Brooklyn >Food & Dining > Diner
85 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY | Directions 1121140.710560 -73.965721
Sun-Thu, 11am-midnight; Fri-Sat, 11am-1am
excellent – This is my favorite restaurant in NYC. Amazing specials that are always changing. Good for veggies too.
Not recommended – I invited a friend out for a birthday dinner and he chose Diner. The restaurant itself is pleasantly seedy and the customers were all very friendly, which made waiting for a table a pleasant experience (for once!) The nice couple in line told us to order the cheeseburger and fries, which I did, while Birthday Boy and his lady ordered a special (chicken). We were all disappointed: the burger and chicken were dry—really dry. To the point that one got tired of chewing. To make matters worse, the service was lousy: after living in New York for 15 years, I'm used to harried wait staff and some attitude, but bad food makes one lose patience with a server who cannot keep an order straight and then disappears for thirty minutes…
delicious – even for a world traveler, this place is pretty good. i only have ever ordered off the specials menu, and never have been disappointed. Except for the fact that you can't get the same thing the next time you're there. The dishes tend to be more simple, and its crowded most of the time, but i think its worth it. Great for a date or for entertaining out of towners.
Bad service, eh food.. – I've never had such simple orders be so completley scrwed up! EVERY time we attempt take out, they mess up our orders in ever possible way. Example: Ordered a meduim well burger, no cheese, salad insted of fries. Got: Rare CHEESE burger with fries! THey have not gotten one dish right from any order. WHen you eat in its not much better. THe enitre staff have a huge attitude, mysterious LONG waits when its only about half full. Way overpriced, and the food is so-so. The staff really need to check the "i'm a cool hipster and way better then you" attitude, and learn how to complete a simple order. Stay away.
Whatevs – I mean I guess for East Coast produce and portion and quality it was fair but taking a step back and looking at it from the perspective of a world traveler and food taster this food was WHATEVS
GREAT PLACE – this place has saved me from cooking and i live less then a block away. Bless the hipster/hippies that make my food. the place is never empty unless it's their off time for two hours btw 4-6 pm. brunch is great and dinner is even better. at night the place is packed and the seating in the back is romantic. if you can try to ask for the corner booth in the back seating which has the most room. by 10 pm the place is packed both inside and out, and the scene is non stop from your hipster to yuppies.
Delicious! – We ordered off the specials menu; both of our entrees were super good--inspired, hearty and uniquely tasty. The space was absolutely charming -- with its languid lighting and unpretentious furnishings, it felt happily forgotten and isolated under the bridge. Perfect 1st/2nd date spot--if you take the L train from Manhattan, you'll have nice, 10 minute transitional strolls to and from the spot.
Spotty – Have been to Diner three times, and still don't know if it's really worth it. The first time, our party found every dish to be a little bit off...the roast chicken was dry at the breast, the tomato salad had godawful cardboardy tomatoes, etc. The second time was a little better, although the selection & presentation of the cheese plate was disappointing...poorly matched coices served in unappealing chunks on a plate rolling with hazelnuts. Small portions of the right cheeses would have been far more satisfying. The third time was the best, and we had a great time. Food was creative and well-done (I had monkfish poached in broth with lentils and fennel) and it MIGHT have made me change my mind about htis place. I appreciate their committment to fresh, local, small-farmed produce, and hope they can catch a groove soon.
Brunch is where it's at – Brunch definitely outshines dinner at this cute little spot in South Williamsburg. Beware, it's not the cheapest brunch fare but it's worth the trip. You get hungover rockers, thirtysomething would be hipsters attempting the Sunday times at the bar, and some really good food. The egg sandwich is a local fave. Dinner on the other hand was not so good the last night I went as the duck was not fully cooked and there was too little meat on the bone. The guys sitting next to my table also had the same problem. My bloody mary was horrible and looked more like a cosmopolitan. In retrospect I should have ordered the pork steak. The cappuccino I had was unfortunately the best part of the meal.
Worth the Trip – Definitely worth the trip from Manhattan. Really great food. Very well thought about specials! Add to that a very cozy and nice atmosphere, very pleasant service and unprentious patrons around you and you know why some make the trip from Manhattan.
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