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Best diner in Manhattan?

il Trifulau Sep 21, 2008 07:11 AM

What gets your vote for the best diner in Manhattan?
Not for anything crazy, just for a solid reliable morning breakfast and the occasional club sandwhich or something.

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  1. DarthEater RE: il Trifulau Sep 21, 2008 08:55 AM

    In Tribeca, Gee Whiz.

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      Ghostly RE: DarthEater Sep 22, 2008 02:11 PM

      I guess I'd agree with that for Tribeca, but only because there are very few diners there. I don't know that I've ever actually liked a meal I've had there. I got a pie at Gee Whiz once that I swear was made with canned fruit cocktail. My experience is mostly on the UWS, Midtown West and Tribeca, and my choice would probably be Utopia, or Big Nick's, though the latter doesn't really have the diner "feel". I haven't found any diner in Manhattan that matches up to the places I've visited in New England.

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        JungMann RE: Ghostly Sep 23, 2008 08:29 AM

        I used to frequent Utopia when I first moved to the neighborhood and have yet to eat anything good there. Everything tastes processed and freezer burnt. Now Big Nick's has become my standby diner, although I agree it has more of a truck-stop, greasy spoon quality than a diner.

        Diner 24 was my favorite diner in NYC until it closed, although that's probably far from the classic American diner, which I've yet to see adequately recreated in Manhattan.

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      cimui RE: il Trifulau Sep 21, 2008 10:01 AM

      i'm always a bit hesitant to partake in "best X in manhattan" discussions since there are generally too many X's for anyone to've tried enough to make this determination.

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      that said, i really like big nick's for breakfast, hanafin's for dinner, and 2nd ave deli for any time of day i feel like chopped liver. big nick's and hanafin's are on the UWS, 2nd ave. deli in kip's bay / murray hill.

      big nick's does great fresh OJ, a deliciously disgustingly bad-for-you challah french toast, a good fluffy omelette, ok coffee. hanafin's has much, much better late night food than other diners (high quality ingredients, competently prepared). 2nd ave deli has great smoked fish plates, good chopped liver, pastrami sandwiches, and latkes (but awful coffee).

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        bronwen RE: cimui Sep 22, 2008 07:39 AM

        I like the Metro Diner on Broadway (around 100th)

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        FoodieFemme RE: il Trifulau Sep 22, 2008 02:37 PM

        Silver Star Diner on the UES.

        1. GoodGravy RE: il Trifulau Sep 23, 2008 11:30 AM

          The Viand on 86th and 2nd.

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            Cpalms RE: GoodGravy Sep 23, 2008 11:33 AM

            Astro Diner....55th & 6th......best diner cheeseburger in the city

          2. misnatalie RE: il Trifulau Sep 23, 2008 03:36 PM

            The Waverly on 6th Ave

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              cassoodle RE: il Trifulau Sep 23, 2008 07:53 PM

              The Village Den is pretty great... their dinner specials are great too... I am partial to the chicken parm...

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