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Eating Out
From oyster cellars to chophouses, the Four Seasons to the nearest hotdog stand, New Yorkers go out to eat more than in any other American city. It was in New York that Delmonicos set the international standard for high style dining, and it was here that putting coins in a slot to buy pre-prepared entrees behind plastic windows became all the rage.

"New York Eats Out," which will be on display at the Forty-second Street library until March 1, 2003, is an exhibit that documents the history of restaurant life in the big city. Curator and NEW YORK TIMES restaurant critic William Grimes walks us through this assemblage of more than 255 menus, photographs, prints, and other leftovers from the city's love affair with all things delicious.
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