July 26, 2016


Subtle exterior signage on southwest corner of No. 45
Today begins a new series of posts about the restaurants that have operated in Tudor City over the years. We begin with the granddaddy of them all, the dining room in No. 45.

Opened in October, 1927, the space was called the Tudor City Restaurant (residents simply referred to it as the Restaurant) and not only served as a dining room, but also provided room service to Prospect Tower apartments. It struggled to remain profitable throughout the Depression, finally closing in 1943. It was followed by:

The Cove  (1945-1953)
The Terrace  (1953-1980)
Cinco de Mayo  (1986-1991)
Tudor Grill  (1996-2002)
L'Impero  (2002-2007)
Convivio   (2007-2011)

Tudor City Steakhouse (2017-to date)

The interior pictured on a 1932 postcard
The Tudor City Restaurant was a white-tablecloth affair, meant to be the best in the enclave -- in 1928, a coffee shop arrived in No. 25, followed by restaurants in the Woodstock (a short-lived enterprise) and the Hotel Tudor (still in progress after many reinventions and changes of management).

Click on menu for expanded view
Above, a 1930s menu with upscale aspirations, but fairly palatable prices: a meal of soup, prime rib, asparagus, mashed potatoes, and a piece of pie came to $2.10 (around $30 in 2016 pricing).
While some dishes on the menu remain popular today -- Blue Point oysters, French fries, sea bass -- others have gone out of fashion -- stuffed celery, tongue sandwiches, baked rhubarb.

Tipping was included, while room service was an additional five cents per dish

Below left, a 1928 ad. Below right, the ladies who lunch, 1937.

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