Located on Beaver Street and within walking distance from The New York Stock Exchange, Delmonico’s Restaurant is one of most historic restaurants (if not the most historic) in the United States. Delmonico’s, in New York City, opened in 1837 as the first fine dining restaurant in the country. The restaurant is older than the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, and Central Park and is the birthplace of a countless number of American classics such as the Delmonico Steak, Baked Alaska, Lobster Newburg, and more. In addition, Delmonico’s has had many “firsts,” such as being the first United States restaurant to introduce farm-to-table cuisine, feature a printed menu, furnish a separate wine list, and even admit female diners independently. Delmonico’s has hosted numerous amounts of famous faces such as Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, and Abraham Lincoln and they are ready to host you, as well. If you want to know what dining in this historic restaurant is all about, keep reading along.
Ian and I love visiting fine dining establishments and try to visit at least one or two (or more) in each city that we visit. Since we know the ins and outs of traditional fine dining, we had high expectations for Delmonico’s and let me tell you something – they definitely delivered. In fact, they went above and beyond. Everything was more than perfect.
After being seated immediately, we were promptly greeted with water and a beverage list. Being five months pregnant, I ordered a Coca-Cola while Ian ordered a glass of red wine. I drank mostly water that night and each time I took more than a couple of sips, it was filled back up immediately. Now, remember when I told you that Ian and I visit fine dining restaurants frequently? Well, this was definitely a unique touch that I have only found at Delmonico’s: the service was impeccable. Although not intrusive whatsoever, they had plenty of staff seamlessly floating around the entire restaurant, making sure that every diners needs were met.
And when it came to the food, everything was beautifully prepared. Flawless, in fact. It was a bit dark in the room, so our pictures do not do the food justice. You most definitely have to go to experience it yourself.
The food and the service combined are why so many influential people have dined at Delmonico’s Restaurant throughout the years and it is also why they will continue to do so. When you are in the New York City area, I highly recommend that you visit Delmonico’s for the best meal of your life. The service and the food will not let you down and I cannot wait to go back one day.