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Old 10-08-2015, 03:55 PM
 
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The most popular were Horn & Hardart.

The Automat - the History, Recipes, and Allure of Horn & Hardart's Masterpiece.
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Old 10-08-2015, 04:28 PM
 
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Outside of Bugs Bunny cartoons, no.
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Old 10-08-2015, 04:53 PM
 
Location: New York NY
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Yeah, I remember automats. IIRC, there used to be one inside or near to Grand Central which I went to as a kid when my folks took us downtown. But my question is, did anyone else ever do these, or were automats strictly a Horn and Hardart thing?
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Old 10-08-2015, 05:59 PM
 
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I am only 46 but I remember one of the last in NYC. Somewhere near 42nd St. and Lexington Ave.
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Old 10-08-2015, 08:53 PM
 
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That's interesting. I didn't know that there were others, apart fro H&H.

Did you see the exhibit at the NYPL?

Lunch Hour NYC | Lunch Hour NYC : Automat Coffee
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Old 10-08-2015, 09:27 PM
 
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There was also a Horn & Hardart at Times Square. They had a cafeteria style serving line in addition to the pay windows.
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Old 10-08-2015, 10:33 PM
 
Location: Reno, NV
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I barely remember them (I grew up in NY). That would have been mid to late 1960s and I would have been under the age of 10. Of course at age I wanted a slice of cake. According to Wikipedia, "The eateries began to close with the rise of fast-food restaurants"..."the last New York Horn & Hardart Automat (on the southeast corner of 42nd Street and Third Avenue) closed in April 1991." I must say I don't really recall that one even as an adult.
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Old 10-09-2015, 05:09 AM
 
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I remember going to an automat as a young child with my grandmother.
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Old 10-09-2015, 06:01 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn New York
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oh yes for sure, loved them. my gramdma used to take me to them all the time!!!


I believe the last one on 42 and 3rd in NYC was there until the early 80's

We used to go to the one , I believe was Atlantic Ave in Brooklyn somewhere.
My favorite was the franks and beans.

Wow, an era gone by.


Yes,it was only Horn & Hardart



PS: yes, Im old.

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Old 10-09-2015, 06:35 AM
 
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I was working at 42nd and Third from 1989 to 1995 and yes, the last Horn & Hardart was still there. I love old joints and throwbacks, but it actually was some months before I ventured in. New York still had so many old things at that time, I guess I took it for granted.

Anyway, it was interesting. Very 'futuristic' in a Buck Rogers-Art Deco sort of way. You bought tokens and the food was in these things that resembled post office boxes. Kind of like being in a huge vending machine with seats. Food was not the greatest, but better than my college cafeteria.

There were not too many people and I remember thinking it was not long for this world, especially considering the prime location. Sure enough, it became a Gap.

A shame some creative type did not modify it and turn it into a bar.
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