The Legendary Gino Restaurant

December 16th, 2009 | admin | No Comments | Categories: Blog

  • If there was an official restaurant of the Idelsohn Society, Gino at Lexington and 60th would be it. With its old world ambience and singular zebra wallpaper, not to mention the greatest capellini with segreto sauce ever served, we love that place. So we have been saddened to read about its current predicament and threat to its existence. The New York Times covered the story but the New York Observer captured the real grandeur of the place.

    Unique in its décor and its adherence to the ancient practice of cash-only transactions, among other old-timey eccentricities, Gino (commonly called “Gino’s”) has cultivated a devout clientele and, after first opening on Lexington Avenue back in 1945, became the favorite trough for Manhattan’s business, artistic and entertainment power elites. Ed Sullivan and Frank Sinatra were regulars back in the day. “I have been going to Gino’s for 50 years,” the writer Gay Talese wrote in a letter to The Observer. He has written about the restaurant for The New Yorker and in his recent book, A Writer’s Life. “[It] would be an unhappy occasion for me (and hundreds of other longtime customers of the place) if it should go out of business.”

    We pray for a resolution over the holidays.

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