Brass Rail, Brooklyn 1942
There were two Brass Rail restaurants in New York City – one in Manhattan and the other in Brooklyn. This charming illustration is from the back of the restaurant’s drinks list, dated 1942. It shows the two locations separated by the East river and reachable by the Brooklyn Bridge.
The Brass Rail covered an entire city block in Manhattan and spanned five floors. There was a restaurant where huge sides of meat were roasted on open fires, a café with a full orchestra playing every night, and several bars.
The Brooklyn location was smaller and was famous for its cocktails - 55 are on this drinks list - served with a flourish at the bar.
Courtesy Private Collection.
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