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About Nickel & Diner

Nickel & Diner serves New American cuisine and upgraded diner classics by Chef James Friedberg. With a focus on the freshest, locally sourced ingredients available, Nickel & Diner takes an eclectic approach to American cuisine, eschewing from typically expected diner fare.

1 Howard St
New York, NY 10013
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, International, Comfort Food

Hours of Operation:
Monday
Cafe/Bar 8:00am - 3:00pm
Breakfast 8:30am - 11:00am
Lunch 11:00am - 3:00pm

Tuesday - Friday
Cafe/Bar 8:00am - 12:00am
Breakfast 8:30am - 11:00am
Lunch 11:00am - 3:00pm
Dinner 6:00pm - 10:00pm

Saturday
Cafe/Bar 9:30am - 12:00am
Brunch 9:30am - 3:30pm
Dinner 6:00pm - 10:00pm

Sunday
Cafe/Bar 9:30am - 4:00pm
Brunch 9:30am - 4:00pm

Cross Street:
Howard & Centre

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(646) 870-6100

Website:
http://www.nickelanddiner.com/

Public Transit:
Close to the N,Q,R,W,6 train. Walking distance from the A,C,E and 1 train.

Executive Chef:
James Friedberg

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Join us for Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve brunch at Nickel & Diner! $40 per person for a brunch prix fixe. For parties of 10 or more, please email info@nickelanddiner.com

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Join us for Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve brunch at Nickel & Diner! $40 per person for a brunch prix fixe. For parties of 10 or more, please email info@nickelanddiner.com

Nickel & Diner Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.0

ambience

4.2

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

78% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Brunch (10)
Casual (10)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
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Fit for Foodies (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Cozy (7)
Good for a Date (7)
Good for Groups (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Afternoon Coffee (7)
Fun (6)
Bar Seating (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Hot Spot (6)
People Watching (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Healthy (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Romantic (3)
Tapas (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Great Beer (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Seasonal (2)
Authentic (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Business Meals (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Organic (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

I found this diner on a list of great coffee places while trying to find a spot in in lower Manhattan that had both good coffee (bottomless coffee was a bonus!) and a great brunch menu for a Sunday get-together between friends and Nickel & Diner did not disappoint! The food and coffee were great, the staff were welcoming and very accommodating, and the atmosphere was a nice modernized retro diner feel. We loved it and we’ve already discussed making this a regular destination for brunch!

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food
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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Wow. One of the best meals in NYC, bar none.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

The service was unfocused, unfriendly, uninterested, brought the wrong order, and rolled her eyes at requests such as "could we please have sugar with the coffee and tea".

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Very slow service - almost 20 minute wait for hot water! But good food!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Great space with excellent ambience; interesting menu for brunch, free ingredients and good service. Would go back!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Went there for thanksgiving dinner. Very bad experience overall. Had to wait almost 2 hours for my main course. Music very loud and very slow service. Food was ok but expensive for the price.

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·Dined on November 22, 2017

I reserved table for 8 am. Restaurant opened at 9. Waited for an hour. Open table—restaurant data transfer sucks

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Fabulous food and lots of gluten free options. Had several small plates and the fried chicken, lobster risotto, and pumpkin soup were all stand out favorites that are worth trying. I highly recommend this place for a good meal.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Bar Seating, Tapas, Seasonal, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Glamorous version of the classic diner. Duck dish is outstanding. Fish soup was good but the fish was a bit undercooked (sashimi meets bouillabaise). Chocolate ice cream was a disappointment --bitter and granular. However, the server graciously took the dessert off the check).

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Romantic, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Amazing food!

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

I decided to try the dinner menu after stopping by several times for brunch and lunch. First off - the space is beautiful. The minute I walked in, I was greeted by a friendly host and quickly seated at a booth. The cocktail list was fun and creative while the food really surprised me. The lunch has always been a solid option for me in the neighborhood, but the dinner menu is seriously well executed. I especially loved the seafood stew and was impressed at how light the bouillabaisse turned out. The crispy duck duo is also tasty and filling, while the seared sea scallops were cooked to perfection. Nickel&diner has done a great job creating a casual atmosphere while the food is kept at a high quality and has a level of finesse. I'll definitely be back and I can't wait for people to learn about this hidden gem!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Seasonal, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Brunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great Beer, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Fun, Happy Hour, People Watching, Afternoon Coffee, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Gluten Free Options, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

