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Posted by Anonymous on 03/04/2010
We were so excited to finally make it to dinner at Diner since we heard and read great things of it, but that’s –to our disappointment- where the greatness ends. Possibly the momentum of the restaurant is a thing of a past or perhaps we came in on one of those pesky “off nights”. We stared of with a cheeseburger and duck salad and planned on a steak as a main event. Burger which was dubbed “best burger” by some was mediocre; it was smaller than expected (and seen of tv), but cooked nicely with crispy fries (best part of the meal) though the kitchen hasn’t even bother to melt the cheese. Duck salad wasn’t better; soggy of dressing with duck sliced to thinly you had to look for it to make sure it was even there and finished with a mother of all salad clichés of the 90’s… a fried egg. We were quick to decide right there and than to have steak -we were looking forward to- another time and at another place. Additionally it would be lovely to receive a menu vs. having servers recite all the “specials” (basically full menu for the evening); by the end you barely remember the ones that were mentioned at the beginning with a convenience of omitting all prices. Over all my experience at Diner was what the name of the restaurant stands for… a diner dinner; nothing less nothing more.
Posted by Desi on 09/20/2009
I have been going to Diner for at least the last 6 years. I have always loved the food. My favorite was the burger and those great fries. I went there last week and something has gone wrong! The fries were not the fries they usually serve...they were undercooked and under seasoned. The burger was on some discount store roll. I sent the fries back to be cooked some more but the flavor was just not there like it used to be.
Posted by julie on 05/28/2009
i was all prepared for diner to be overrated and disappoint, but it did not at all. the worst dish we had was still great; the best was revelatory. definitely try the burger; it is hands-down the best i've had in new york. i don't even generally like hamburgers but i had a few bites of my friend's and couldn't believe it - velvety, rich, melts in your mouth (if you get it medium-rare; i can't vouch for anything else). we also had a perfectly cooked horseradish-scented halibut and raw cheese flatbread appetizer. the only disappointing part was the cocktails, which you can skip.
Posted by regulars on 05/16/2009
I wanted the food to be better because I like the atmosphere-- but the chicken was dry. Also the fact that the menu changes frequently makes it difficult to decide if you really want to go there because there is always a chance that you will get all the way there and not like anything on the menu. Male= Never Again Female= Try it again
Posted by Burger Expert on 03/20/2009
This review is about the burger at Diner. It is best had, in my humble opinion, at medium-rare. It will melt in your mouth on that brioche bun. Trumps Dumont and Spotted Pig easily. Getting hungry just typing this.
Posted by Anonymous on 10/01/2008
i admit the food here can be hit-or-miss depending on the night (though the misses are still better than most of what you can get elsewhere), but i've never been somewhere with such consistently friendly, attentive service. sure, the waitresses look like they haven't eaten in six weeks, but that's the wmsburg look -- they couldn't be happier to tell you all about the amazing food you're about to eat, bring you extra bread, keep the drinks coming, etc etc etc. Feels like a real neighborhood joint, which is awesome.
Posted by anon on 09/04/2008
I had a phenomenal evening at Diner. The atmospheric, vintage feeling was great, and our salads (shaved zucchini with anchovy dressing for me, watercress/peach/fried okra for him) were terrific. But it was our entrees when the restaurant really shined: when the runner brought over the boyfriend's pan-roasted blackfish (so great, so so great), it turned out that the kitchen had completely forgotten to make my salmon. We tried to wave it off it really was no big deal but our fantastic server, the manager, and the runner were all gracious and concerned above and beyond what the situation called for. Unasked, they brought over a bowl of summer squash soup with butter croutons for me to eat while the salmon was cooking, and then also insisted that we have a slice of the (amazingly delicious) plum cake for dessert. The check, when it came, was for far less than it should have been we made up the difference with a tip, and probably should have left even more. Honestly, it was one of the best service experiences I've ever had. And it didn't hurt that the food knocked it all out of the park.