Eat and Drink Delmonico's celebrates its 180th anniversary By Nicole Levy email@example.com September 14, 2017 2:28 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email 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: Photo Credit: DenisLEON & Co. PHOTOGRAPHERS This 1800s-style market vendor tended to a cart stocked with bread and fresh produce, a nod to the fruits and vegetables the Delmonico brothers grew on their Williamsburg farm. Photo Credit: DenisLEON & Co. PHOTOGRAPHERS Guests had the opportunity to pose with this working penny-farthing bike, a relic of the late Victorian era. Photo Credit: DenisLEON&Co. PHOTOGRAPHERS We give props to the costumer who matched to a tee the wig and dress of this 1800s street vendor. Photo Credit: DenisLEON & Co. PHOTOGRAPHERS This newsie was really selling his paper. Photo Credit: DenisLEON & Co. PHOTOGRAPHERS Charles Ranhofer, Delmonico's executive chef from the 1860s to '90s, made an "appearance." He's pictured here drafting new recipes for the 1894 cookbook The Epicurean, in which he assembled classic Delmonico's dishes like eggs Benedict. Photo Credit: DenisLEON & Co. PHOTOGRAPHERS Satirist Mark Twain (his impersonator pictured on the right) took photos with admiring fans. The "Huckleberry Finn" author often dined at Delmonico's, even hosting his 70th birthday at the restaurant. Photo Credit: DenisLEON & Co. PHOTOGRAPHERS "Diamond" Jim Brady (pictured right) -- an American businessman of the Gilded Age -- was known for his taste for flashy jewelry and boundless appetite. He often ordered seafood at Delmonico's. Photo Credit: Denis LEON & Co. PHOTOGRAPHERS Accounts say that President Abraham Lincoln loved Delmonico's potatoes, which were, in his time, mashed and covered in cheese and breadcrumbs. Lincoln's impersonator DJed a few songs at the restaurant's 180th anniversary party. Photo Credit: DenisLEON & Co. PHOTOGRAPHERS Actors changed their costumes as the evening progressed, advancing from 19th to 20th century attire. Photo Credit: DenisLEON & Co. PHOTOGRAPHERS A Vaudevillian performer spun plates at the intersection of William and Beaver streets. By Nicole Levy firstname.lastname@example.org Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.