08 June 2008

Details: Sardi's

Sardi's Restaurant is so taken for granted these days that its praises are rarely sung by the New York press. But its interior is a gem of yesteryear grace to match anything at "21" or P.J. Clarke's. I asked the co-owner recently if he had ever approached the Landmarks Commission about landmarking the interior. It seemed like a natural candidate, and it packs as must historical import as Four Seasons and Gage & Tollner (two other landmarked interiors). He said he had. Their message was basically to come back when Sardi's turned 100 years old. That would be in 2021. Bureaucratic putzes.

The gentlemen in the picture below is Leonard Lyons, a once widely known columnist who held court at Sardi's every night as his designated table.

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