"You can't have the modern American restaurant without Delmonico's," explains Yale historian Paul Freedman. The restaurant opened in 1837, setting the bar very high for fine dining. Above, a dinner in honor of an admiral held at Delmonico's in 1906. Library of Congress hide caption

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Food For Thought: 10 Restaurants That Shaped America

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Sylvia Woods moves to the music outside her restaurant in Harlem neighborhood of New York, during the restaurant's 40th anniversary celebration in 2002. Stuart Ramson/AP hide caption

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Soul Food Fans Say Goodbye To 'Queen' Sylvia

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