In the Upper East Side district, there is a large restaurant that recalls our beloved city of Venice. We are talking about the Harry Cipriani restaurant. The restaurant has a long history and it all started in 1931 a Venezia when the founder Giuseppe Cipriani decided to open it. The name ? One day in 1928 Giuseppe decided to lend to a customer named Harry Pickering the sum of ten thousand lire to give him the opportunity to return to America. One morning in February 1931 the American boy returns to Venice and to thank Mr. Cipriani he returns the sum lent to him by adding another one necessary to open a bar in society. Harry’s Bar was born on 13 May 1931 in his honor.
In the 1950s, great writers attended the club, first of all Ernest Hemingway, but also Sinclair Lewis, Truman Capote, William Faulkner, Thornton Wilder, Dino Buzzati, Eugenio Montale. Regular clients also included actors and directors such as Orson Welles and his wife Paola Mori, Luchino Visconti, Vittorio De Sica, Mario Monicelli, Pierpaolo Pasolini.
But the big family doesn’t stop there and almost 40 years ago, it lands in America in New York on 5th Avenue, establishing itself as one of the most chic and trendy restaurants. The restaurant is a reproduction of the historic one in Venice and its clientele includes New Yorkers and tourists from all over the world.
Currently in New York the Cipriani company has another four points: Cipriani Club 55, Cipriani Dolci, Cipriani Downtown, Cipriani Le Specialità. The common thread, the debut of Italian cuisine and tradition.
781 5th Ave, New York, NY 10022, United States
Monday – Sunday: 7.00 – 10.30 / 12.00 – 23.00