NYC’s 10 Best Diners
Tom’s Restaurant. 2880 Broadway at 112th Street. A neighborhood institution and best diner in the area. Famous for being featured in the outside shot on the TV show Seinfeld. Also the title of hit song, Tom’s Diner by Suzanne Vega in 1981. Try the breakfast or triple deckers. Open 24 hours.
Odessa Restaurant. 119 Avenue A, East Village. Another good Russian diner with the best potato pancakes. Try the combination platter with pierogi, stuffed cabbage, potato pancakes, and kielbasa to share for dinner. Service can seem slow or rude but do not take this personally. The food is always good, I am never disappointed.
The Diner. 85 Broadway, between Berry Street & Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn. Eat a delicious Churrizo sandwich, my favorite, a grassfed burger, or even a chocolate sandwich for dessert. I also recommend the meatloaf platter. Higher end diner food experience.
Shopsin’s. Essex Street Market, 120 Essex St, Stall 16, LES. This is a small no BS diner in Essex Street Market. The service can be a bit harsh so do not expect to be treated like royalty at this busy New York diner. While here, look around this incredible market for good fresh produce, meats, and fish.
Lansky’s Old World Deli. 235 Columbus Avenue, between 70th Street & 71st Street. This modern, old world Jewish style deli is one of the best places to eat in the Upper West Side with great deli meats like pastrami and corned beef, huge juicy burgers, and the best onion rings in NYC. Lansky’s is technically a deli with no counter or stool seats. They also have drink and food specials. I came in during the NFL football season when I saw an advertisement for their special, $1 Budweiser bottles and 50 cent sliders the size of a typical fast food burger but with fresh ingredients and 100 times better. I came out stuffed eating 3 sliders and drinking three Buds for $4.50!