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Empire Diner - NYC

4.0
4
87 Reviews
$30 and under
American

Chelsea's Iconic Empire Diner was built in 1946. With the reopening of this historical landmark, guests can enjoy signature Diner dishes and all-day menu items along with classics inspired by popular American dishes from around the country. Designed by Groundswell Design Group with a modern yet cozy space, keeping the diner's rich history in mind. Diner-style booths were installed in the classic "dining car" building and chrome details from the original diner were preserved throughout. Currently open for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner.

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  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Comfort Food

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 7:30am - 11:00am


    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm


    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:30pm


    Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm


    Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am


    Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

  • Phone number

    (212) 596-7523

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Amanda Freitag

  • Catering

    Off-site catering is available.

  • Neighborhood

    Chelsea

  • Cross street

    22nd St

  • Public transit

    M23 crosstown bus stops at 23rd and 10th ave.<br />Subway C,E stops on 23rd Street and 8th Ave.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Menu

Appetizers

  • Crispy Mozzarella Caprese$13.00

    slow roasted roma tomatoes, baby arugula & basil

    • Reuben Spring Rolls*$12.00

      braised corned beef, sauerkraut, swiss, house-made russian dressing

      • Shrimp Cocktail$14.00

        fresh horseradish, old bay remoulade, house-made cocktail sauce

        • Empire Macs

          Classic - elbow macaroni, american, cheddar & swiss; BLT - pasta shells, fontina, mascarpone, white cheddar, smoked bacon, iceberg & tomato

          • Classic$11.00
          • BLT$13.00
        • Fresh Corn, Jalapeno & Scallion Spoonbread$9.00

          whipped vermont honey butter

          • Kale, Endive & Golden Beet Salad$12.00

            sicilian pistachios, pickled onion, avocado dressing

            • Giorgio's Meatballs*$13.00

              family red sauce, fresh ricotta, warm bread

              • Organic Mixed Baby Green Salad$10.00

                marinated tomatoes, cucumber, champagne vinaigrette

                • Blooming Onion 'Nachos'*$14.00

                  queso fundido, smoked bacon, pickled jalapenos, tomatoes, iceberg & avocado cream

                  Soups

                  • Roasted Butternut Squash$9.00

                    maple creme fraiche & pumpkin seeds

                    • Soup of the Day

                      ask your server

                      Entreés

                      • Pan Roasted Antibiotic-Free Chicken$25.00

                        haricots verts, whipped potatoes, chicken jus

                        • Steak Frites$24.00

                          seared skirt steak & fries

                          • Roasted Salmon$26.00

                            butternut squash puree, brussels sprouts, smoked bacon, sherry maple glaze

                            • Farro Risotto$20.00

                              roasted fall vegetables, parmesan & mascarpone cheese

                              • Fish & Chips$18.00

                                atlantic white fish, tartar sauce, malt vinegar, fries

                                • Pork Schnitzel$26.00

                                  caramelized onions, roasted sweet potatoes, bacon lardon, wilted kale, warm egg

                                  • Spaghetti & Giorgio's Meatballs$19.00

                                    parmesan, family red sauce, fresh ricotta & basil

                                    Between the Bread

                                    additions cheese $2, smoked bacon $2, caramelized onion $1.50, avocado $2, mushrooms $2, fried egg $2

                                    • Empire Reuben$16.00

                                      hand sliced corned beef, sauerkraut, swiss, russian dressing on rye

                                      • Short Rib Dip$17.00

                                        whipped potato, wilted kale, aged cheddar, ciabatta, braising jus & fries

                                        • New England Lobster Roll$21.00

                                          warm split top bun & old bay fries

                                          • Turkey Burger$16.00

                                            english muffin, green goddess, roasted tomatoes, arugula

                                            • Butcher's Burger$15.00

                                              butcher's beef blend, soft potato bun & fries

                                              Entreé Salads

                                              protein additions: seared yellowfin tuna $7, grilled chicken $6, skirt steak $8, shrimp $8

                                              • Classic Caesar$14.00

                                                romaine, parmesan, herb crouton

                                                • Nicoise$18.00

                                                  seared yellowfin tuna, baby greens, haricots verts, fingerling potato, red onion, egg & dijon vinaigrette

                                                  • Empire Greek$16.00

                                                    shredded romaine, cucumber, tomato, kalamata olives, chickpeas, bell pepper, feta, warm pita

