Foodie Guide: New York’s Best Diners

For those of you who read my blog posts on here, you’ll have probably guessed by now that I adore New York. I’d say it’s probably my favourite place in the world. It’s been my dream to return there after a school trip to Manhattan back in 2009; the whole experience was just surreal. Anyway, following my recent article on New York’s best pizza, I thought I’d follow it up with a post on the New York’s best diners. Whether you’re about to head to the Big Apple for the city break of a lifetime, or if you’re just a massive foodie, read on to find out what’s the best.

New York’s Best Diners

Metro Diner

I’ll be honest – I’m a little biased, because I ate at the Metro Diner every day when I was in New York. Situated on Broadway on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, Metro Diner is definitely worth a visit. The diner serves all-American comfort food throughout the day in a classic art-deco setting. Eating pancakes for breakfast with unlimited OJ and black coffee at the Metro Diner is still a fond memory for me. I remember thinking it was the best food I’d ever eaten, and the staff were super friendly.

According to the menu, this one of New York’s best diners serves all sorts of hearty treats all day long (it’s open from 6am-12.45am daily!). The Lumberjack is a great breakfast choice; it’s two pancakes topped with eggs, bacon, ham and sausage. For lunch, treat yourself to the Metro Club Sandwich, which includes turkey breast, bacon, lettuce and tomatoes served in a bread bun with french fries on the side. Finally, for dinner, opt for the N.Y. Sirloin Steak, chargrilled and served with sauteed mushrooms. Yum.

Metro Diner. New York's Best Diners
Metro Diner by Chris on Flickr // CC BY-SA 2.0

Good Stuff Diner

Open to the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, Good Stuff Diner stands proudly on 14th Street at 6th Avenue. Sample the delicious French Toast for breakfast, and add ham, bacon, sausage or Canadian bacon for a small additional charge. The bagels and Danish pastries at Good Stuff are incredibly popular, along with the filling omelettes and frittatas. There’s also a fantastic range of sandwiches available; go for the roast beef or the hot open turkey. For dinnertime, there’s a range of Italian specialties on the menu. You can even order the food online!

Good Stuff Diner. New York's Best Diners
Good Stuff Diner by Alan Benzie on Flickr // CC BY 2.0

Tom’s Restaurant

Located on Washington Avenue in Brooklyn, New York is Tom’s Restaurant. Established in 1936, it’s definitely safe to say that the eatery holds a unique legacy in Brooklyn like no other. In 1968, locals formed a human chain around the diner when unrest broke out following Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. Tom’s serves breakfast and lunch and is particularly popular amongst locals at weekends. So, if you find yourself in Brooklyn during your trip to NYC, try the cheeseburger deluxe topped with melted cheese, or opt for the traditional Coke Float for a sweet treat that’s been around for decades.

Tom's restaurant. New York's Best Diners
Tom’s by Olaf on Flickr // CC BY-ND 2.0

About Lauren Davidson

Since 2013, Lauren has been writing for various travel and lifestyle websites. Her first piece of writing was a travel guide on the Algarve region of Portugal, where she lived for over a year. Currently residing in Sheffield, England, she is studying Journalism and has a blog at You can follow her on Twitter at @Lozikinz.

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