À la carte

10a  Judsons Restaurant  New York City 1853.jpg
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Creator

Judson's

Title

À la carte

Date

1853

Coverage

New York City

Description

New Yorkers called the 6¼- and 12½-cent price increments a sixpence and a shilling, respectively, employing the British abbreviations “6d” and “s” for these units of American currency. For example, the price of the breaded veal cutlets on this six-page menu is shown to be 2s, or 25 cents. The most expensive dish shown here is the breast of partridge with truffles that costs 10s, which was about the amount a laborer earned for a day’s work.