NEW YORK CITY | Diner is one of the restaurants, if not the restaurant, that signified the changes that were to soon come to Brooklyn’s dining scene amongst other things. It opened in 1999 when nobody was doing anything ‘cool’ in Williamsburg and quickly developed a fantastic reputation. In fact, Diner’s the first place we ate at when we first visited New York City in back in 2010.
Housed in an actual vintage dining car under a bridge, Diner is all about modern, hip, casual dining with a focus on seasonal ingredients and locally sourced produce. The menu changes daily, with servers coming into your booth to scribble the day’s offerings onto table-side paper and tell you what the day’s offering is all about.
The rotating menu could feature anything depending on what’s good that day and what the kitchen staff feel like cooking – think rare trout steak with kraut, brisket and eggs, smoked sweet potatoes, and peach and marinated-tomato panzanella. One item that never changes is the fantastic burger – a thick beef patty, sharp cheese, lettuce, a few pickled onions ind a soft bun with a side of perfectly cooked fries.
For drinks its an impressive wine list that’s heavy on French, Spanish and Italian options, mostly local craft beers with a few international choices thrown in for good measure, and a short but excellent cocktail list.
Also be sure to check out Diner’s sister restaurant Marlow & Sons, which offers food that’s more pared back than at Diner, but with the same quality and ethos behind it.
New York 11249
Mon – Thu: 6:00pm to 12:00am
Fri: 11:00am to 12:00am
Sat – Sun: 10:00am to 12:00am