"The staff of 'Vanity Fair' met on Fridays in the old editorial rooms, 113 Nassau Street, and drank, and smoked, and discussed the next issue. The general gathering place of the clan, however, was in Pfaff's beer cellar in Broadway. If the New England authors, serene upon their transcendental heights, taught the virtues of plain living and high thinking, the frequenters of Pfaff's believed as potently in high thinking and hard drinking."SOURCE: Smyth, Albert H. Bayard Taylor Detroit: Gale Research Co. 1970, pp. 137-8.
See also: Howells, William Dean Literary Friends and Acquaintences... New York & London 1911, pp. 70-1.