Elaine’s. The 21 Club. Studio 54. These are just a few infamous NYC hot spots where actors, royalty, politicians, and authors could always be found hobnobbing. Mortimer’s, a restaurant located in Manhattan’s Upper East Side and run by eccentric and cantankerous proprietor Glenn Bernbaum, is among these establishments, known as “the best show in town” (Vanity Fair) and “New York City’s most beloved society restaurant” (Town & Country).
G Editions is proud to publish Mortimer’s: Moments in Time, a trip down memory lane that provides a wonderful view of the culture, entertainment, food, fashion, and basic social intercourse happening at Mortimer’s during its heyday.
Compiled from the actual documents that Bernbaum left to his amanuensis and maître d, Robert Caravaggi, who has kept them lovingly stored for more than twenty years, Mortimer’s is a virtual feast of ephemera big and small, including menus, recipes, invitations, Glenn’s personal letters, publicity clips, and record of every party given and who attended. Not to mention the more than 300 B&W and 4C photographs by Mary Hilliard, a doyenne of society photographers, which captures everyone from Brooke Astor, Placido Domingo, Dominick Dunne, Carolina Herrera, Nancy Kissinger, and Jacqueline Onassis. Finally, sprinkled throughout this visual feast are essays by twenty-nine regulars who have contributed their personal stories and memories of their time at Mortimer’s
Mortimer’s is an incredible voyeurs’ delight for those who have only imagined what the extraordinary lifestyle was of the international crème de la crème in the exuberant and over the top 80s and 90s.
ISBN: 978-1-943876-21-1 | 240 pages | 10 x 12” | Hardcover |375 b/w and 4c artworks