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Gracie's Diner (fka Viand)
Posted by UESBlue on 09/24/2014
Gosh, I loved Viand. Alex, Mike (the managers), the grumpy career water who retired a good 8 years ago, the cooks. Even if the food was not always great. It was still pretty good. And the folks there were awesome. Gracie's took it over, and now it's "updated" with some ridiculous shade of green. I just got my first experience with some new guy who answers the phone (evening). Rude! RIP Viand. You will be sorely missed.
Posted by Sarah on 04/04/2014
I loved the Viand. It has morphed into "Gracie's on 2nd" and become awful. Horrible sugary muffins without character (used to be redolent of bran or corn), frozen-like bagels with almost invisible cream cheese. I'm mourning.
Posted by Rodger Parsons on 01/22/2013
The UES is a tough cuisine call and with the Second Avenue Subway under construction, it resembles a war zone. The Viand, which has been around longer than I've lived in the area (1991), has been a neighborhood place where you can get the staples. It is not a gourmet shop and some items are pricey, but most of the time most of the menu is OK . They will make your favorite the way you like it. Look - it's a diner, not Gramercy Tavern.
Posted by Bea on 12/25/2012
As a regular customer over the years, very dismayed to find how far of a nosedive this place has taken. They now serve grisly hamburgers; an inedible matzo ball soup that tastes like dishwater; waffles that look like they came out of a toaster oven and on and on. Servers take your order, say 'yes' and then go only two steps to place order incorrectly. Meanwhile your food comes out nothing like you ordered. Many apologies will abound, as in most other places nowadays.....due to an inept/untrained workforce. Nothing worse than a party of three having to eat separately while the other's food has to be sent back. After giving them more than enough chances (trying one more dinner, one more breakfast, etc), it's apparent they're serving low quality food and aren't interested in correcting the situation. Unless you're desperate, keep away from this 'joint.'
Posted by Leo on 01/10/2012
This isn't a disappointing place to go and grab a bite to eat. The food is good, I always order from this place, they're a bit pricy, but hey its the upper east side.
Posted by Gdot on 06/30/2011
Sometime 2010 Viand changed ownership. They had served the best diner Greek spinach pie this side of Astoria. No more. Cheeseboiger-you don't toast my bun anymore. French fries-not crispy on the outside and no longer last a visit in the fridge for midnight munchies. I had been about a $1,000 year customer for over 10 years. Wow, that's alot of $$. Anyway, Upside is new Viand is kind to try to accomodate for your business. Simply I hate to keep asking for those particulars I got spoiled into automatically expecting. Viand food still is very good by diner standards. It appears family run so they care, all is clean and presented well (even take out). I still highly recommend Viand as the best diner in Yorkville. Me--rather cook or order a different flavor since I know how good it used to be. My spinach pie...I'm waiting to go to Astoria for that.
Posted by barry on 07/14/2010
I both order in and eat in at Viand. In both circumstances, the food arrives quickly, the order is always right, and it's generally delish. The place is a diner, so the ambiance is not why you go there. But the fries are crisp and not too salty, the spinach pie is fantastic, and the desserts are huge. I don't know what everyone's saying about rudeness: they're always very nice to us!