“With approximately 40,000 menus dating from the 1840s to the present, The New York Public Library’s restaurant menu collection is one of the largest in the world, used by historians, chefs, novelists and everyday food enthusiasts.” - New York Public Library
The New York Public Library needs your help! They have all these menus to transcribe to improve accessibility and research on food history and obviously, the art of menu writing. The best part, you can help transcribe the menus (dish by dish) online in your pajamas! I helped transcribe the menu from this old restaurant:
I’m not clear on when how long the restaurant stayed open but I loved reading the menu. Grilled cheese for 55 cents? Yes, please!
I look forward to doing more work by transcribing more menus. It’s pretty fun to learn about formerly trendy dishes or read about really, really odd vintage dishes. Escargot sandwich anyone?
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