“Through the doors of Luchow’s pass all the famous people of the world.”

1882 – 1983/1984

Alternate Names:

Luchow’s (1917 – 1950, 1983 – 1984)


Restaurant Associates (c. 1979)

Riese Brothers

Jan Mitchell (1950 – ?)

Victor Eckstein (1923 – 1950)

August Guido Lüchow (1882 – 1923)


Satellite locations, including Penn Station (? – 1986)

51st and Broadway (1982 – 1984)

110-112 East 14th Street (1882 – June 1982) [106 East 14th Street annexed in 1910.]


John Cheever, The Stories of John Cheever (2011)

Lewis Mumford, The Sidewalk Critic (1998)

H.L. Mencken, My Life As Author and Editor (1993)

Elia Kazan, The Anatolian (1982)

Judith Rossner, Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1975)

Ludwig Bemelmans, La Bonne Table (1964):

“Only once did I go to dine with Mr. Sigsag, and I never would again. One night we had no party at the hotel, and he said, ‘Come on, I’ll take you to Luchow’s. You’ll like it there.’
The restaurant was in the center of a block on Fourteenth Street, close to the German theater on Irving Place. It was bathed in cigar smoke and beer smells, as such a restaurant should be and always is in Hamburg or Bremen. Antlers hung on its walls, and on its upper level, behind a mahogany banister, an orchestra—a piano, two violins and a cello—played German restaurant pieces.
A red-faced captain, who had been in this restaurant for thirty years, leaned up against the banister with his hands folded over his stomach. He was very kind but beautifully ugly, and had a mouth and throat like an old toad…” (from “Dinner Out,” pp. 59-64).


Prial, Frank J. “Luchow’s Symbol of the Good Old Days.” New York Times, March 24, 1982.

Sissman, L.E. “Luchow’s and After.” New Yorker, November 2, 1968: 64.

Mitchell, Jan. Lüchow’s German Cookbook. Illustrated by Ludwig Bemelmans. Garden City, New York: Doubleday, 1952. [A sample recipe: Lüchow’s Sauerbraten.]

Notable Guests:

Ludwig Bemelmans (Writer/Illustrator)

H.L. Mencken (Journalist): “Nathan and I saw him [James Huneker] for the last time at lunch at Lüchow’s in June 1920. He looked somewhat thin and pasty, but we ascribed his appearance, not to illness, but to the fact that he was drinking tea. Tea in Lüchow’s, the citadel of Pilsner!”

Carl Van Vechten (Writer/Photographer): “Newspaper strike still on. Strange odds and ends of paper come out, dramatic supplement of one, library supplement of another. Lunch at home…Dinner at Luchow’s & home to bed.” [From September 23, 1923 journal entry in New York Diaries, edited by Teresa Carpenter, 2012, p. 307.]

Related Restaurants:

The Four Seasons (Restaurant Associates)

Forum of the Twelve Caesars (Restaurant Associates)

The Hawaiian Room (Restaurant Associates)


Wednesday, November 17, 1976 (New York Public Library, Rare Book Division)


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