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Empire Diner

210 Tenth Ave., New York, NY 10011 40.74705 -74.004582
at 22nd St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-235-2277 Send to Phone

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  • Cuisine: Diner, Hamburgers
  • Price Range: $$

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Daily, 8am-1am

Nearby Subway Stops

C, E at 23rd St.



Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Take-Out
  • Design Standout
  • Reservations Not Required
  • Online Reservation


  • Full Bar


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Since it closed in 2010, the historic Empire Diner has experienced a pair of failed reboots: First by the owners of Union Square’s Coffee Shop, who rebilled it as the Highliner, and then under the stewardship of chef and food-television personality Amanda Freitag. Her neo-diner menu was well received enough, but she stepped away from the kitchen after a year and half, and the restaurant closed not long after. The latest to give the diner a go? The owners of Cafeteria, an upscale diner, and chef John DeLucie, who once cooked at clubby spots like Bill’s Food & Drink (also a revamp, in this case of the famous Bill’s Gay Nineties) and the Crown before an acrimonious split from his business partner. Here, he’s serving classic diner dishes like a wedge salad, rye pancakes, an omelette, and a peanut-butter-caramel sundae. But also expect fancy riffs, like pigs in a blanket with confit pork and pickled cabbage, and au courant dishes including avocado toast and blistered shishitos. The space, though, remains vintage diner in its all of its chrome-plated glory.