Toots Shor’s Restaurant – Old New York at it’s Best

March 6, 2009

Mr. Shor seated at the bar at his restaurant

Mr. Shor seated at the bar at his restaurant - Image:AP

Mr. Toots Shor was a restaurateur and owner of the legendary Old New York restaurant “Toots Shor’s Restaurant”.  Mr. Shor kept close friends such as Frank Sinatra, Joe DiMaggio, Marilyn Monroe and just about every important celebrity from the 1940’s-1950’s.  Mr. Sintara even mentions Toot Shor’s Restaurant in his duet with Sammy Davis Jr., “My Shadow and Me”.  Check out some of the great paraphanelia and images below.

Toot's Menu

Toot's Menu - Image: http://www.tipsontables.com

Toots Shor's Restaurant - By Leroy Neiman

Toots Shor's Restaurant - By Leroy Neiman

Detail of Mr. Neiman's painting featuring Mr. Shor & Mr. Sinatra seated at the bar

Detail of Mr. Neiman's painting featuring Mr. Shor & Mr. Sinatra seated at the bar

Older Menu signed by Babe Ruth

Older Menu signed by Babe Ruth

Matchbook signed by Mr. Shor - Image:www.deansandfranks.com

Matchbook signed by Mr. Frank Sinatra - Image:www.deansandfranks.com

Ash tray

Ash tray

Toots all business in the corner with Jackie Gleason, Don Larson, and Frank Scott

Mr. Shor is all business in the corner with Jackie Gleason, Don Larson, and Frank Scott

There’s some great footage of Toots and the restaurant in the clip below:

11 Responses to “Toots Shor’s Restaurant – Old New York at it’s Best”

  1. otto said

    It was a sad state of affairs when Joe Dimagio stopped speaking to Toots Shor because of Toots’ remark relating to Marilyn as being loose with her favors.

    Even years later, both men were visiting the Yankee dugout. Joe was their first, and when Toots showed up, Joe left the locker room to go into the training room until he was assured that Toots had left.

    They never did reconcile. And, so ended one of the most interesting friendships in the New York of the time.

  2. Elaine said

    …”I damn near wet my pants!” Love it!

  3. Al Shumate said

    This is cool – I think one of the funniest stories about Shor’s was the race between Toot’s and Jackie Gleason around the block as told in Audrey Meadows’ book “Love, Alice”

  4. Jean D'Amato said

    My mother worked for Toots for over 20 years as his switchboard operator. I have many fond memories of Mr. Shor and his restaurant and also a wonderful collection of autographs from her years there. I think it wonderful that there is so much out there about Mr. Shor. He was truly a wonderful man.

  5. Anthony said

    My Uncle Jow was a Bartender there for 30 years.. Joe Chickory

  6. FRANK CHICK said

    MY UNCLE BOB WORKED AS A BARTENDER 1950 INTO THE SIXTIES.
    SOMEOF THE STORIES HE WOULD TELL WERE HILARIOUS.

    HE ALWAYS SAID TOOTS “THE OLD MAN” WAS THE BEST BOSS HE EVER HAD.
    ONE EVENING THERE WAS A CUSTOMER ABUSING ONE OF HIS BARTENDERS, TOOTS WALKED OVER AND TOLD THIS NOTABLE THAT ONLY HE COULD DO THAT AND HE THREW THE GUY OUT.

    FRANK

  7. William L said

    I was 10 years old at Toots Shor with my parents and asked Jackie Gleason to sign a menu for me. Not knowing who he was sitting with, Jackie Gleason looks at me and instead of just signing asks me – ‘you know who this guy is’? I looked at the other guy he was with and said no Mr Gleason. Jackie then say’s ‘hey Toots what do you think about this kid stealing your menu’? I still have the menu today signed by Jackie Gleason!

  8. Jim Dudley said

    My dad was a good friend of Toots. He got to know Toots as an NFL player and friend of Don Ameche. In the mid Fifties, My brother, was on his last legs with leukemia, and my folks took him to New York to see what could be done. Toots said “Bill, you all just eat here, as you like, as long as you like, and it’s on me, until this is over.” He treated my Dad like gold, and he never forgot it.

  9. martha said

    I have a menu signed by Toot’s Shore from the W. 52nd street restaurant in June 1962

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