Brooklyn Diner

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$30 and under
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American
The Brooklyn Diner is the perfect place for breakfast, lunch and dinner – it's the food you really want to eat. It's that feeling of going back to the old neighborhood, of Brooklyn, the best of New York.
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4.2
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4.2
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4.2
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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Will be back!

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The place is charming and the staff were very efficient and friendly. The food was very good. The Chicken potpie was fantastic. Located right across the street from Carnegie Hall. Kind of expensive but your in NYC you kind of expect that. They are also very accommodating to children which is a welcome touch.

EE
New England
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Relatively simple menu with delicious choices in a diner atmosphere. Not too noisy, and pleasant service. The pea soup (with hot dogs) is a taste treat. Reservations recommended.

SF
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Real throwback to the old style diners. Right across from Carnagie Hall. Great food. Would definitely return.

JV
Mexico City
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Caro y nada especial

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R
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Staff is very nice. Food is mediocre. Service was slow. One person ordered a burger rare -- it was basically raw. Fortunately, he likes tartares.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When we visited NYC we wanted an old style diner. This place was great. Food and service was excellent. Definitely worth a visit

R
New England
42 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We've eaten at the Brooklyn Diner in the past, and chose to have our last breakfast there before heading back to New England. The diner was literally a short walk from our hotel. The eggs benedict with smoked salmon was excellent and the pancakes were also very good. We knew before we even arrived in NYC that we would be eating there for at least one meal.

JR
New England
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience4

Breakfast is great, lunch is gross. Fries taste like they were cooked in the same oil as fish.

AA
New England
25 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Disappointing to find there was no draft beer and bottled beer offering was imported lager.
The cheesecake was excellent and the host and server was very good.
Great environment but the pastrami sandwich was not brilliant.
Would I go again? Maybe if they had a beer.
Is it worth a visit? Yes..

N
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We love the Brooklyn Diner, especially when we are headed for a performance at Carnegie Hall or the New York City Center. Is this high-end gourmet cuisine? No. Is it fantastic dinner food. You bet. And my food ratings are based on that view. All that said, however, the chocolate cake would rate a 5+ in any restaurant of any class anywhere in the world. IMHO.

OT
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I would add more options to the breakfast menu, everything else was good!

t
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Although this is definitely a touristy place, it's also awesome food. We had the chicken soup and the pea soup, both wonderful. Pastrami Reuben, Salmon and Noodle Kugel, all so very very delicious. Salmon was cooked perfectly and the sauce was scrumptious.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service; very accommodating with special requests. So happy that they opened after their renovations in time for our NYC visit!!!

S
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The atmosphere on new years eve was terrific and the staff were friendly and helpful.
The service was good .. our waiter in particular was efficient ..polite and attentive to our needs.
The prices are a little steep for some items but no more than a lot of restaurants in this area.
The drinks and milk shakes are not cheap.
Sadly the real downfall was the quality of the food.
Chips were virtually cold on arrival and as stiff as cardboard... the burger was undercooked and the bacon cold and very chewy...chicken burger tasted heavily of green peppers which wasn't mentioned on menu.
If the food was anywhere near equal to the service and the ambience I would be rating this a 5/5 !

NC
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Way overpriced $$...average food.
Expected more...was a mistake to stop...

J
New York Area
116 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The Chinese Chicken Salad has changed - not as good as the original recipe.
Wish they had Coffee ice cream sodas and Coffee Milkshakes!!
Food is always good and LARGE portions,

a
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classic American diner

P
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Considering the location and other like restaurants, this was a very good experience. We were seated promptly and the waiter did a great job - the chicken pot pie was fantastic!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We were there for lunch on a Saturday. We expected a lunch menu but only the brunch menu was being served. Very disappointing. The food was mediocre and there was no draft beer even though it was on the menu. We will not be going back.

MR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We actually booked the wrong location by accident and went to the Brooklyn Diner on 43rd Street for breakfast. The manager was so wonderful and accommodating. He sat us right away. He even came back to let us know that he contacted the other location about the mix up and that we were all set with our check in. He said it happens all the time. Waiter provided excellent service. Food was delicious! I would definitely go back the next time I’m in the city. I highly recommend this diner...just make sure you book the right location on OT. 😄

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love coming here it’s a bit pricey for breakfast but worth it. We accidentally booked the other location but the manager was able to accommodate our large party. Best coffee and we love the polenta bites.

FC
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We make this a go-to stop whenever we visit NYC. Food is consistently excellent. The dessert menu used to be better, but what the do offer is excellent.

