The American diner is as important to the New York City food culture as pizzerias and bagel stalls. What makes a diner great is the convenience, quick service and a superb menu that offers a variety of late night snacks to full-fledged meals. The old school vibe, the colorful booths, the casual atmosphere and delicious grub is enough to reel you in for good.
No matter where you are, whether you come out of a club or went to catch a sporting event in NYC, you will find a diner just around the corner.
Here’s a list of some of the best diners in the city:
1. Bel Aire Diner
31-91 21st St, Astoria, NY 11106, USA
If you’re searching for amazing and authentic Greek food without wanting to shell out too many pesos, walk into the Bel Aire Diner! With long mirrors and old school neon accents, this little Greek diner has everything you’re looking for. The menu covers Mexican, American and Greek cuisine, wholeheartedly. Try the pulled pork quesadillas or the Athenian burger.
2. Jackson Hole
232 E 64th St A, New York, NY 10065, USA
Jackson Hole is as old school as a diner can get. This place is famous for two things: It’s amazing food and a cool cameo in the movie Goodfellas. The diner is littered massive neon signs, vinyl booth and tabletop jukeboxes. Try the 7oz house-aged beef burger and the root beer float for an elevated diner experience.
3. Square Diner
33 Leonard St, New York, NY 10013, USA
This triangle-shaped diner has everything a classic American diner does. With gigantic red neon signs, to bright booths, good music and an extensive menu, Square Diner offers basic breakfast dishes, salads and delicious sandwiches. The best item on the menu, arguably, is Teddy’s Special Sandwich ( toasted 7-grain bread slices with home-made mayo, chicken salad, bacon, cheddar, onions and tomatoes). Delicious and worth trying!