The Beefsteak’s Storied New York History


You might already have tickets to the Brooklyn Beefsteak at the Bell House this weekend, but did you know that it’s not just a pig-out fest, but a grand New York tradition? Over on the Butcher’s Case (the blog chronicling the lead-up to Fleisher’s BK), Paul Lukas delves into the history of a tradition so celebrated it was memorialized by none other than Joseph Mitchell, in The New Yorker, in 1939 (the ticket price then was a slightly lower five bucks). Lukas is something of an expert on the topic, having chronicled the Beefsteak resurgence in Jersey for the Times a few years back. “Beefsteaks became popular in New York in the late 1800s and flourished for several decades after that,” he writes, which is awesome, since the industrial age is set to be trending anyway. Again, $50 a head buys unlimited beef and McSorley’s; tickets here.

Beef, Beer, Fun [Butcher’s Case]
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