                                                    • Steak & Tomatoes$22.00

                                                      marinated prime skirt steak, beefsteak tomatoes, red onion, aged balsamico

                                                      Sides

                                                      • Parmesan Truffle Tots$10.00

                                                        roasted garlic aioli

                                                        • French Fries$7.00

                                                          • Sweet Potato Fries$8.00

                                                            • Charred Brussels Sprouts$7.00

                                                              • Haricots Verts$8.00

                                                                garlic & shallot

                                                                • Baby Greens$4.00

                                                                  Blue Plate

                                                                  • Monday - Eggplant Parm Lasagna$21.00

                                                                    crispy eggplant layered between fresh pasta, ricotta, parmesan, family red sauce

                                                                    • Tuesday - Pulled Pork Sandwich$18.00

                                                                      carolina bbq sauce, sour slaw & house-made potato chips

                                                                      • Wednesday - Linguini & Clams$21.00

                                                                        parsley, roasted garlic & white wine

                                                                        • Thursday - Crab Cakes$28.00

                                                                          red pepper relish, old bay remoulade

                                                                          • Friday - Hot Chicken$17.00

                                                                            twice fried, sour slaw, house-made pickles

                                                                            • Saturday - Old School Chicken Parm$20.00

                                                                              family red sauce, fresh mozzarella & parmesan

                                                                              • Sunday - Beef Short Ribs$26.00

                                                                                roasted root vegetables, mascarpone grits

                                                                                Breakfast

                                                                                • Buttermilk Pancakes$12.00

                                                                                  vermont maple syrup

                                                                                  • Fresh Ricotta Omelette$14.00

                                                                                    slow roasted tomatoes

                                                                                    • Lobster Scramble$18.00

                                                                                      poached lobster, fines herbes, mascarpone

                                                                                      • Belgian Waffles$15.00

                                                                                        berry mascarpone cream, vermont maple syrup

                                                                                        • Market Omelette$13.00

                                                                                          roasted broccoli, mushrooms, caramelized onions, cheddar

                                                                                          Last updated: April 27, 2019

                                                                                          What 87 people are saying

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                                                                                          4.0
                                                                                          4.0 based on all time ratings
                                                                                          • 4.0Food
                                                                                          • 3.9Service
                                                                                          • 4.0Ambience
                                                                                          • 4.3Value

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                                                                                          1. CJ

                                                                                            CJRK

                                                                                            New York Area

                                                                                            32 reviews

                                                                                            vip
                                                                                            1.0

                                                                                            32 reviews

                                                                                            Dined on December 13, 2015

                                                                                            overall1food1service1ambience1

                                                                                            Upon arrival we were informed that they would be opening late because it was their last day and they had to go food shopping! We chose not to wait and went elsewhere. We later learned that the reason for closing was that they were $119,000 behind in rent. Later in the day we noticed that Open Table was still accepting reservations for this restaurant. Oops! Do I still get my points? My ratings are meaningless as I never set foot in te place.

                                                                                          2. n

                                                                                            nochbo

                                                                                            Dallas

                                                                                            50 reviews

                                                                                            vip
                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                            50 reviews

                                                                                            Dined on December 12, 2015

                                                                                            overall5food3service3ambience4

                                                                                            We very much enjoyed our experience, but we were told the restaurant was closing forever.

                                                                                          3. S

                                                                                            Sportsgirl

                                                                                            New York Area

                                                                                            129 reviews

                                                                                            vip
                                                                                            1.0

                                                                                            129 reviews

                                                                                            Dined on December 3, 2015

                                                                                            overall1food2service2ambience3

                                                                                            Went for lunch. Food was mediocre diner quality. Patty melt was very greasy and a tiny patty for $15. Tacos were better but unexceptional. Service was friendly but slow.

                                                                                          4. R

                                                                                            Recommended

                                                                                            New York Area

                                                                                            110 reviews

                                                                                            vip
                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                            110 reviews

                                                                                            Dined on November 29, 2015

                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                            I hadn't been to the Empire Diner in Chelsea in over 30 years, and it's just as great as I remember it when I was living in Manhattan and went there often. Their food isn't "diner" food, and their service isn't "diner" service. Don't hesitate - go!

                                                                                          5. OT

                                                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                                                            St. Louis

                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                            Dined on November 28, 2015

                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                            Chicken and cheddar waffles were amazing. Chicken was crisp and juicy. Enjoyed sitting outside.

