This steak is but one modest legacy of a spectacular career.
The singer was decorated by Tsar Nicholas II of Russia in 1910,
the King of Italy in 1912, and as a Commander of the Legion of
Honour of France in 1934. Chaliapin was also well known for
his swearing, backstage brawling and unanticipated antics on stage.
Chaliapin's favorite New Grill, where he ate almost every meal daily,
opened in 1923, several years after the star began performing at
the Metropolitan Opera in New York, where in
his controversial role as Basilio in Rossini's "Barber of Seville"
he appalled Americans with his vivid portrayal of
the oily, vulgar, repugnant priest.