New York: Hotel Astor, 1936. Original lunch menu from the Times Square Hotel Astor in New York City, dated Wednesday October 7, 1936.
The successor to the Astor family's Waldorf-Astoria hotel, an essential element of Times Square's growth into an entertainment location, and a widely-known bar for pickups, the Hotel Astor notably encouraged gay men to frequent the bar for pickups as well. The hotel was in operation from 1904 through 1967, featuring many well known musicians, including Tommy Dorsey and Frank Sinatra, with big band leader Vincent Lopez and his orchestra advertised on this menu.
The menu dates from a year after the hotel's first renovation, and features an extensive, partially French inspired cuisine, including a Philadelphia Pepper Pot, broiled mackarel, turkey wings, and a tomato, cheese, and asparagus cold salad as the daily specials. The hotel's location is now occupied by a 54-story office tower.
Single fold three-color menu, 9 x 12 inches. Very Good plus, with light soil.