In 1837, The Delmonico brothers opened the first fine dining restaurant in the United States, private dining, the largest private wine cellar in the city at that time and the Delmonico steak was born. In 1862, Charles Ranhofer was named Chef de Cuisine his most noted and famous creations are found in restaurants around the word. Eggs Benedict, Baked Alaska, Lobster Newburg and Chicken a la King are a few of his culinary creations. Egg Benedict is so famous and an American staple that it was featured on the new Chef reality show on Fox 5 in July 2011. Six Chefs had 30 minutes to make that perfect Eggs Benedict that is served every time at Delmonico’s and it was not an easy task. This past May and June I dined at Delmonico’s restaurant at 56 Beaver Street in New York City 3 times, twice for lunch and once for dinner. Every meal was a true New York experience. The steaks were cooked to perfection, the wine list is filled with gems, the service was top notch and yes the deserts are to die for. The new owners have done a great job in bringing this land mark back to its original splendor and is a must for anyone visiting New York City or anyone who is lucky to live in this city that is a lover of great steaks and wines. Our first meal was supposed to be a quick lunch but it ended up being one of the best bacon cheese burgers I had in a long time paired with a bottle of Gran Sasso Montepulciano d’Abruzzo. I never have desert at lunch but I saw a New York style cheese cake being served at the next table and knew I had to have one or two. I still dream about it. My second meal was lunch again with a wine manager of a local wine distributor and it was a feast. We shared the Eggs Benedict as our appetizer and then I had the Prime New York Strip medium rare. We shared as sides the classic Delmonico potatoes, creamed spinach, grilled asparagus paired with a bottle of Castelli Martinozzi Brunello that he had with him that is getting great reviews from wine critics here in the states and in Italy. The wine was a perfect pairing. The 3rd meal my dinner I am not going to write about it wouldn’t be fair to you. I suggest that you go visit this New York gem and be dazzled by Chef William Oliva and his team and see first hand how Dennis Turcinovic and his staff makes everyone feel at home. The Original Delmonico’s is a must!