Opening with a lovely quote from George Foster in 1849, the New York Public Library serves up a digital collection on lunching in New York City where "every thing is done differently… but in eating the difference is more striking than in any other branch of human economy." This offering complements an in situ exhibit that was held at the library from June 2012 to February 2013. First-time visitors should click on the Iconic Foods area to learn about the historical background behind staples such as pizza, pastrami, hot dogs, and sushi. Moving on, The Automat area talks about the wonderful automated cafeterias that dispensed soup, sandwiches, and hot apple pie up from 1912 until 1991. Masters of the universe will find the Power Lunch area a delight as it profiles such iconic restaurants as Sardi's and the Algonquin.
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