A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from December 25, 2018
Neptune Platter or Neptune’s Platter (seafood platter)

Neptune was the god of freshwater and the sea in Roman religion. Many American restaurants have named their seafood plates the “Neptune Platter” or “Neptune’s Platter.”

“NEPTUNE PLATTER—Half Broiled Lobster, Crabmeat Salad, French Fried Potatoes, Cole Slaw ... $1.50” was printed in the Evening Courier (Camden, NJ) on June 26, 1930. “And if you like sea food, try our King Neptune Platter of good things fresh from the waters!” was printed in the Winona (MN) Republican-Herald on May 13, 1949. The “Neptune Platter” name became popular in the 1950s.

A seafood platter is also sometimes called “Seafood Delight.”


Wikipedia: Neptune (mythology)
Neptune (Latin: Neptūnus [nɛpˈtuːnʊs]) was the god of freshwater and the sea in Roman religion. He is the counterpart of the Greek god Poseidon. In the Greek-influenced tradition, Neptune was the brother of Jupiter and Pluto; the brothers presided over the realms of Heaven, the earthly world, and the Underworld. Salacia was his wife.

26 June 1930, Evening Courier (Camden, NJ), pg. 19, col. 7 ad:
Seafood Platters You Will Like
(...)
NEPTUNE PLATTER—Half Broiled Lobster, Crabmeat Salad, French Fried Potatoes, Cole Slaw ... $1.50
(Silver Lake Inn.—ed.)

13 May 1949, Winona (MN) Republican-Herald, pg. 10, col. 1 ad:
The NEW OAKS
Chef KELLY SAYS:
(...)
And if you like sea food, try our King Neptune Platter of good things fresh from the waters!

25 June 1953, Lexington (KY) Leader, pg. 32, col. 2 ad:
“NEPTUNE’S” PLATTER
TWO FILETS OF BROWN PERCH
TWO DEVILED CRAB PATTIES
GOBS OF FRENCH FRIED POTATOES
CRISP COLE SLAW
HOT HOMEMADE ROLLS & BUTTER
HUSHPUPPIES
$1
(Walgreen’s.—ed.)

19 May 1972, Women’s Wear Daily (New York, NY), “At Table” by Doris Tobias, pg. 13, col. 2:
(Hunam restaurant, 845 Second Avenue, near 45th Street.—ed.)
The Lake Tung Ting Shrimp in white sauce are marinated with broccoli, ham, bamboo shoots and mushrooms, but Neptune’s Platter, said to be an assortment of sea treasures, turned out to be mainly shrimp and scallops.

15 November 1975, Columbia (SC) Record, Weekend sec., pg. 2, col. 5 ad:
JAWS Seafood
TRY NEPTUNE’S PLATTER
548 KNOX ABBOTT DRIVE

Google Groups: ba.food
Long John Silvers Coming to Mountain View
Geoff Miller
10/21/08
Al Eisner writes:
> I tried LJS well over a decade ago, and didn’t like it much.

I always wondered what the attraction to LJS was.  You can make the same stuff yourself, for less money, by picking up a package of Mrs. Paul’s fish sticks or filets and warming them in your oven—your very own “Neptune’s Platter.”

Google Books
Seafood Lover’s Chesapeake Bay:
Restaurants, Markets, Recipes & Traditions

By Mary Lou Baker with Holly Smith
Rowman & Littlefield
2015
Pg. 148:
Whether it’s a salmon BLT (grilled salmon, applewood bacon, and fresh lettuce and tomato on Texas toast), an oyster po’ boy served with sriracha mayo on a baguette, or Neptune’s Platter (the whole megillah, featuring scallops, shrimp, a crab cake, fresh fish, seasonal fresh veggies, and a baked potato), Stoney’s seafood fare feeds its guests well, leaving them satisfied and happily stuffed.

Twitter
River Exe Cafe
@riverexecafe
#Oyster, you either love them or hate them! If you love them, tuck into our Neptune’s Platter, full to the brim with all sorts of #seafood!
8:23 AM - 21 Feb 2017

Twitter
Casino Queen
@Casino_Queen
It’s #nationalshrimpday! Celebrate tonight with 50% off our Neptune Platter at SEVENS!
3:00 PM - 10 May 2018

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Tuesday, December 25, 2018 • Permalink