Breakfast for dinner, bottomless coffee, and corned beef hash. Whether it’s 10 o’clock in the morning or 10 ’til midnight, these are the things that give life to America’s diners, but only if they’re available on a 200-line menu.
The spirit of the American diner is still alive in the Formica countertops and laminated booths of New York City — at least for now. Since 2014, at least 15 diners have closed in New York due to rising rent prices and lucrative offers to sell. Today there are just five freestanding diners left in all of Manhattan.
Those that remain can often feel frozen in time, despite being open 24 hours a day. From Junior’s in Downtown Brooklyn to Pearl Diner in the Financial District, New York’s most iconic diners have become oases for people craving old-fashioned food, even as the neighborhoods around them rapidly change. Here’s where to find that feeling.
Note: This is an updated version of a map originally published in 2015.Read More