I was extremely disappointed with my meal at Nickel & Diner. The service was extremely slow and sparse. There were only 2 waiters for the whole restaurant including the outdoor section and only 2 people can do so much, I get it and I felt badly for them. But, my waiter forgot to give me sugar with my latte and I was waiting for a good 10-12 minutes waiting to see him again and he was no where to be found so I got up and got my own and my latte was cold by then. On a Saturday brunch, I’m super okay with slower service because the company you’re with are usually friends or family and you’re catching up and/or spending time together. Our food came out cold.My sautéed spinach was cold as well as my side of eggs. I was EXTREMELY disappointed since I’ve heard great things about this place. Will not go back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Confusion upon entering. Stood waiting until someone asked us to walk to the host desk at the opposite end of the restaurant, which an attitude that we should have "known" this.
Drunk, loud group at one end of restaurant, cheering like Kobe just dunked. It was really disturbing and I feel the manager should have politely asked them to be considerate of other diners.
Host decided to take our initial drink and appetizer order only to rudely explain he was handing us off to our server (as if we knew he wasn't our server) to answer specific questions about the mains. He could have easily said this another way.
The menu had me salivating, but the food was "meh", especially for the prices. They are a bit high, but crazy if you are served great food.
To be fair, this is a big pet peeve of mine, but there was way too much unnecessary interruptions while my friend and I were in conversation. We had no less than four different people checking on us, constantly. And, NEVER, take away someone's plate while the other person is still eating. I recently had a lovely experience at the new Pool Room and it just magnified how servers today are not trained. We've all waited tables before in our lives and I don't remember receiving good training - ever. I think Nickel & Diner should strive to do better.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Great simple and clean design of the restaurant, the staff was super friendly and the food was delicious (especially the breakfast sandwich and the kale salad). Also grabbed a couple of coffees to go on the way out and they were yum as well. Just a nice chill place to grab a good breakfast with cool people :)

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Healthy, Hot Spot, Afternoon Coffee, People Watching, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Burger with Egg & Cheese (OK) - Bacon (Good) - Fries (Good)

Diner feel to it - Not a great layout/setup - Drinks are small - Burger and egg were both overdone - Nothing spectacular about the burger - Great location - Not a date spot at all (even though I went for Sunday Brunch) - Pricing is standard - Quiet atmosphere - Would not go back

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 5, 2017

i had only been here for weekend lunch, and thought it was ok. i should have known by the lack of customers that it was not going to be a good dinner choice.

the waitstaff overall is poorly trained and was hovering at the bar area for lack of anything else to do. our waiter kept pushing sides which would have been too much food had we all ordered as suggested. one of our appetizers was forgotten and brought to the table 10 minutes after the others. the menu is limited and preparations are way too complicated. most times a good burger can stand on its own and doesn't need a lack truffle and a $33 price.

the space is nice. it's got a diner vibe. that said... keep it simple. don't try so hard. you might get a bigger crowd.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Nickel & Diner was very conveniently located near the Canal St. Subway stop. We were in and out in under an hour, and the wait staff was very nice and attentive. I happened to be a little late for my reservation and they were easily able to fit us in 15 minutes past rezzie time. This was my second time there and I would highly recommend.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Afternoon Coffee, Casual, Good for Groups, Hot Spot
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Food was prepared well, however portions were too small for the price charged. Either lower price or increase portion size and charge appropriately.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Food is unexpectedly interesting. Not a diner, but a true (if casual) dining experience.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Don’t be fooled by the “Diner” name. It’s some very fine and creative cooking which is mostly missing in Manhattan. Had the steak tartare with a beautiful egg confit and the fettuccine with peektoe crab which had some lovely new flavors. Overall solid food prepared with a lot of passion.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Great service, great food, nice quiet atmosphere with many things to do and see afterwards within the neighborhood.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Quick Bite, Kid-friendly, Healthy, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Afternoon Tea, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Organic, Fit for Foodies, Afternoon Coffee, Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Tapas
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Great surprise for a delicious and sophisticated dinner. Stylish, comfortable and spacious design.
Artfully plated, intelligently composed--and very flavorful--dishes. Will certainly return for dinner and/or brunch.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 2, 2017

I love this place. It's a funky modern take on a retro diner. The kale cashew bowl is fabulous. One note: the sliders plate is a pretty small dish. If you're hungry, you'll need to order something else to go with it. But they sure are tasty!

Tags: Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 1, 2017

If you're a fan of BYOBs, you need to go here very soon as they are expecting their liquor license in the upcoming weeks. However, once they get their license there is no reason not to visit. The food was excellent and the service superb.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Super nice staff! Accommodated my big needy party!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Casual, Fun, Quick Bite, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 25, 2017

Such a fun little spot. The burger is great. The panzanella salad was good (though, and I'm nitpicking here, it could've used a few more tomatoes and a little less bread). The kale cashew bowl was a huge hit, as were the fries and the petite greens. The cavatelli gratin was pretty good, but could've used a little something. Maybe a little more jalapeno? But I'm searching for suggestions here. It's an adorable upscale diner with delightful food--and it makes you feel miles away from the craziness of Canal Street —and you can't put a price on that.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Fun, Afternoon Coffee, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 14, 2017

We love this place! The food is always great. Always! Brunch can be busy but we never have trouble getting a reservation for dinner. Can't wait until they have their liquor license.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Great food, interesting menu, cool place with a diner setting but it's better than that.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 27, 2017

Great spot but my waitress was inattentive and disappeared when I needed something.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 23, 2017

It's a neighborhood gem! Service was very good and had innovative dishes.

