Delmonico's went all-out for its 180th birthday on Wednesday night.
The landmarked Financial District restaurant at 56 Beaver St. -- which claims to be the first American eatery to serve farm-to-table cuisine, issue a cookbook, use tablecloths and admit women dining without male companions -- threw a lavish party transporting guests to the Gilded Age opulence of 1837, its opening year.
The festivities featured commemorative cigars and tableware and a buffet of classic Delmonico's dishes reinterpreted by celebrity chefs like Thomas Keller, Danny Meyer and Lidia Bastianich. But our favorite touch was this: A production by Chéz-zam Events that dispatched costumed 18th-century era performers and props among the very upper crust of New York society.
Enjoy the whimsy below: