The Lessing’s Story: Founded in 1890 by Maxwell Lessing, the company began with the goal of providing services to coffee shops in lower Manhattan. The business grew, and by 1917 was operating a bakeshop, commissary and other food services from a downtown location on Jones Lane situated near Wall Street. By the late 1920s, Lessing’s was serving meals to New York’s workforce in as many as 20 locations, among them the famous Woolworth Building.
Lessing’s is a company that can proudly boast some of the most significant milestones in food service. From being the first company to actually “serve” the sandwich in New York’s food service industry, to being the first to serve Coca-Cola in New York City, Lessing’s has long been on the forefront of innovation in providing great food to our customers. It’s at the heart of everything we do at Lessing’s…and it’s exactly what you’d expect from a sixth generation, family owned and operated business.
Today, we own and operate some of the New York area’s finest dining establishments, and are one of the most recognizable names in catering on Long Island. Lessing’s does it all, with our unique locations including scenic country clubs and magnificent historic Mansions, to running some of Long Island’s most popular restaurants, to offering off-site catering and picnic options. We do all this with the same commitment to quality and excellence upon which Maxwell Lessing founded the business more than a century ago.