03/14/2011 12:26 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

New York Public Library To Create Searchable Database From Vintage Menu Collection

Food may be forbidden there, but the New York Public Library still has the best menus in town.

While most New Yorkers keep just a few dozen restaurant menus in a kitchen drawer, the library has more than 40,000 in its stacks, listing eats ranging from the 1843 fare at the Astor House to the 2010 offerings at Chipotle.

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