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Empire Diner, Amanda Freitag's Revamp of the Retro Icon

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[All photos by Daniel Krieger]

Amanda Freitag opens her much-anticipated revamp of the iconic Empire Diner tonight. Besides The Highliner's brief run in the space a couple year ago, the diner has been closed since 2010. Now the design firm Groundswell has spiffed up the interior while sticking close to the retro 40s-era look of the original. Freitag's menu is also an improved version of diner classics, with dishes like a patty melt, loaded potatoes with foie gras, bacon bits, and sour cream, and something called the "Happy Waitress" with poached eggs, ham, and chili jam. As of now, the restaurant is only open for dinner, but eventually, in true diner form, it will be open 24 hours a day. Take a look around the revamped diner, below:

Empire Diner
210 Tenth Ave., Chelsea
Opens tonight
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The Highliner

210 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10027 212 206 6206

Empire Diner

210 10th Avenue, Manhattan, NY 10011 (212) 335-2277 Visit Website