                                                                                          6. LW

                                                                                            LvdW

                                                                                            Milwaukee

                                                                                            2 reviews

                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                            2 reviews

                                                                                            Dined on November 26, 2015

                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                            We were staying in NYC for Thankgiving and needed a place to have our turkey dinner. Most places that took reservations had expensive (eg. $89pp) fixed menus that my kids frowned at. They don't want truffle stuffing, for example. These places are probably great for adults but would have been a huge waste of money for us. On the other hand, some diners we looked into weren't taking reservations. We found the Empire Diner in Chelsea which served (in addition to their full menu) a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for around $30. They have a fun, diner setting and we were able to explore the local "Highline" park while in the neighborhood. Everything was delicious and exactly as the kids expected.

                                                                                          7. C

                                                                                            Chelsea

                                                                                            New York Area

                                                                                            37 reviews

                                                                                            vip
                                                                                            4.0

                                                                                            37 reviews

                                                                                            Dined on November 20, 2015

                                                                                            overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                                            It looks like a diner, but the food is so much above the standard diner fare. This is sophisticated cuisine in a friendly diner atmosphere.

                                                                                          8. J

                                                                                            Jason

                                                                                            New York Area

                                                                                            107 reviews

                                                                                            vip
                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                            107 reviews

                                                                                            Dined on November 14, 2015

                                                                                            overall5food4service4ambience5

                                                                                            So glad this place opened. The food is always great. Miss the grilled cheese though they use to have

                                                                                          9. N

                                                                                            Nigel

                                                                                            London

                                                                                            2 reviews

                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                            2 reviews

                                                                                            Dined on November 9, 2015

                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                            Fabulous old fashioned style Diner in Chelsea, Manhattan, New York. Excellent burgers, friendly staff and a real fun place to eat.

                                                                                          10. PS

                                                                                            PSBDC

                                                                                            Washington DC

                                                                                            19 reviews

                                                                                            vip
                                                                                            3.0

                                                                                            19 reviews

                                                                                            Dined on November 6, 2015

                                                                                            overall3food3service2ambience3

                                                                                            My wife's omelette took 40 minutes to make it to the table, and my waffles were a bit undercooked. Given the advance hype, the food and service should have been better.

                                                                                          11. KH

                                                                                            KennethH

                                                                                            New York Area

                                                                                            6 reviews

                                                                                            vip
                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                            6 reviews

                                                                                            Dined on November 6, 2015

                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                            Always delicious food and excellent service.

                                                                                          12. AP

                                                                                            AntonioP

                                                                                            New York Area

                                                                                            38 reviews

                                                                                            vip
                                                                                            3.0

                                                                                            38 reviews

                                                                                            Dined on October 31, 2015

                                                                                            overall3food2service2ambience4

                                                                                            Wait staff were distracted tonight and food had become nothing special. It's disappointing because the new, reinvented, Empire was a welcomed addition back into the neighborhood. Now that Amanda Freitag is no longer actively involved the menu became simpler, that's not bad by itself, and just OK instead of delicious. Also, service varies based on whether one of the owners is in the house. When one of them is, the team is efficient yet friendly, when not less so. Looking forward to the Empire getting back to a good place.

                                                                                          13. n

                                                                                            nyclafoodlover

                                                                                            New York Area

                                                                                            28 reviews

                                                                                            vip
                                                                                            4.0

                                                                                            28 reviews

                                                                                            Dined on October 29, 2015

                                                                                            overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                                                            It was my first time at Empire Diner. I know i know, it took me long enough! The service was great. The food was good. I had the spaghetti and meatballs. My 3 friends had the nicoise salad, the hamburger and the soup of the day. Everyone was pleased with their food selection. But the action and fun was at the bar not at our table. For a Wednesday night it was hopping!! I have to come back and eat at the bar.

                                                                                          14. B

                                                                                            Bella

                                                                                            Sydney

                                                                                            2 reviews

                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                            2 reviews

                                                                                            Dined on October 27, 2015

                                                                                            overall5food1service1ambience1

                                                                                            We had a breakfast booking for 9am. When we arrived the diner was full of what appeared to be a school group. When we enquired about our Open Table reservation, the manager told me to look around so that I could see how busy the diner was and how it would be almost impossible for him to seat us and feed us. Apparently his kitchen was so busy and backed up (to use his words) that we wouldn't be fed in a reasonable time. His manner was so rude and the intimation was that somehow we were making things difficult for him. He directed us to some other eateries in the area. Why would our Open Table reservation be accepted causing us to make the time and effort of getting to the diner if they couldn't honour our booking?

