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.
New York, NY 10013
American, International, Comfort Food
Hours of Operation:
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
Cafe/Bar 9:30am - 12:00am
Brunch 9:30am - 3:30pm
Dinner 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Cafe/Bar 9:30am - 4:00pm
Brunch 9:30am - 4:00pm
Howard & Centre
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Close to the N,Q,R,W,6 train. Walking distance from the A,C,E and 1 train.
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
Nickel & Diner Ratings and Reviews
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!
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).
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!
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.
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.
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 :)
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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