The Quilted Giraffe and Girardet, 1980’s

September 19, 2016

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These menus are from various times – wish I had the dates.  But The Quilted Giraffe was a game changer – Barry Wine’s wonderful, and utterly idiosyncratic restaurant. You never quite knew what to expect. (Barry was self-taught, but chefs who worked at Quilted Giraffe include David Kinch, Katy Sparks, Wayne Nish, Noel Comess and Tom Colicchio.)  I imagine, from the little drawings, that these menus all date from after the move from the modest digs on Second Avenue to the very fancy midtown restaurant in the Sony building with its cutting edge design.

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These are the set menus from Girardet in Crissier, Switzerland, widely considered the best restaurant of its era. The dish I remember with the greatest fondness is that kidney roasted in bay leaves on the final menu.

I also remember that when the ice cream cart came around, each flavor was at a slightly different temperature.

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3 Comments

  • Patti Lynch says:

    Thanks so much for sharing these menus. I really enjoying reading them!

  • Bryan says:

    fantastic piece! may i ask where you got the quilted giraffe menus? i’ve been searching many menu archives for similar menus of the times, but the bulk of what i can find are from pre-1940s!
    thanks! 😉

    • admin says:

      Bryan – I got the menus when I ate at the restaurants. I used to keep all my menus. I could shoot myself for having thrown out hundreds when I moved from LA to NY!

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