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OK--which one of you is this restaurant named after?

It has to be a DLer.

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by Anonymousreply 29March 26, 2023 1:41 AM

Spanish AND Italian 'cusine'.

by Anonymousreply 1March 25, 2023 12:02 AM

Across from P.J. Clarke's.

OP, do you have the entire menu or just the front cover? I wonder what year it's from ... sometime between 1935 and 1950 is my guess.

by Anonymousreply 2March 25, 2023 12:10 AM

Clearly, it's.....

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by Anonymousreply 3March 25, 2023 12:11 AM

If you google street-view the address, you'll see it's in a row of old buildings, so the location is still the same as it was in 1940 or whenever, although If I'm reading the street numbers correctly, it's a T-Mobile now.

by Anonymousreply 4March 25, 2023 12:14 AM

r2 Here's the Reddit link; it has the inside pages and a hand-written addendum.

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by Anonymousreply 5March 25, 2023 12:22 AM

Gay Chico Menu here.

Wildly Gay!

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by Anonymousreply 6March 25, 2023 12:31 AM

Diagonal from the ugliest post office in the United States.

by Anonymousreply 7March 25, 2023 12:38 AM

The name seems problematic.

by Anonymousreply 8March 25, 2023 12:44 AM

I picture waiters in flamenco jackets and tight toreador pants.

by Anonymousreply 9March 25, 2023 12:50 AM

R9=Blanche Devereaux

by Anonymousreply 10March 25, 2023 4:09 AM

"Margarine served here."

by Anonymousreply 11March 25, 2023 4:13 AM

Margarine was being sold as the healthy alternative to butter.

by Anonymousreply 12March 25, 2023 4:15 AM

I'm going to splurge and have the paella.

by Anonymousreply 13March 25, 2023 4:32 AM

I'll have the pinga special.

by Anonymousreply 14March 25, 2023 4:49 AM

Famous Gay Chico?

Had him.

by Anonymousreply 15March 25, 2023 9:08 AM

Fried chili with melted cheese!

by Anonymousreply 16March 25, 2023 9:28 AM

Gay Chico begat the Blatino Husbear

by Anonymousreply 17March 25, 2023 9:47 AM

[quote] Across from P.J. Clarke's. ... sometime between 1935 and 1950 is my guess.

R2 This would have been in the bird circuit then, or does that come later?

by Anonymousreply 18March 25, 2023 10:30 AM

r12=the low-priced spread

by Anonymousreply 19March 25, 2023 2:32 PM

It had a great floor show.

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by Anonymousreply 20March 25, 2023 3:50 PM

I love Spennish sowsage.

by Anonymousreply 21March 25, 2023 3:54 PM

I want to know what Gay Chico was famous FOR.

by Anonymousreply 22March 25, 2023 7:14 PM

The Spanish side of the menu is elaborate and tries to be authentic. Everything else is just typical 1940s mid-scale restaurant food.

Was this menu from the war years? Butter was strictly rationed during the war. That could be why they mention margarine, which has never been something a restaurant would brag about - and this menu probably predates all the anti-saturated fat crusading of the '50s and '60s.

Speaking of authentic - I can't find recipes that include the word "salamanga" online. Plenty of reference to Salamanca, the city in Spain, though. Was it a misspelling? A dialect spelling the owner brought from Spain? Also, "tomatodo" ("take everything" or, in this context, "eat everything") is not a common food term according to Google. That makes me think even more that the restaurant had a Spanish chef - refugee from the Spanish Civil War, maybe - who brought mama's recipes with him and was using them rather than any well-known national "cusine".

by Anonymousreply 23March 25, 2023 9:14 PM


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by Anonymousreply 24March 25, 2023 9:23 PM

I prefer...

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by Anonymousreply 25March 25, 2023 9:29 PM

Not to mention...

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by Anonymousreply 26March 25, 2023 9:49 PM

"Gay" is a lovely word...happy, lighthearted. By the 1970s it became the word for homosexuals. And that was fine.

But today the word gay has been replaced by "queer".

We've come full circle.

by Anonymousreply 27March 25, 2023 10:40 PM

Would it be OK to open a restaurant named "Famous Queer Chico?

by Anonymousreply 28March 25, 2023 11:48 PM

wow. I used to work at 44th street and Third Ave. I coulda been a contenda!

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