The Most Spectacular Restaurant In The World: The Twin Towers, Windows On The World, And The Rebirth Of New York by Tom RostonThe Most Spectacular Restaurant In The World: The Twin Towers, Windows On The World, And The Rebirth Of New York by Tom Roston

The Most Spectacular Restaurant In The World: The Twin Towers, Windows On The World, And The…

byTom Roston

Hardcover | September 10, 2019

Pricing and Purchase Info

$31.15 online 
$35.00 list price save 11%
Earn 156 plum® points

Prices and offers may vary in store

Quantity:

Pre-order online

Ships free on orders over $25

Not yet available in stores

about

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 nearly 150 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. 
A journalist for over 20 years, Tom Roston worked at The Nation and Vanity Fair, and was a senior editor at Premiere for a decade. His work has appeared in the New York Times, New York Magazine, and more. Roston writes about documentary films for PBS.org. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. 
Loading
Title:The Most Spectacular Restaurant In The World: The Twin Towers, Windows On The World, And The…Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:September 10, 2019Publisher:Abrams PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1419737996

ISBN - 13:9781419737992

Reviews

Editorial 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.”