                                                                                          15. m

                                                                                            madg1976

                                                                                            New York Area

                                                                                            45 reviews

                                                                                            vip
                                                                                            3.0

                                                                                            45 reviews

                                                                                            Dined on October 24, 2015

                                                                                            overall3food2service4ambience3

                                                                                            This place is sometimes great and sometimes not. I am surprised mostly because the Chef is so inflexible. There should be a rule book in the back of all menus, "Thou Shall Not..." One would think that her way or the highway attitude would translate into solid plates. I come back often though because overall the place is good, particularly for brunch and it is close to my apartment. My steak was chewy. I have never had a piece of steak this chewy and I am including actual diners that serve thawed meat from Sysco. On the other hand all the front end staff is great this evening although sometimes there is definitely attitude.

                                                                                          16. A

                                                                                            Aussie2015

                                                                                            Brisbane

                                                                                            8 reviews

                                                                                            4.0

                                                                                            8 reviews

                                                                                            Dined on October 23, 2015

                                                                                            overall4food4service4ambience3

                                                                                            Good food. Very pleasant waiting staff. Very cool ambience.

                                                                                          17. 8

                                                                                            822newp

                                                                                            Chicago

                                                                                            28 reviews

                                                                                            vip
                                                                                            4.0

                                                                                            28 reviews

                                                                                            Dined on October 23, 2015

                                                                                            overall4food3service4ambience4

                                                                                            I came here while visiting NYC over the weekend because I like the show Chopped, in particular one of the chefs Amanda Freitag, and wanted to check out her restaurant. The ambiance is pleasant and unassuming, which I really liked. I'm sure many of the items are very good...I just think I ordered the wrong thing (the pork schnitzel). I usually love all schnitzel but this was, itself, pretty tasteless. It was topped with some good flavored (lardons, pear, etc) but the pork itself was quite underwhelming. I'd go back but probably research a better dish.

                                                                                          18. S

                                                                                            Sally

                                                                                            Philadelphia

                                                                                            10 reviews

                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                            10 reviews

                                                                                            Dined on October 19, 2015

                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                            I loved everything about Empire Diner, from the cool throwback diner decorations to the delicious menu options. I wanted to order everything, but went with the brisket over polenta special and was very happy. The reuben egg rolls were also great. Will definitely be coming back and bringing friends!

                                                                                          19. JD

                                                                                            JoeyD

                                                                                            Seattle

                                                                                            8 reviews

                                                                                            2.0

                                                                                            8 reviews

                                                                                            Dined on October 18, 2015

                                                                                            overall2food1service2ambience1

                                                                                            I came to NYC recently to visit a good friend and was really looking forward to have some delicious eats while I was there. One of my first picks was Empire Diner. I've been a fan of the alleged owner Amanda Freitag for years. I made a reservation for Sunday brunch. We walked in and were greeted and seated right away. It was beyond uncomfortably cold inside. There was a pretty intense drop in temperature that weekend so maybe to be expected? In my excitement I asked our server to give me some menu highlights or recommendations of things maybe I shouldn't miss. He had no knowledge or insight for me. He said the whole menu was new and hadn't really tried anything on it. Let me just say I've been in the restaurant industry for 13 years and know that this is either due to extremely poor management or simple laziness, either way I went in blind with what sounded appealing. We shared the fried mozzarella which was incredibly under seasoned and despite the crunch, all in all, very underwhelming. I had the Ricotta Omelette with "slow roasted" tomatoes. There was very little ricotta in the overcooked, rubbery and under seasoned omelette . A small amount of tomatoes tossed on top. The breakfast potatoes had no flavor and were limp and greasy. My friend ordered the steak and eggs. The server asked what temp she wanted the steak cooked. She ordered the steak medium rare and it came well done with a very sweet Romesco sauce. I'm writing this review because this entire experience was very disappointing. New York is a cornucopia of places to dine and I know that what I say probably doesn't matter. But I wanted to let someone know of the experience I had just in case there is still someone who cares about the level of service or the quality of the food being served at Empire Diner.

                                                                                          20. KH

                                                                                            KennethH

                                                                                            New York Area

                                                                                            6 reviews

                                                                                            vip
                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                            6 reviews

                                                                                            Dined on October 16, 2015

                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                            This place definitely exceeded my expectations. The food was absolutely delicious and the service was great too. We will certainly be returning!

