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Delmonico's Restaurant

There are few restaurants in Manhattan with a more interesting, or better documented, history than Delmonico's. The saga of the first American fine dining experience begins with a successful Swiss sea captain Giovanni Del-Monico and his own interpretation of the American dream. In 1824, Giovanni decided that he was through with battling the strong and treacherous currents of the high seas. So, with the savings that he had accumulated from swashbuckling, he opened a small wine shop at the southern...

There are few restaurants in Manhattan with a more interesting, or better documented, history than Delmonico's. The saga of the first American fine dining experience begins with a successful Swiss sea captain Giovanni Del-Monico and his own interpretation of the American dream. In 1824, Giovanni decided that he was through with battling the strong and treacherous currents of the high seas. So, with the savings that he had accumulated from swashbuckling, he opened a small wine shop at the southern tip of the island of Manhattan. Although Giovanni, known as John in America, was a fan of the new world, his wine shop was not a resounding success, so he packed up and sailed back to Switzerland. While in Switzerland he decided to team up with his brother Pietro and take another crack at the Big Apple. The brothers returned with a new Americanized name, Delmonico, and a newfound enthusiasm as they opened a pastry shop on William Street in 1827. There business continued to grow over the years and the Delmonico brothers continued to recruit more members of their family to help out with the operations. In 1837, the brothers built their three-story masterpiece known as Delmonico's Restaurant. The building included pillars imported from Pompeii. The place soon became known as "The Citadel" and was the culinary Mecca for lower Manhattan for many years. Delmonico's still maintains the same standard of excellence that it did in the 19th century and still remains a culinary destination in New York.

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56 Beaver St.
New York City, NY 10004
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