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5 Cozy Diners near New York City's Upper West Side

February 20 2020

There's something about sliding into a booth at a neighborhood diner, warming up with coffee and chowing down on comfort food. Here's a look at some of the great diners of New York City's Upper West Side, plus one famous restaurant in Harlem we just had to include.

Viand Cafe

2130 Broadway, New York
Swing by Viand Cafe before or after a show at the nearby Beacon Theatre. The diner truly shines with its lunchtime offerings, such as the sardine sandwich. If you're more of a land lover, enjoy thickly-cut corned beef or maybe the meatloaf. The prices are a tad bit higher than the other places on our list, but with it comes with high-quality food and, as expected from any diner, generous portions. Open 7 am to midnight


267 Amsterdam Ave., New York
For a neighborhood feel, strong coffee and and a great breakfast, Utopia on the UWS is an apt choice. It's a local favorite with a busy weekend brunch, fast service, and retro wood paneled walls from yesteryear. Open 7 am to midnight

Tom's Restaurant

2880 Broadway, New York
Cue the bassline intro. This spot made famous by its exterior shots in the show Seinfeld is actually located in Harlem, just two blocks from the Upper West Side. It might be a tourist trap, but the food is excellent and it's a comfortable place to enjoy a meal. Open 24/7 Friday and Saturday; 7 am to 1 am weekdays

French Roast

2340 Broadway, New York
With 25 years in the business, French Roast is more of an informal European café with a robust menu that's sure to please. Expect less conventional diner food such as eggplant caviar and Morcoccan salad. Old world offerings are also on the list, such as the classic croque monsieur. Open 7:30 am to midnight or later

Manhattan Diner

2532 Broadway, New York
This 21st-century diner has a streamlined menu with plates like the breakfast burger, blintzes and shish kebabs. The food is always on-point at the Manhattan Diner, and you'll definitely want to save room for dessert. Open 6 am to 1 am daily


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