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Warren's family recipes cost $70 a plate?

Associated Press Published: May 18, 2012

A blog dedicated to the cultural history of New York City notes that a dinner at Le Pavillon in April 1946 cost about $6 -- that's $70.80 in today's dollars, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics inflation calculator -- per a story printed in the April 1946 edition of Gourmet Magazine.

As late as 1965, the restaurant was a favorite of the Kennedy family. "Some institutions complement each other beautifully, and that's the way it is with the Kennedy family and France's foremost gift to American gastronomy, Henri Soule," wrote The New York Times' Craig Claiborne in October of that year. "Twice over the weekend the family chose his elegant and august Pavillon restaurant as a point of farewell feasting for the departing French Ambassador, Herve Alphand, and his wife."

A fancy French restaurant in Manhattan frequented by British royalty and American political and cultural icons -- as pedigrees go, that's about as far from 'passed down by generations of persecuted Native American grandmothers' as it gets.

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