My favorite thing to make for dinner is reservations.
(This is a lie. She will never make the call herself.)
Restaurants didn’t always exist, not even in New York City, which has long been one of the gastronomic capitals of the world.
As the city grew in the 19th century, through the Industrial Revolution, the way people lived and worked experienced a cultural shift that still plays out today.
Circumstances, gender, and social status played roles in shaping the early days of the free-standing, fixed menu eatery.