Daily, 24 hours
6 at 33rd St.
American Express, MasterCard, Visa
27th St. to 45th St., Madison Ave. to Fifth Ave.
Sitting near the sooty mouth of the Queens Midtown Tunnel, this Murray Hill eatery gamely works its corner perch with a 24-hour neon glow and the promise of breakfast all day. Essentially a lovably crusty old diner—a jumbo laminated menu that could be used as a sunshade, a TV flickering mutely in the corner, toothpicks and mints by the register, the Gemini has also been spruced up with dusky peach walls, stainless-steel ceilings, and Art Deco murals of the neighborhood populated by long-necked flappers. The griddle grub, like pancakes pockmarked with chocolate chips, is filling, as is the Tuscan omelette, heavy with mozzarella and salty prosciutto. The above-average chicken hero sandwiches come every which way so it’s a pity the coffee’s weak even as it’s a surprise that the smoothies are strong. The menu ventures half-heartedly into fancier seafood—“from two eggs to lobster tails,” claims a server—but in the end you’re here for the simple diner fare, which is as warm and reliable as a favorite pair of socks.Recommended Dishes
East Side Grilled Chicken sandwich, $9.45