|Tips on Tables - Robert W. Dana - August 1, 1945
Glen Island Casino Enchants Those Who Like
to Dine in Luxury
One of the most enchanting dining-and-dancing rendezvous in this part
of the country is the Glen Island Casino, overlooking Long Island
Sound at New Rochelle. For many years the handsome two-story structure,
perched majestically among the stately trees that dress the small
island, has issued its yearly call to romance, and the youngsters
and oldsters have responded with almost equal enthusiasm.
By all means try to snare a table on one of the small balconies that
jut beyond the French doors off the second-story dining room. From
that vantage point you can eat your meal, hear the music of the orchestra
and take in such refreshing sights as courtin' couples sitting on
the stone wall by the water's edge, young crew huskies practicing
their strokes in one-man shells, steamboats passing each other in
the twilight and the lights of Fort Slocum blinking sleepily in the
Possibly one reason for the casino's smooth operation is the fact
that it has two managers. Eugene Flohr is general manager and Karl
Brandon is resident manager. But you can' t overlook the wise and
gentle direction of Fritz Dittrich, maitre d'hotel. Fritz who has
been at Glen Island for 14 years, is a walking history of the place
and he can tell you what, why and wherefore of the many name bands
that got their start there.
Many Choices Given.
Well-balanced family dinners are featured, with a a la carte menu
for those who want to look further. On the family dinner you have
a choice of appetizer or soup, entree, vegetables, salad from a wooden
bowl, dessert and coffee.
Filet of sole saute amandine. roast prime rib of beef with pan gravy
and lobster casino with butter sauce and saffron rice are specialties
in the entree department. Other typical selections are roast stuffed
Vermont turkey with giblet sauce and Spanish omelet.
If you take Fritz's advice on dessert you will choose coupe St. Jacques,
one of those tasty fruit and ice cream combinations that finishes
off a dinner of regal style.
Dancing After Dinner.
While eating over you will either get up and dance or sit and listen
to the music of Shorty Sherlock and his orchestra. About 10 o'clock
the band begins to jump and the kids with a jitterbug upbringing make
the floor unsafe for those who look upon the waltz as a snappy rhythm.
The only bad thing about visiting the Glen Island Casino is going
home. It's a bitter pill to swallow.
Menu Memos: Glen Island Casino, on Route 1 (Shore Road), New Rochelle.
New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad to New Rochelle, then cab
or Fort Slocum bus to the casino. Family dinners, served from 7 to
9 p.m., $2 to $3. A la carte menu entrees from $1.25. Cocktails from
Above is the cover of the Glen Island Casino
here to view the entire
menu along with cocktails.