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The Hurricane Night Club, New York 1940s: Four Rarebits and a Scotch Woodcock

Eggs and Rarebits are listed on many old restaurant and nightclub menus, particularly those from the 30s and 40s. These dishes were offered as light supper suggestions or as palate cleansers towards the end of a meal before moving on to dessert. They’re still delicious today.  The Hurricane Nightclub, that occupied a whole floor of the Brill Building at 1619 Broadway, New York, had four different versions of rarebit on offer to their clientele.  Basic Welsh rarebit is a savory, cheesy toast. Here’s one of our favorite recipes from that era: In a small saucepan make a roux by melting 2oz (1/4 cup) of butter and whisking in 2oz (1/4 cup) of flour. Cook for a minute or two and then...

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