How A 180-Year-Old NYC Restaurant Created Eggs Benedict | Legendary Eats

Taryn Varricchio: Down
in Manhattan’s bustling Financial District
stands one of the city’s most iconic culinary landmarks. This is Delmonico’s, and it’s been standing here since 1837. The steak house is not only one of the longest-running
restaurants in New York, it’s one of the locations that possibly invented eggs Benedict. Alex Trebek: This fancy egg dish is said to have been created at
Delmonico’s in the 1800s; even then, hollandaise sauce was used. Contestant: What is eggs Benedict? Alex: Yes. Narrator: But its fame
goes far beyond one dish. Customer: If you Wikipedia “fine dining,” this is what should show up. Taryn: We’re just a few
blocks away from Delmonico’s, where the restaurant is still operating in its original location from the 1800s. Talk to the people who work in this area or the tons of tourists who seek it out, and they’ll tell you this place is a true New York landmark. So, let’s go ahead inside
to learn a little bit more about this historic steak house and how the original eggs
Benedict recipe came to be. Before Delmonico’s became
Delmonico’s Steak House, it was a small shop run by two brothers who sold pastries, coffee, and chocolate. With enough success, the
Delmonico brothers bought a plot of land in Lower Manhattan in 1837 and opened what is now considered the first fine-dining
restaurant in the country. Delmonico’s is older than
some of New York City’s most notable landmarks,
including the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, and Central Park. And, obviously, Delmonico’s is really old. 180 years old. Billy Oliva: 180 years. Taryn: So, how does that history and it being here still today, how does that play into
being an icon of New York? Billy: It’s pretty cool, 180 years. I don’t know how many
restaurants, you know, can say they’re even,
you know, close to that. Absolutely, it is a history destination. Every day there’s usually
one or two tour groups outside of the front door, and they’re explaining the
history of Delmonico’s. John: I’ve been coming to
Delmonico’s probably 20 years. Whenever I’m downtown, if
I have a choice of where I’m eating, what better place can I go to? Taryn: The restaurant was revolutionary, and among the first in the US to introduce gloved waiters,
white-clothed tables, and an à la carte menu. Oscar: Obviously, the name
is such a historical name that people expect something fabulous. And when they do come here, I don’t think anyone is ever sold short. Taryn: Today, executive chef
Billy Oliva leads the kitchen in preserving Delmonico’s
original recipes. Billy: OK, so we’re going
to plate our eggs Benedict, so, very easy, our brioche. Taryn: And how was this
original recipe created? Like, how did this come together? Billy: So, the Delmonico brothers had a lot of regular customers. And they were notorious for naming dishes after their customers. So, Mr. and Mrs. LeGrand
Benedict used to come all the time, and they told the Delmonicos that they were bored of the menu. The Delmonico brothers said, OK, we’re gonna make you something new. And it was eggs Benedict
that they created, was for Mr. and Mrs. LeGrand Benedict. Taryn: And did they like it? I presume they loved it. Billy: ‘Cause it’s around
180-some-odd years still, so. Taryn: I know I’ve had it a few times. Not here, but other
places. It’s that popular. Billy: It’s good hangover food. Taryn: Yeah, oh, yeah. There are a couple of stories of how eggs Benedict came to be. Some say businessman Lemuel
Benedict created the dish while looking for a cure to his hangover at the Waldorf Astoria hotel’s
breakfast buffet in 1894. But Delmonico’s says it
started with the LeGrands in the 1860s, immortalized
in a cookbook in 1894. The restaurant makes more than 100 orders of the original eggs Benedict a week, a plate that’s been
popularized by countless American diners and
restaurants around the world. The Delmonico’s recipe
calls for two poached eggs, toasted brioche, and
charred Black Forest ham. Oliva whisks together
melted butter, vinegar, and Worcestershire
sauce to make the dish’s signature hollandaise sauce. Taryn: Is that caviar? Billy: A little caviar is gonna go on top. Taryn: Truffle and caviar, casually. Egg yolk! [gasps] Oh, my gosh! Did that happen with yours?
Billy: Yeah, it did. Taryn: You didn’t even
react, you’re used to it. You’ve eaten this so many times. That truffle hits you in the face. This stands out, by
far, against every other eggs Benedict I’ve had. Obviously, it has elements
that other eggs Benedict don’t, but this is also the original
with a little bit of… Billy: With a little bit of… flair.
Taryn: Flair, yeah. Delmonico’s flair. Delmonico’s is the birthplace to a couple other American classics, like the Baked Alaska, named to celebrate the US’s purchase of the 49th state, and the legendary Delmonico’s steak. Billy: Yeah, we probably
sell 150 to 200 a day. Taryn: Of Delmonico’s steak? Billy: Yeah.
Taryn: Oh, man! Billy: Like, it’s double what
we sell of everything else. Taryn: The restaurant’s reputation has earned it visits from
some of the biggest names in politics, TV, and film. – Look, we’re going to
Delmonico’s for supper, won’t you join us? – Delmonico’s, obviously
one of the greatest restaurants in the world. – Delmonico’s. – Delmonico’s. – Delmonico’s. Oscar: You never know
who you could find here. You could have the
governor here on one day, and then you could have
Scorsese here on another day. So it’s a place where you never know who’s gonna be sitting next to you. Taryn: What kind of
celebrities have sitten, potentially, where we are sitting? Billy: Wow! Well, I know definitely
we’ve had Whoopi Goldberg. Matter of fact, last
night Sean Penn was here. A lot of history has passed through here. Even people, Tesla is
another one. You know, some people come in, and they’ll
ask, where did Tesla sit? Abe Lincoln was here. Taryn: The list goes on. Billy: Yeah, there’s so many people. Taryn: To this day,
Delmonico’s is considered an old-world New York destination, guaranteeing a historic
tour of fine cuisine to the hundreds of locals and tourists who walk through its doors. John: It’s the type of
place that you go to and you feel the history. There are so many steak houses, and while lot of them are good, they’re all very the same. This place is different. It has character that a lot
of the other ones don’t have.

