Dining Influencers: The New Yorker


The restaurant scene of ‘70s America was the gateway to the dining landscape of today. For the first time, people were eating out more than at home. Alice Waters had opened Chez Panisse, and the idea of fine American food replacing continental cuisine was catching on. Welcome The New Yorker—dining in the disco era—a time when, instead of going to dinner and a show, dinner was the beginning and end of the evening, an hours-long party. Tom Guinney, Thomas Sieg and the late John Williams planted this idea in Utah. Housed in the old New York Hotel, built in 1906, The New Yorker had loads of remodeled retro charm (like a real New York restaurant) rare in Salt Lake City, and even the ‘70s décor requisite, stained glass. (Still there, and originally from the Hotel Utah.) Wine was beginning to replace cocktails (your choice of “chablis” or “burgundy”) and The New Yorker pushed for a greater variety to be brought into Utah. Read more about The New Yorker in Salt Lake Magazine.

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