                                                                                          21. J

                                                                                            Jim10011

                                                                                            New York Area

                                                                                            52 reviews

                                                                                            vip
                                                                                            1.0

                                                                                            52 reviews

                                                                                            Dined on October 14, 2015

                                                                                            overall1food1service3ambience3

                                                                                            How much gristle can you fit into a single hamburger? Test the limits here at Empire Diner, where every mouthful is chock full of inedible cartilage requiring a spit. It seems that they cannot manage to maintain acceptable quality in even the most basic foods. Not that it was always like this, I've had better burgers at Empire, but the quality of the food here seems to deteriorate with every visit. And the burger is not the only disappointment on the menu. Recently the yellow gazpacho tasted like a toxic brew. How can they get fresh tomatoes to taste that bad? Some time ago, I had a pork chop that came highly recommended by the waitress that required a buzz saw to cut into. After the burger experience, my partner asked me, "how many times are we going to try this place?" I think we're both done with Empire Diner for good.

                                                                                          22. TG

                                                                                            TinaG

                                                                                            New England

                                                                                            3 reviews

                                                                                            4.0

                                                                                            3 reviews

                                                                                            Dined on October 11, 2015

                                                                                            overall4food5service3ambience5

                                                                                            Steak and eggs rocked. Corn spoon bread was unique and delicious. Good chicken and waffles. Outdoor seating in nice weather. Nostalgic atmosphere. Oh yeah, nice spicy Bloody Mary!

                                                                                          23. DJ

                                                                                            DJQ25

                                                                                            New York Area

                                                                                            46 reviews

                                                                                            vip
                                                                                            3.0

                                                                                            46 reviews

                                                                                            Dined on October 8, 2015

                                                                                            overall3food5service4ambience3

                                                                                            Food was fantastic and creative. Inside was noisy but outside delightful during the non -winter season. Went by the other night and it had closed. Will miss it!

                                                                                          24. DS

                                                                                            DavidS

                                                                                            New York Area

                                                                                            38 reviews

                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                            38 reviews

                                                                                            Dined on October 7, 2015

                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                            Great welcoming vibe - very nice ambiance and tasty food. One of my favorite places.

                                                                                          25. J

                                                                                            Jason

                                                                                            New York Area

                                                                                            107 reviews

                                                                                            vip
                                                                                            4.0

                                                                                            107 reviews

                                                                                            Dined on October 3, 2015

                                                                                            overall4food3service5ambience5

                                                                                            Love this place. Service is always great and so are the drinks. Has become a staple in the hood

                                                                                          26. J

                                                                                            John

                                                                                            London

                                                                                            2 reviews

                                                                                            2.0

                                                                                            2 reviews

                                                                                            Dined on October 2, 2015

                                                                                            overall2food2service3ambience2

                                                                                            Ok, so for a box to tick on a tourist to do list, this is a classic American Diner. However, the food isn't great and the price is simply ridiculous. The owners are clearly trading on it being for tourists. I don't think any local would ever bother.

                                                                                          27. N

                                                                                            Nycvisitor

                                                                                            New York Area

                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                            Dined on September 28, 2015

                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                            The food was both creative and very tasty. The spoon bread was especially good.

                                                                                          28. B

                                                                                            Bonz

                                                                                            New York Area

                                                                                            60 reviews

                                                                                            vip
                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                            60 reviews

                                                                                            Dined on September 27, 2015

                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                            I love Empire Diner. The food is delicious, elevated Diner comfort food and really caring service. Empire gives you the option of being super healthy and going with kale or quinoa or you can have fries with that. They are dog friendly and I love sitting outside with my dog, friends' dogs and friends, enjoying the view, good food and good company.

                                                                                          29. H

                                                                                            Hobokenken

                                                                                            New York Area

                                                                                            90 reviews

                                                                                            vip
                                                                                            4.0

                                                                                            90 reviews

                                                                                            Dined on September 26, 2015

                                                                                            overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                                                            Been here several times and its always really good. Great classic diner fod updated. Pleasant service. Cool vibe.

                                                                                          30. t

                                                                                            tzigane

                                                                                            New York Area

                                                                                            33 reviews

                                                                                            vip
                                                                                            2.0

                                                                                            33 reviews

                                                                                            Dined on September 20, 2015

                                                                                            overall2food2service1ambience1

                                                                                            We were looking for a typical diner to take our French guests to. Instead this place has a menu comprised of bizarre combinations of american, tex-mex, french and god knows what else. The food was greasy and very expensive for what it was. They put us in the back at first next to a very noisy table, and then seemed put out when we asked to move to a table outside that was vacant the whole time.

