From Harold H. Hart’s Hart’s Guide to New York City (New York: Hart Publishing, 1964).
The New York Public Library Digital Gallery
has had a Schrafft’s luncheon menu from 1959 — close enough. Liverwurst? Pineapple fritters? Anyone? You can still find the menu here.
The photograph below predates Hart’s Guide by many years, though it does show a “feminine contingent.” Note too the dumbwaiter at the far left and the knickknacks topping the display cases:
[“Schrafft’s.” Photograph by Cornell Capa, 1948. Via the Life photo archive, where there’s a larger view.]
That empty chair awaits the plucky time-traveler.
[This post is for my mom and dad, who sometimes met for lunch at Schrafft’s. They once had a star as their waiter.]
Also from Harold Hart’s Guide
Chock full o’Nuts
Greenwich Village and coffee house
Mayflower Coffee Shop(pe)
Minetta Tavern, Monkey Bar
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
By Michael Leddy at 9:09 AM