Plaza, Christmas dinner

The Plaza, New York, N.Y., December 25, 1949

This Christmas dinner menu for The Plaza Restaurant in 1949 is printed on a single sheet decorated with blue garland and bells, and yellow ornaments. At the top is an illustration of two well-dressed figures looking at a snowy night scene of New York City with an equestrian statue set against a glowing Plaza Hotel. The monument depicted is the Sherman Memorial by Augustus Saint-Gaudens, located in Grand Army Plaza. General Sherman is seated atop his horse while a figure representing Victory is at his side.

The prix fixe menu (served from noon to 9 pm) includes old fashioned grapefruit cocktail or oysters au raifort; chicken soup Plaza; roast Maryland turkey with chestnut dressing, giblet and cranberry sauce, candied sweet potatoes, and mixed bean in butter or puree of yellow turnips; heart of lettuce with beets; Christmas plum pudding or Santa Claus ice cream with fudge sauce and gaufrette parisienne; and cafe.

From the Culinary Institute of America Menu Collection, Herbert Ernest Menu Collection, menu 5-119.