Tags: Casual, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Quick Bite
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 (Toronto)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Love the Vegetarian options, nice an clean environment, friendly staff and great value for the quality. Overall a new fav - will be back.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Kid-friendly, Healthy
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 (Miami)·Dined on June 11, 2017

Absolutely beautiful interior, with a brunch to match!

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on June 7, 2017

The food was absolutely delicious, the staff was very friendly, was surprised that it was so quiet on a Wednesday evening and I'm sure it will pick up once their alcohol license is permitted. Would definitely come to again and would recommend to others

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 20, 2017

OK the place is beautiful, clean, truly sparkles. The food is fine, the fried chicken appetizer is quite nice and the duck entree stands out among others but the overall the restaurant has no energy. It was basically empty for a saturday night 8pm dinner reservation. The portions aren't terribly large either. And the BYOB policy was not sufficiently advertised because it was a surprise when we learned about it. I think they still have a few things to correct but it definitely is a gem that just needs some polishing.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 19, 2017

The restaurant was beautiful. Our server wasn't attentive but we were understanding as the place was packed. They ran out of the shrimp, which looked divine and which is what I wanted, so I had to get fish as I don't eat meat and the pasta didn't look appealing to me. The fish was underwhelming and also may have been somewhat undercooked. Which made up for the fries, which my friend and I split, and they were hard as rocks. We also had to pay for bread and butter, which was supposed to be artisanal, it was four slices of bread and butter that was so cold it was a struggle to spread it. I was so hungry I didn't want to order something else, didn't eat all my food, but two days later and I still have a stomachache. I might recommend them for brunch or breakfast as the menu looks more appetizing to me, but I doubt I'll ever visit again. Enough can't be said for how beautiful the place was, but ultimately, you come to a restaurant for the food.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 13, 2017

I was hosting a late brunch to catchup with my girls friends, called in advance and asked if my guests trickled in over a 30-45 min period it would be ok. I even asked if I should book their private room and I was told it was unnecessary. When I arrived the host and hostess were incredibly rude to me and didn't seat me for 35 mins. When I was finally seated after repeatedly telling them I called in advance and explained the circumstances we were smooth sailing. Great service, great food and perfect ambiance for our group of 6.

I got the bacon and egg sandwich which was made to perfection. My friends got the mushroom dish and loved it. One guest got the lox and couldn't even eat the bagel so avoid that bad boy.

I'd go back for lunch.

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Experienced the rudest service before we even sat down. We were kept waiting for over 20min after our booked reservation time, and were sighed at, eyes rolled at when we asked if our table would be ready. Constantly being told it was "being set up"... (it takes 25min?!). We were a large group of 8 who all arrived early and were kept waiting in the way of everyone. All we needed was an acknowledgement of "sorry" to have better handled this situation. When I complained I was corrected it was "only" 15minutes" we'd been kept waiting and not 20 as I had suggested. For 5minutes you're going to antagonize your customers? (and BTW it was already 20min).

Upon sitting down, we discovered they do not have their liquor licence as yet (has been open since Oct'16). Understand it can take time, but again this is NOT listed anywhere, and given it was brunch quite shocking for a Manhattan restaurant to expect people are going to expect it. After sensing our disappointment it was suggested we could bring in wine, and were directed to a liquor shop around the corner, which isn't seemingly there.

Food was acceptable, but for our table of 8 enthusiastic eaters - the service RUINED the meal.

Don't fall for the cute name and lovely fit-out. The staff will ensure you have a terrible time.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Nickel & Diner was a good neighborhood find. We went for lunch on the weekend. The food was good, with a few vegetarian options and the service OK. The lack of a liquor license is an issue, but they do allow BYOB. Wish we had known that before our meal. Front desk may need a bit of work. One of us was seated promptly for our reservation, but when the rest of the party arrived, the front desk had no record of the reservation and did not direct the rest of the party to the table. After waiting by the door for 5 minutes and a couple of texts, we found each other on our own. Despite that, will certainly return for dinner, with our own bottle this time!

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 (London)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Second time there - first for dinner not long ago; this time for Saturday brunch. Love the food and the environment; a place I'd go again and again!

Tags: Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 11, 2017

Great new offering off Canal. Didn't have their bar license yet, but the food was delicious. Attentive service and forward looking decor. Hopefully, good management and a good bar lead this to be a place that will be around for years to come.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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