“At the old beefsteaks they almost always had storytellers, men who would entertain with stories in Irish and German dialect. And when the people got tired of eating and drinking, they would harmonize. You could hear them from blocks away.”

All you could ever want to know about these historic and notorious beefsteak dinners can be found in Joseph Mitchell’s

“All You Can Hold for Five Bucks,” published in The New Yorker way back in 1939!