100 Replies to “How A 180-Year-Old NYC Restaurant Created Eggs Benedict | Legendary Eats”

  1. Yellow Flash says:

    The place is almost 200 yrs old……..that's cray cray

  2. Nissi ASMR says:

    That's nice learning about a little history while hungry.

  3. se7en says:

    3:52 wow 100 orders a week wow thats crazy thats like 20 a 5 day week omfg thats so crazy 100 omfg

  4. Franz Kafka says:

    I dont like people touching my food. Don't care michelin 19 star.


    They hire illegals in the kitchen

  6. Bryan Abad says:

    Im gonna max out my credit card in this place

  7. furself1 says:

    Who cares! Uncle Gussy's food truck at 1:09, top notch!!

  8. furself1 says:

    you all realize the is the entrance to the hotel in John Wick

  9. Golden Girl says:

    Was this her first time poaching an egg

  10. Sensational says:

    "Not many restaurants can say they've been around for 180 years." Meanwhile if you travel to Europe your local pub is 180 years or older.

  11. Xinyi Wang says:

    Weird things YouTube recommends

  12. SQUEEZE-A-ROO says:

    This restaurant's older than countries. Canada's only 152 years old

  13. Long N says:

    Outside looks like Continental Hotel in John Wicks

  14. Death Soul says:

    You know what i hate? The restaurants that were for the average person are now just a matter of status and for rich only. I dont know if this restaurant was what i have just said. But i have many examples to justify what is just said.

  15. venus says:

    Gordon Ramsay has entered the chat

  16. Allen Ma says:

    Dude: can't say there are any restaurants close to being open for 180 years

    botin restaurant: hold my beer real quick bouta end this mans career

  17. Gerald Brienza says:

    L U G A R S…………..

  18. Randy Gravel says:

    Thank you mom and dad for teaching me how to hold my utensils properly when I was a child.

