Thai Diner is the most exciting place for breakfast or lunch right now. Eating at this Nolita diner from the Uncle Boons team feels like attending a party in a wicker basket that’s stocked with papaya, coconut, and Thai basil smoothies and chicken and rice tom yum soup. Whether it’s 7:30am when they open, or late in the afternoon before they close, both the Thai tea babka French toast and green curry with chicken-stuffed cabbage should be on your table. Expect lines on weekends - that’s just what happens when a restaurant this special comes along.
Where we've featured it
Whether you’re looking for in-person dining or takeout and delivery, the NYC Hit List is here to help you find a great new spot to support.
Search by Perfect For
More spots in NolitaSee more
The Bowery Electric
The Bowery Electric is a bar and live music venue in Nolita where you can dance in the basement or see a band play.
The Garret Nolita
The Garret is a casual cocktail bar in Nolita, and it’s perfect for a first date. It’s isn’t huge, but it does have slushie drinks and potted plants.
More Diner spotsSee more
Jack's Wife Freda
A good spot for your weekend brunch rotation, but don't rely on it for dinner. Jack's Wife Freda does not get better when the sun goes down.
Tom’s is a Brooklyn classic for breakfast and lunch since 1936. You know what’s kept them in business for so long? Free stuff. That, and really good sausage.
Russ & Daughters
Russ & Daughters is a smoked fish museum of deliciousness that people come from near and far to experience. A true NYC classic.
Suggested by our writers
Wayla is a fun spot on the Lower East Side, and it’s on our shortlist for best Thai food in NYC.
Golden Diner is a little spot in Two Bridges that serves modern diner classics. It’s worth planning lunch here a week in advance.
Filter and browse restaurants near you
Text us for personalized recommendationsLearn more