White Mana opened at the 1939 World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows, and it feels like it probably hasn’t changed much since it moved to The Heights in 1946. The 24/7, cash-only diner has a bunch of stools centered around a griddle where one guy flattens hamburgers that cost $1.30 each. They’re just a little bigger than sliders, so even if you get a couple bacon double cheeseburgers, you’ll still have room for a side of cheese fries. And because they don’t seem to have changed their prices a whole lot since debuting as “the diner of the future” at the World’s Fair, all of that will cost you less than $10.
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Hamilton Pork is a BBQ spot in Jersey City with good Happy Hour deals and a big backyard.
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Bill's Bar & Burger
We had hoped that instead of conforming to Midtown, Bill’s Bar and Burger would make Midtown conform to it. It did not.
If you’re in Gowanus, and you need a normal bar that’s just a little nicer than a dive, go to Halyards. There’s a pool table and occasionally a DJ.
The Stumble Inn
When you want to feel like an undergrad and watch sports on the Upper East Side, head to The Stumble Inn.
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Razza is a wood-fired pizza spot in Jersey City that’s well worth a trip from New York. Or from anywhere else.
Bread And Salt
Bread And Salt is a BYOB pizza spot in Jersey City that serves some of our favorite slices around NYC.
Pearl Diner is an old-school diner in FiDi that’s ideal for a very low-key breakfast or lunch.
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