  19. Melissa Rosario says:


  20. Hazy Bear says:

    I would like to go here…this is my favorite breakfast…..but sadly I am poor.

  21. David H. says:

    Wow that's another reason to move to NY ; )

  22. ZaWa Annt says:

    Looks like the continental from John wick

  23. Romain Abbas says:

    This is my fav host she makes me hungry

  24. gabri tardio says:

    Where did the other video go ???

  25. gabri tardio says:

    The one before this one

  26. mad_over_wheels says:

    Their is no fooling me,"This is the hotel where John wick stayed in part1"

  27. Kayleb Moore says:

    I feel like even if I had the money I shouldn’t go because I dress like a bum

  28. King Gaming says:

    How she eats is disguisting did she not get taught how to eat?

  29. John Davis says:

    Don't touch my food, use a fuckin glove. They just had their Michelin stars taken away for that.

  30. War Horse says:

    McDonald’s: Your Cheapskate Deadbeat Dad

    Delmonico: Your Rich Badass Warhero grandpa

  31. RedCannonBusterXL4 says:

    It’s also the Continental

  32. Al Bailey says:

    Someone should teach her how to use a knife and fork

  33. Tess G says:


  34. array s says:

    Is that the same hotel from John Wick's movie?

  35. el comentario irreverente says:

    I always say that if you don’t like Eggs Benedict, you will NEVER be my friend…🙅‍♀️🙅‍♀️🙅‍♀️

  36. Batuhan onetake says:

    do they have ketchup?

  37. R xY says:

    The presenter is annoying. She seems disingenuous.

  38. reallivejay gaming says:

    oh yeah that’ll cost 150 oh you want a more fancier piece? “cuts half” here you go sir it’ll be 500$

  39. Alreen Panaga says:


  40. Mitch Farkas says:

    She’s had Eggs Benedict before.

    Surprised that the yolk ran after cutting into it.

  41. Katia Tannus says:

    The worlds most expensive eggs Benedict

  42. The bread Man says:

    You guys should come to Mary macs tea room in Georgia if ya haven’t yet it’s a georgia land mark

  43. Rudie Obias says:

    Hey! It's The Continental from JOHN WICK!!

  44. Efe Deniz says:

    the history lessons make this video so boring talk about the food geez

  45. Andy says:

    4:32 Who the hell holds their girl like that? I guess she never even ate or dined at fine dining…

  46. Cory Tolbin says:

    ⚠Caution⚠: Falling Snobs In The Comment Section

  47. Asia Creative says:

    Wow, that looks incredible!

  48. ThePipBoy says:

    This is where John wick happened

  49. Taylor Morris says:

    Did the cheese on the thumbnail make anyone else twitch with sudden onset nausea lol?!?

  50. Jessie Fitzmaurice says:

    What is up with the utentisals police in the comments? I literally see nothing wrong with how she was eating, come your shit people.

  51. Green Metro says:

    Me, Black, and with a Billion Dollars:Walks in.
    Host: get your Filthy self outta here boy

  52. bleachiniac says:

    The steak looks great! And finally i saw a fine-dining restaurant that's filled with people..😍

  53. Kea Natane says:

    Has she never had a poached egg before? I mean it's not new lady. They all do the same thing.

  54. To Be Honest says:

    17 bucks! for that small portion

    no thanks

  55. To Be Honest says:

    Another dumb #FoodSider bish

  56. Hamburger says:

    “Popuralised” ?

  57. musix says:

    She is so used to holding dicks that she forgot how to hold forks. Pretty sure she had plenty of experience with Benedict's eggs

  58. Nicolo Tomas says:

    The continental

  59. febrianoars says:

    is that the jown wick building?

  60. Rocco Siffredi says:

    Eggs were over cooked and no spinach

  61. Aatma Parmatma says:

    A big French kiss to you

  62. Ryan DaPleb says:

    Feels like that hotel from John Wick

  63. DuxFeminaFacti says:

    "Who has sitten here?" Are you kidding me … sitten? This is who food insider sends to this restaurant, someone who can't speak or use utensils?

