For the next five days, Eater will be shining a light on the affordable, accessible, comfort food-focused restaurants of this city. That's right, it's Greasy Spoons Week on Eater. From now till the end of the day on Friday, some of New York's best food writers will file on their favorite diners, lunch counters, and no-frills restaurants, and there will be maps, guides, videos, rants, photo essays, and oh so much more.
But we can't do it all alone — we need your help. Do you have a favorite lunch counter or coffee shop in your neighborhood? Or do you have a special fondness for that airstream diner by the airport, or that pancake house near the DMV? Please, share your recommendations for both greasy spoons and the dishes that they serve. Hit up the tipline, or drop your recommendations in the comments.
And, as a Greasy Spoons Week bonus, Eater asked five terrific restaurants to reinterpret classic diner dishes. Here's a guide to the Greasy Spoons Week specials that are being around New York this week. Try one, try them all:
Betony: Chef Bryce Shuman has created a "soup and sandwich" special that's a riff on a grilled cheese, with heirloom tomatoes and barbecue chips for $16. Eamon Rockey is also serving a "root beer float" made with house brewed root beer, vanilla ice cream, and demerara sugar for $13. Both are available at the bar through Saturday.
Gwynnett St.: Chef Owen Clark is serving a version of BLT. It's made with "crispy guanciale, red oak lettuce, heirloom tomatoes and smoked mayonnaise on black bread." It's served with "tempura-fried pickled wax beans." Available Tuesday through Sunday for $12.
Joseph Leonard: Chef Jim McDuffee is offering a "Dagwood" sandwich. This meaty monster is made with a potato and onion roll stuffed with the following:
· House cured corned beef brisketThe sandwich is available all day at Joseph Leonard for $18.
· House cured pork belly (treated like bacon, but without the smoke)
· fried chicken cutlet
· Provolone cheese
· Red Onion
· Horsey mayo
· Fried Onions
Pearl & Ash: Chef Richard Kuo and his crew are serving a diner-inspired dessert that riffs on a classics lemon meringue pie for $8. Available now through Saturday.
Recette: And Jesse Schenker is serving a pork "pot pie" made with pork belly, English peas, carrots, white gravy, morel mushroom, and puff pastry.
Stay tuned for videos of all of these Greasy Spoons Week dishes.