The Waldorf-Astoria, 1897 from Menu of the Week Slideshow

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The Waldorf-Astoria, 1897

When you first take a look at this 1897 menu, the bill of fare from the Waldorf-Astoria, arguably the finest hotel in New York at the time, the first thing that jumps out is the fact that it’s all in French.Even the little note telling guests that they can prepare a pre-theater menu is in French, and the one above it saying that they don’t accept reservations after 7 p.m.

While this menu might look completely different from ones you’ll see today, it’s not very different from how it was at fine dining establishments throughout the country at this time. Fine dining wasFrench dining; they were essentially synonymous. The menu is divided into soups, salads, seafood, a highlighted section where all the most expensive stuff was listed (things haven’t changed much after all), meats, game, vegetables in various preparations, cheeses, fruits, and lots of desserts.