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Which diners in the city serve the best comfort food?

Upvoted by Helen Johnson and 9 others
144 2nd Ave, New York, NY

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Answer found helpful by James Schmitt and 12 others

Is there really anything in the East Village more comforting than the potato pierogis at Veselka?

This 60-year old diner is open 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. It is clean and bright, with breezy high ceilings and spacious patio seating that one might take for granted just about anywhere in the world besides lower Manhattan. On offer is the standard New York diner fare–milk shakes, egg creams, reubens, BLT’s – along with an assortment of Ukrainian specialties like bigos and goulash.

Vaselka’s pierogis are available in half a dozen flavors, and are served with sautéed onions, applesauce, and sour cream. If we are on the subject of comfort food, there is really no reason to venture from the standard, soothing potato filling. You might find better pierogis elsewhere in the city. When ordered fried, Vaselka’s cooks give them violent dip in the fryer rather than browning them in a pan.

But when you’re hung over, or up and restless at 4 AM, or you just can’t bear to listen to your family telling you to quit the food business and go to law school any longer, perch yourself on stool at Veselka’s counter. Watch the stern Ukrainian line cooks plate up your order of slippery pierogis (boiled, please). And be grateful that the most comforting diner in your neighborhood also serves beer and wine.

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Zach Gilson

"Can't bear to listen to your family telling you to quit the food business and join law school". Hahaha...we've all been there!

Reply over 1 year ago


Any time's a good time for a margarita

Anita Malhotra

I loved this! Very nice!

Reply over 1 year ago

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Marilyn La Jeunesse

New York City

Writer & self-proclaimed foodie

Marilyn La Jeunesse

Writer & self-proclaimed foodie

Answer found helpful by Carly Liao and 2 others

I swear by the Waverly Restaurant. It's a classic, cash-only diner that serves the people of Greenwich Village 24/7. The menu is pages long and completely filled with mouthwatering American comfort food...including chocolate chip pancakes! I normally go for their breakfast food as it's served all day, and let me just tell you, they know how to make an omelet. Stuffed with fresh veggies and warm, gooey cheese, their omelets are some of the best options on their menu. The portions, overall, at Waverly Restaurant are quite generous, and the prices are reasonable. The staff is friendly, and they are one of the few places on the East Coast that serve my favorite Tapatio hot sauce.

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245 East Houston Street, New York, NY

I'm on a seefood diet. I see food, and I eat it.

Kaylee Simmons

I'm on a seefood diet. I see food, and I eat it.

Answer found helpful by Sarah Williams and 1 other

I mostly find myself wandering the LES looking for unique places to eat, and Remedy is one of my favorites. This diner has some of the best prices in the area and amazing food. Not only do they serve breakfast all day, but they offer a great brunch deal and vegetarian options as well. Everything I've ordered from this diner has been nothing short of delicious. I particularly enjoy the California Omelet, complete with almost a whole avocado baked inside. And their burgers are top notch. This place has become more popular over the years, but they have managed to maintain their superb customer service and delectable dishes. Be fair warned, however, there's now air conditioning.

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1226 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY

perfected the art of eating

Jerry Hughes

perfected the art of eating

Answer found helpful by Gianluca ElAmir and 2 others

Nostalgia can cost you an arm and a leg, but at Lexington Candy Shop, every penny you pay for one of their classic milkshakes or soda fountain drinks is worth it. While the shop does serve classic American comfort food like the Butter Burger and the Turkey Club, I normally order their strawberry shake. They use a vintage 1940 Hamilton Beach milkshake mixer for added authenticity. The restaurant offers a brief look at "Pop" history with their Coca Cola display. The restaurant has a long history, which the staff will readily tell you upon request. The restaurant transports you back in time once you step through their doors. It's a great family spot.

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Kayneel Srivastava

Yes! This place is awesome, and they use old-time syrups in their soda for a realistic feel. I always feel like a kid when I stop in this restaurant.

Reply about 2 years ago

Upvoted by Jenny Lee

Jenny Lee



Pastry Chef, Entrepenuer, Positivity

Jenny Lee

Pastry Chef, Entrepenuer, Positivity

Answer found helpful by Debbie Kommer

Been there a while ago. But I do remember the Diner being really "comfortable". It is very cozy with delicious food. They pour coffee into large mugs for you. The seats in the booths are very cushiony. Retro style! Definitely one of the very very few old school Diners in nyc that is really good. Its a gem.

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