Diner and their food can be quite comforting sometimes. On this day, we were planning to go to another restaurant, but they were full, so decided to try this diner nearby. It doesn’t look much of anything from the outside, and if you didn’t know it was a diner restaurant, you might not realize what they are until you walk in. They have a very minimum amount of signage on the outside.
When you walk in, you see this cute little decoration that says From Russia with Love, and also a heart-shaped stone with a writing that I can’t read. Whatever it says, I am sure it is a lovely message.
Inside is not too big, they have a big counter at the entrance, with baked goods on and around the counter. We were greeted with a smile and were told to take a seat at one of their open table. Most of the customers were elderly people, local, which I always take it as good, reasonably priced food.
The most interesting feature of this place was the ceiling. They had this deep blue round ceiling structure with small flags from all over the world. I don’t know where the idea of this design came from, but making it very international feel to it, even though their menu is not that international.
We started off with Cappuccino ($1.35), which was a decent cup. Nothing really special, but good cup of coffee.
We ordered Belgian Waffle with Banana and Walnuts ($8.50), and French Toast with Bacon ($8.95). They brought some butter and maple syrup to the table, and shortly after our order arrived. It was pretty fast.
The waffle was nice and fluffy, and it had good amount of banana and walnuts. It was again, nothing really special, but a good, comforting food. The addition of banana and walnut gave that extra flavor and texture to the simple waffle, and nutritious too.
The French Toast was ok, I felt like it was rather a small portion, and I am not sure if it was worth almost $9 price tag. The bread was soft and fluffy, but nothing fancy. It was a-ok, not memorable in any way.
The server was attentive and nice, so that part was a plus. It is always good to find a good diner, and even though this place did not become our favorite list. But it was still a good, comforting food and service. My favorite diner is still Lou Roc’s Diner, where the food was amazing and memorable (you can read my review here: http://www.foodlovergirl.com/lou-rocs-diner/). It is not easy to find great diner these days, but it is still a good option when you are wanting some simple comfort food.
Pier 72 – 270 W 72nd St, New York, NY 10023