  64. David H. says:

    What's your favorite steak house? (So I know in which one I have to go at my next NY visit.) PS: Great video as always.

  65. Kyle Joerger says:

    When she can’t use a fork 😩😍

  66. Sirsak K c says:

    Poch eggs

  67. Kerra Johnson says:

    I read: "How An 180-Year-Old Eggs Benedict Created NYC"

  68. Zachary Simon says:

    His hollandaise is way too thick

  69. fulaan1 says:

    3:05 Menu doesn't seem nearly as expensive as I expected.

  70. Raul Del Rey says:

    Girl her holding that knife and fork has me SCREAMING 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

  71. Zip Per says:

    Truffle and caviar? casually?

  72. Capt Calder and the Breefcase says:

    Compared to modern fine dining in America (Michelin star spots) this is a VERY approachable menu for even the average consumer.

  73. Marky Mark says:

    This man is truly a new york native. He said "its good hangover food". That it is. That it is.

  74. Amby says:

    “Who has SITTEN here?”

    Well last night we had John Wick as a guest!

  75. jlbpr00 says:

    Union Oyster House Boston MA

  76. Bjarke Rugsted says:

    talking about the restaurant instead of the people who created it, clearly something is either super shallow or just something is not understood about creativity, the place now is just a shell of what made it great

  77. Mr Ed says:

    Wow I was expecting a more expensive menu like twice the price

  78. B Dean says:

    who is this idiotic interviewer

  79. urjuneangel says:

    this restaurant holds more history than Singapore f

  80. Ankur Acharya says:

    the location looks like 'the continental'

  81. Nyla Marie says:

    She is annoying!

  82. Twig let says:

    Eww. Bread with slices of dead pig on. Topped with a chickens period/mucus (boiled until solidified). Topped with the raw eggs from a deceased sturgeon fish. Umm.

  83. Suck This says:


  84. Valerie Irvin says:

    How much will this cost me so I can start saving now, I would have to take a cheap flight with a cheap hotel, dress like I do have some money. Plus enough for a well deserve tip, Damn I'm broke just by writing this post.🙍🙍🙍

  85. patatedouce bb says:

    Wow shes got awful table manners. Holding her tines to the ceiling and chatting with her mouth open.

  86. itz.naenae valdez says:

    She act like she was scared to taste it

  87. benzman500sl says:

    Quit bitching about how she held her folk. Who made you the Fork Nazi's? As for Delmonico's, it's one of those places that you need to dine at at least once in your life before you kiss this world goodbye.

  88. Lalaina Pagan says:

    My poached eggs are far more superior 😂

  89. Serafima Stiller says:

    How does that girl hold her fork. Learn table manners. AMERICANS ARE DUMB AND UNCULTURED

  90. Pf Liu says:

    "Food Insider" and still pronounce Worcestershire wrong

  91. Cur Ergo says:

    Can we talk about how that girl is holding the fork wrong?

  92. Hague1970 says:

    She cannot use the most basic eating utensils. How……

  93. DovRose says:

    She has zero class

  94. Nirja shrestha says:


    Burn in historical building.

  95. Allen Han says:

    The journalist has terrible table utensil manners. Also noting $17.00 for Eggs Benedict this place is pretty affordable.

    Considering they put Cavier and Truffles…

  96. Ben says:

    0:34 – Yet you are there in a shirt covered in Pineapples… What a twat

  97. Ben says:

    This host has the decorum and vocabulary of a 12 year old
    edit: and holds a fork like one too

  98. Wayne Hasch says:

    I have eaten there but no siten there.

  99. Wayne Hasch says:

    She is criticized for her food etiquette, for her language, and for her wardrobe. Tough day…..Poor doll.

  100. Josef Richter says:

    Worcester food police alert: it’s pronounced as “wuster” 😉

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