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The Restaurants of Old New York

2011_oldchina_plates1.jpgA collector of New York restaurant china explains the origins of this obsession, and offers pro tips for anyone that wants to start buying old plates. Relics from places like Luchow's and Horn & Hardart aren't just pretty to look at: "Most antiques, you have to take care of. These were built for rough-and-tumble, and they're ready for it now. My family eats off them every night." [WSJ]