiters. They were legend. Once I was in Ratner's with a couple of friends in the '80s, one of the waiters didn't like what and or how a friend was ordering. So, when my friend asked about the mushroom barley soup, the wiater who was already annoyed screamed out, "Fuck the soup!"
The same thing happened another time when a friend didn't get his first course (soup) and upon recieving our entrees, he complained to the waiter, who said, "Fuck the soup! It'll make you fat.. So much food."
Good Lord, look how inexpensive lox on a bagel was! Seems you can't even get the standard "toasted bagel all the way" at a diner for less than $10 these days. (and they're nowhere near as good)
But mmm...puts me in the mood for one of them bagels with a shmear!
It's a little known fact that one of the best Jackie Mason jokes comes out of Ratners: "The food is terrible......and the portions are so small!!!
My grandma used to take me there for Sunday breakfast. It's where I learned to love lox,eggs & onions.
And speaking of bagels: for those of us in the diaspora (more than 25 miles from NYC), we have a tough time finding a decent one. A new shop just opened: Goldbergs' New York Bagels. I had high hopes. The hopes have been dashed. Guess anyplace that says "New York Bagels" outside of NY can't be good.
Didn't Dylan date Farina Pudding?
That picture is the Delancey Street Ratner's - the blog says the menus come from the 2nd Avenue Ratner's and that they weren't connected. That I find hard to believe - I always had assumed it had moved to Delancey or there were two.
Bill Graham supposedly hung at Ratner's so often when he was running the Fillmore East next door that he would take business calls there.
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