NR
Indiana
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My hubby and I were in NYC over the Christmas holiday, '19. We had reservations here on Christmas Day for dinner - our last night in NYC. We could not have been more pleased! They acknowledged our reservation immediately, promptly seated us, and we had excellent service from our waiter. We loved the "50's diner" ambience, and the food was out of this world!! I had the beefsteak sandwich (had seen a street vendor advertising them during our stay and it sounded good!) and my hubby had their flatiron steak. Both were really good! We both agreed the flatiron steak was the best steak we had ever had! Truly! For dessert we shared a piece of their huge chocolate cake and it was fabulous. It was a terrific way for us to "wrap up" our holiday visit! Will definitely plan to go there again the next time we visit NYC. Thank to everyone!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner before the symphony at Carnegie Hall.

CT
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Fresh and tasty food in a clean and cozy diner.
Matzoh ball soup was excellent.

RI
Buckinghamshire
8 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We first visited on (our first) a trip from London over 20 years ago (and we’ve been back every time since) and it’s always as good as the first time!!

KX
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Come back here every year the host is fabulous and very amicable .sadly ,the table service we received was really poor . To expect a tip of even 10 percent would be too much .asked for mustard 3 times ..then just got it myself . Maybe he was having a bad day but is it too much to expect your waiter to be half way friendly .Otherwise food nice .book in advance as diner gets busy .
Great host thou .

DS
New England
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious breakfast - totally worth it for the hot chocolate!

AJ
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My 6th time in this restaurant. No chicken pot due to the success but a lot of other choice ! Allez y les yeux fermés !

OT
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

.great restaurant

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N
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

This was not the uptown Brooklyn Diner, as it is under renovation. When I made the reservation in July, the Brooklyn Diner assured me it would be open by my reservation date in mid-October. The iconic neon lighting hinted that the place was open, but the sign on the door said the restaurant was closed, and directed us to a couple of blocks away where there was a far more expensive restaurant that had a tiny menu with about 5 Brooklyn Diner options. No one warned us that the Brooklyn Diner (uptown) was not open. Our group was visiting the city from two different states and we were very disappointed. The next day some of us went to the Times Square Brooklyn Diner and it did not disappoint.

MM
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Unfortunately, the Brooklyn Diner was being renovated with no heads up during the reservation during booking via open table at the time of the booking. So it was a really bad experience when we came to Brooklyn Diner and were redirected to a cafe/restaurant around the corner. The cafe itself was completely fine but it was NOT Brooklyn Diner!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I’m a repeat customer - great atmosphere, service, and staff. Prices are high, even for NYC standards, but just take in the whole experience. Make a reservation esp during peak times. NYC marathoners — this was my go-to restaurant on Sunday night or Monday brunch esp if you are staying in Midtown. It’s a cozy space so don’t attempt to bring a huge party.

M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Every year my coworker and I take each other here for our birthdays. Every year I put in a note for a surprise slice of cake and every year I have to remind the staff because the note is clearly never read. After our meal today, the waitstaff handed me the bill instead of slice of cake. I found a way to walk over to the host and remind him about the slice of cake while still trying to keep it a surprise from my coworker. I take my time paying the bill and then finally see the flickering of candlelight in the corner of my eye. The slice of cake is on it's way, followed closely by a few staff members ready to sing a quick Happy Birthday. They arrive at our table, backs to us, delivering the cake and song to the people at the table next to us, all of whom were as confused as I was, but definitely less irritated than I was. The food is filling and good, but the service is robotic and unaccommodating.

SR
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great diner style restaurant with fantastic service and lovely food. A great find, would highly recommend!!

DH
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our son and girlfriend returned next morning for breakfast, and our “doggie bag” of eggplant parm made a delicious lunch!

JR
Phoenix
19 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Our meal was great service was good until our meal was served then too forever to get our check.

W
Dallas
54 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I hated to write this review but the food was not normal BD food. My bread was burned and the hummus plate had veggies that should have been crisp soggy, others were dry and unappealing. Hot dog great as always but sad to say if it wasn’t my first time I would hesitate returning. Please tell me this was a fluke because we go to BD every time we are in NYC. We will return to NYC this year and hope to try again. Sad dedicated customer.

SU
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I enjoyed a meal during a dinner meeting. The BD's hotdog is a tasty, gut-busting sausage extravaganza. The kugel I ordered as an extra side was sweet and tasty as always. The quality service, combined with tasty food served in generous portions, provided a pleasurable experience.