El Morocco, New York, 1948, by Jaro Fabry
Glorious menu cover art by Jaro Fabry, one of the most famous illustrators during Hollywood’s Golden Age, renowned for his sketches of stars and celebrities.
El Morocco was a legendary and glamorous New York nightclub; it started out as a speakeasy and, after the repeal of Prohibition, became a super-sophisticated restaurant and nightclub - “the place to see and be seen.” People came dressed in all their finery to see celebrities let their hair down in a fantasy jungle decorated with white palm trees, a crescent moon and zebra-striped banquettes. There were two bands – one played rumbas and mambos and the other played songs by Gershwin and Porter.
There is now a condominium on the site where the elegant El Morocco once stood.
Courtesy Private Collection.
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