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Menu Collection
May 01, 2009

New York Public Library

Menu Collection

Celia Sin-Tien Cheng

The New York Public Library houses one of the largest menu collections in the world. So, after reading the article, Beware of Small Print, on menu designs, I decided to browse their Digital Gallery with Mike Dempsey’s criteria in mind. The most recent menu in the collection, from The Modern, seems clear and conveys the restaurant’s personality well, but it’s also fun to identify the menus that don’t meet Dempsey’s standards.

If the Menu Collection piques your interest, you can register to access the actual menus in The New York Public Library’s Rare Books Division.

Happy menu browsing!

New York Public Library

455 5th Ave
Rare Book Division
Brooke Russell Astor Reading Room, 3rd Floor, Room 328
New York, NY
Midtown West