On any given afternoon, this Greek diner on Madison Avenue is filled with a mix of old ladies who've been coming for their daily grapefruit and cottage cheese for 30 years, overacheiving children in school uniforms eating fries, art dealers selling Picassos over salad, and people who just went to the museum. It's not the best food around, but it’s as entertaining a cross-section of the neighborhood as you can find.
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The food at Neil's hasn't changed in half a century, but we're okay with that. This Upper East Side diner is a classic.
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Eisenberg’s Sandwich Shop
A classic lunch counter that’s been around since 1929 in the heart of Flatiron.
There are two things you need to know about Mooncake Foods: 1) It's a weird little vaguely healthy Asian diner in a corner of Soho you probably forgot about. 2) They need to bottle and sell their hot sauce.
Reasons to visit Coppelia? It's cheap, it's open 24 hours, and for a diner, it's pretty good. Good enough.
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A little Italian cafe and sandwich shop on the Upper East Side near Central Park. We love the sandwiches, but hate how much they cost.
Bluestone Lane Coffee
The Upper East Side location of Bluestone Lane is in a very pretty old church. It’s a nice place for a quick coffee or a slower brunch.
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