Easter dinner held by Wiley & Haskell at Stanwix Hall in Albany, NY. 1893. From the Buttolph collection of menus.
Easter dinner held by Wiley & Haskell at Stanwix Hall in Albany, NY. 1893. From the Buttolph collection of menus.Rare Book Division, The New York Public Library
Easter dinner held by Wiley & Haskell at Stanwix Hall in Albany, NY. 1893. From the Buttolph collection of menus.
Easter dinner held at the Hawk & Wetherbee at The Windsor in New York, NY. 1893. From the Buttolph collection of menus.
Easter dinner menu held at the Hawk & Wetherbee at The Windsor in New York, NY. 1893. From the Buttolph collection of menus.
Easter breakfast held by Haddon Hall in Atlantic City, NJ. 1905.
Easter Sunday dinner held by Cincinnati's Grand Hotel in Cincinnati, Ohio. 1896.
Easter Sunday lunch held by Princess Hotel in Hamilton, Bermuda. 1899.
Easter Sunday lunch held by Princess Hotel in Hamilton, Bermuda. 1899.
Easter Sunday dinner at the Princess Anne Hotel in Virginia Beach, VA. 1898.
Easter dinner held by Wiley & Haskell at Stanwix Hall in Albany, NY. 1893. From the Buttolph collection of menus.
Rare Book Division, The New York Public Library
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See 8 Tasty Easter Menus From History

Mar 25, 2016

The traditional American Easter menu as we know it today revolves solidly around lamb, with its ritual references to Jesus Christ and the springtime season. These historic restaurant menus are just one more piece of evidence that the ritual is nothing new. Spring lamb appears on turn-of-the-century bills of fare, too.

But at the same time, there's a lot more going on back then. These menus are also full of odder dishes, like Deerfoot sausage, pickled pig feet and green sea turtle.

These menus are from the vast collection digitized by the New York Public Library—the same source of the amazing Thanksgiving menus we revisited last fall.

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