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The RG of 1859

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2009_08_oldrestaurant.jpgSpeaking of restaurant critics in New York, how about this blast from the past? It's the first piece of restaurant criticism to appear in the Times, back in 1859, rediscovered in '07: "Dine somewhere else to-day and somewhere else to-morrow. I wish you to dine everywhere, -- from the Astor House Restaurant to the smallest description of dining saloon in the City, in order that you may furnish an account of all these places. The cashier will pay your expenses." [Kottke]