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Posted by FoodConnoisseur on 02/27/2007
A bit pricey for the food that is being served but a nice diner to visit on occasion. The server was very attentive and made the dining experience worthwhile.
Posted by Art H on 01/29/2007
In short, all restaurants on 57th St should be avoided. They are all over-priced, over-hyped, and underwhelming. The Brooklyn Diner is in a convenient location and has very friendly service. We learned the hard way that they don't take reservations and don't accommodate large parties very well. As for the cuisine, no pastrami, no corned beef on the menu. Chopped Liver was on the menu but they ran OUT! Members of our party had meatloaf, lasagne, chicken, and I must admit a good pot roast. However, the portions were small and still cost $18.00. ($18.00 for meatloaf?). The meatloaf looked like a meatball covered in tomato paste. Side dishes like kugel resembled undercooked omelettes. One exception to the good service was the snooty host. This place isn't the only tourist trap on 57th. If you're from out of town stay off of that street.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/07/2007
Starting August 12, 2006 for a week, we stayed at The President's Club (around the corner) and discovered the Brooklyn Diner quite by accident. The atmosphere to us was typical " NY diner" except being square rather than long. Atmosphere aside, the breakfasts were suberb. Some we felt were rather pricey, but felt the quality AND quantity justified the price. Actually wound up splitting some breakfasts. The "Cinnamon Raisin Pecal French Toast was not to be believed!" Became our breakfast main stay. The wait staff was extremely friendly and helpful with an enjoyable "homey" attitude. On any future visit to the "Big Apple" we'll certainly make the Brooklyn Diner our breakfast resort. Next time we'll try lunch and dinner.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/09/2006
I ordered a few dishes for delivery last night and was very impressed by the quality of the food and the prompt service. The chicken noodle soup is the best! I would definitely recommend Brooklyn Diner when you're craving comfort food.
Posted by Manya on 12/02/2006
What's good -- the french fries were thin and every item on the table in the party of 7 was good, including the macaroni & cheese, crab cake sandwich, pot roast sandwich, and tuna sandwich. What's bad -- mostly everything else. The 57th Street location makes it overpriced rather than expensive. Great for tourists who won't travel into Queens or Brooklyn instead for authentic and appropriately priced and portioned diner food. It's good food but not a good value. The bill for 7 at lunch was $174 including tip and 3 fountain drinks. The portions were made to appear large but they are loaded with carbs, i.e., large pieces of "brioche" bread for the sandwiches when more crab meat would have been preferable. None of the lunches were large enough to share so the prices do not reflect that either. I went on December 1, 2006, a rainy day. The entire floor was slippery with grease. Unless you had rubber-soled shoes, you had to step carefully to prevent falling. The kitchen is an open space to the right of the restaurant [which may explain the greasy floor]. If you arrive in a party of more than 4 after 12 noon, you may have to wait for a table since it fills up so quickly at [naturally no reservations accepted] resulting in a crowded noisy space that has not been renovated in years.
Posted by Ya-Ya on 10/31/2006
Just happened to stumble on the diner one night while walking around and have made it a must stop every time I'm in NY. Great food, great service, great atmosphere... Yes it's pricey but it's NY!
Posted by Anonymous on 09/28/2006
Our party of four all raved about the food. It's not your cheap diner fare, but..hey..it's midtown Manhattan. The noodle kugel is the best I've ever had..I would kill to get the recipe!