Joe Junior is an old-school diner in Gramercy that’s perfect for when you don’t want to spend a lot of money, put on anything more complicated than sweatpants, or wait in line for breakfast. The space is small, with some tables and counter seats, and service is fast - so you’re here to eat eggs, a burger, or whatever your normal diner order is, then go about your day of running errands in the neighborhood and snooping around to see if you can find anyone’s lost key to Gramercy Park.
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Studio is the all-day restaurant on the second floor of the Freehand Hotel, and it’s a great place to eat a burger and people watch.
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Sometimes you don’t want brunch. Sometimes you want breakfast at noon. There’s a difference. La Bonbonniere is a Village safe haven from all things hollandaise, and one of the best true breakfast joints in town.
Golden Diner is a little spot in Two Bridges that serves modern diner classics. It’s worth planning lunch here a week in advance.
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A conveniently located restaurant in Midtown that’s more than just convenient. The food and service at Covina are great.
Citizens of Gramercy
If you want to eat some avocado toast or a grain bowl in Gramercy, go to Citizens of Gramercy. It’s an Australian café, and it’s full of plants.
Neptune Diner is a neighborhood spot in Astoria for 2am pancakes and triple decker sandwiches.
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