The Famous Dairy Restaurant at 222 West 72nd Street served traditional Jewish food and was a favorite haunt of writer Isaac Bashevis Singer. Stephen Harmon took this photo in 1981 and said the restaurant had the “best blintzes in the world.”
Singer, who died in 1991, apparently had a routine with the manager there, every time he walked in, according to the Times.
Three times a week, Isaac Bashevis Singer would walk into the Famous Dairy Restaurant, a narrow Jewish dining spot on West 72d Street near Broadway whose name bears no relation to its homespun clientele.
“What’s for lunch, Semkele?” the Nobel-Prize winning author would ask his regular waiter of 20 years, Sam Orenstein.
“The soup is mushroom and barley and the liver is on whole-wheat bread,” Mr. Orenstein would respond in what had become practically a vaudeville routine between them. “You’ll have a little dessert and coffee and you’ll be in good shape.”
Check out the menu below, circa 1975. Hot noodle pudding, just 70 cents!
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