The Brown hotel, 335 W. Broadway, will mark its 90th birthday with a Roaring ’20s dinner dance on Oct. 25 at 7 p.m; a vintage lunch buffet at J. Graham’s Cafe from Oct. 21 to 25; and retro cocktails in the Lobby Bar launching Oct. 16.
For the lunch buffet, chef Laurent Geroli is r-ecreating classic menu items like chicken chow mein, braised beef brisket, fried ham sandwiches and apricot pudding.
“When we talk to people who have dined at the hotel throughout the past 90 years, the chicken chow mein always comes up,” says Geroli. “I knew this had to be part of the menu, and we actually have the original recipe to be able to re-create it.”
Geroli spent time combing through the menu archives. “I picked the dishes that sounded the most interesting from the time,” he says. Things like lobster bisque and braised veal sweetbreads — on the menu for the Roaring ’20s dinner dance — are classic. The food of the 1920s and 1930s had a lot of French influences, which fits with my background.
“These two dishes are a great reflection of the time. Sweetbreads are not as popular today, and I think it’s because they’re often prepared incorrectly. Sometimes you have to educate people to bring great items like this back.”
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