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The Most Spectacular Restaurant in the World : The Twin Towers, Windows on the World, and the Rebirth of New York - Tom Roston

The Most Spectacular Restaurant in the World

The Twin Towers, Windows on the World, and the Rebirth of New York

Hardcover Available: 10th September 2019
ISBN: 9781419737992
Number Of Pages: 352

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The remarkable story of a restaurant on top of the world—built by a legend, destroyed in tragedy—and an era in New York City it helped to frame 

In the 1970s, New York City was plagued by crime, filth, and an ineffective government. The city was falling apart, and even the newly constructed World Trade Center threatened to be a fiasco. But in April 1976, a quarter-mile up on the 107th floor of the North Tower, a new restaurant called Windows on the World opened its doors—a glittering sign that New York wasn’t done just yet.

In The Most Spectacular Restaurant in the World, journalist Tom Roston tells the complete history of this incredible restaurant, from its stunning $14-million opening to 9/11 and its tragic end. There are stories of the people behind it, such as Joe Baum, the celebrated restaurateur, who was said to be the only man who could outspend an unlimited budget; the well-tipped waiters; and the cavalcade of famous guests, as well as everyday people celebrating the key moments in their lives. Roston also charts the changes in American food, from baroque and theatrical to locally sourced and organic. Built on more than 200 original interviews, The Most Spectacular Restaurant in the World is the story of New York City’s restaurant culture and the quintessential American drive to succeed. 

Industry Reviews

"With exhaustive research and crystalline writing, Tom Roston unspools the glamorous story of a culinary temple in the sky, of cooks and busboys proud to work amidst clouds, and of an era that today seems romantic and innocent. The book frequently makes the heart swell, but never more than in its account of an undocumented immigrant who rose from stock boy to manager, and whose story (the breathtaking end I'll leave your heart to discover) is America's story. Roston's book is a riveting account, not only of a one-of-a-kind dining room, but of the evolution of New York City's restaurant business itself, a concentration of talent, industry and imagination forever the envy of the globe."--Ted Allen, host of "Chopped," Food Network

ISBN: 9781419737992
ISBN-10: 1419737996
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Available: 10th September 2019
Publisher: Abrams
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2

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