                                                                                          31. OT

                                                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                                                            New York Area

                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                            Dined on September 18, 2015

                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                            Great food, great service. Lovely place with great atmosphere

                                                                                          32. j

                                                                                            jesz

                                                                                            Los Angeles

                                                                                            23 reviews

                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                            23 reviews

                                                                                            Dined on September 13, 2015

                                                                                            overall5food5service3ambience5

                                                                                            Amanda Freitag's food never fails to impress. Spectacular, as always. The service, however, could be better. Our first waiter didn't drink wine and had no idea about any of the wines on the wine list. The second waiter also didn't know the wine list and could not make any recommendations.

                                                                                          33. J

                                                                                            Jim10011

                                                                                            New York Area

                                                                                            52 reviews

                                                                                            vip
                                                                                            3.0

                                                                                            52 reviews

                                                                                            Dined on September 5, 2015

                                                                                            overall3food3service3ambience4

                                                                                            The food can be good but it is spotty. The burger is generally good. Service is generally good. Decor is great as they have retained the charm and ambience of the old diner. In general, don't stray from the staples and don't expect too much and it will be fine.

                                                                                          34. D

                                                                                            Dolittle

                                                                                            New York Area

                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                            2.0

                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                            Dined on September 1, 2015

                                                                                            overall2food2service2ambience2

                                                                                            We found this place to be very expensive for what your experience would be.

                                                                                          35. N

                                                                                            Neil

                                                                                            New York Area

                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                            4.0

                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                            Dined on August 27, 2015

                                                                                            overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                                            Although this restaurants has "diner" it is much more than that. I liked the ambiance of the place and the service was good. The food was good and the portions were plentiful. We particularly liked the shrimp to start and the pork escalope.

                                                                                          36. S

                                                                                            Soren

                                                                                            New York Area

                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                            Dined on August 25, 2015

                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                            Great food, excellent service (from waiters that seems to really like their job), and few but amazingly good beers.

                                                                                          37. m

                                                                                            mprush

                                                                                            New York Area

                                                                                            11 reviews

                                                                                            vip
                                                                                            4.0

                                                                                            11 reviews

                                                                                            Dined on August 20, 2015

                                                                                            overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                                            Great staff, really good food. Wish I lived around the corner, can see why it has regulars.

                                                                                          38. LH

                                                                                            LHerrm

                                                                                            Philadelphia

                                                                                            9 reviews

                                                                                            vip
                                                                                            2.0

                                                                                            9 reviews

                                                                                            Dined on August 17, 2015

                                                                                            overall2food2service2ambience2

                                                                                            Since Amanda left her executive chef duties, food quality has bottomed out:(

                                                                                          39. J

                                                                                            Jason

                                                                                            New York Area

                                                                                            107 reviews

                                                                                            vip
                                                                                            4.0

                                                                                            107 reviews

                                                                                            Dined on August 15, 2015

                                                                                            overall4food4service5ambience2

                                                                                            Not sure what was going on but it was steaming hot inside the dining room on a 93 degree day. They either had their AC down way too low or it was broken. Aside from that the food and service was excellent as usual.

                                                                                          40. A

                                                                                            Angie

                                                                                            Richmond

                                                                                            4 reviews

                                                                                            2.0

                                                                                            4 reviews

                                                                                            Dined on August 7, 2015

                                                                                            overall2food2service1ambience3

                                                                                            We were very disappointed in the food quality and the service on a recent Friday evening. It was a beautiful night for outdoor dining, but misinformation from the inattentive server (we asked if soup was hot or chilled before ordering, server said hot, it was not), and inedible chick pea purée served with salmon, we're just 2 examples among multiple disappointments during our experience.

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                                                                                          • Cross street

                                                                                            22nd St

                                                                                          • Neighborhood

                                                                                            Chelsea

                                                                                          • Hours of operation

                                                                                            Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 7:30am - 11:00am


                                                                                            Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm


                                                                                            Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:30pm


                                                                                            Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm


                                                                                            Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am


                                                                                            Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

                                                                                          • Cuisines

                                                                                            American, Comfort Food

                                                                                          • Dining style

                                                                                            Casual Dining

                                                                                          • Dress code

                                                                                            Casual Dress

                                                                                          • Public transit

                                                                                            M23 crosstown bus stops at 23rd and 10th ave.<br />Subway C,E stops on 23rd Street and 8th Ave.

                                                                                          • Payment options

                                                                                            AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                                                                          • Executive chef

                                                                                            Amanda Freitag

                                                                                          • Additional

                                                                                            Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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