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Delmonico’s Makes a Triumphant Return to Lower Manhattan
September 15, 2023, 7:28.24 pm ET


Photos: Delmonico's

Delmonico’s is back, sporting a new look, a new chef and new ownership while honoring its historic past. The restaurant, dating back to the 1800s, has finally reopened its doors after being closed due to the pandemic.

Managing partner and owner Dennis Turcinovic telling us,"Delmonico's has a long-standing history in New York City, dating back to 1837 and is renowned for its culinary excellence and innovative approach to cuisine. It's an exciting time to reopen for future generations to enjoy this iconic NYC restaurant."

Also back are some of Delomico’s treasured dishes like Delmonico's Steak (18oz, Brandt Family Farms, CA); Lobster Newberg (Cognac, Tarragon, Lobster Coral); and Chicken a la Keene (English Peas, Cherry Tomatoes, Asparagus, Poblano, Creamy Sherry Sauce); among others. Also making an encore performance is Delmonico’s famous Baked Alaska.

Delmonico’s new Executive Chef Edward Hong (Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare, Oceana, Aureole, The Clocktower) has also added his own touch to the menu with new dishes like Myung Ran Caesar Salad (Little Gem, Parmesan, White Anchovies, Chives, Creamy Myung Dressing); and Sea Urchin & Abalone Risotto (Koshihikari Rice, Abalone Liver Sauce, Nori, Crispy Shitake, Shaved Frozen Oysters). Guests will also discover a 14 oz Prime Dry-Aged Bone-In Ribeye topped with Uni Butter.

Delmonico’s is also welcoming Max Tucci as its Brand Officer. The television personality and author of “The Delmonico Way; Sublime Entertaining and Legendary Recipes from the Restaurant that Made New York!” has a personal connection to the restaurant. His grandfather was one of the owners who opened Delmonico’s after Prohibition in the 1920s. His family operated the restaurant for over 60 years, and now Tucci will oversee and support Delmonico’s guest experience.

The space is divided into three luxurious areas for dining and drinks - Tesla’s Quarters features a cozy fireplace and shimmering bar; Dicken’s Alcove described as one of the most coveted dining rooms in the city with inlaid marble floors; and the Club Room with its coffered ceiling and elegant wood paneling.

Delmonico’s is known as America’s first fine dining restaurant. It was founded by brothers John and Peter Delmonico. The landmark building in the Renaissance Revival style was designed by architect James Brown Lord. The wedge-like “Flatiron” structure with rounded front predates the Flatiron Building by about a dozen years.

Turcinovic and his partner Joseph Licul have signed a 15-year lease ensuring that Delmonico’s will be around for many years to come.