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POP City Grill

80-26 Queens Blvd., Queens, NY 11373 40.737541 -73.882633
nr. 59th Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
718-426-2229 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Dessert / Ice Cream Shop, Diner, Eclectic/Global
  • Price Range: $$

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Nearby Subway Stops

M, R at Grand Ave.-Newtown

Prices

$10.95-$21

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • 24-Hours
  • Breakfast
  • Brunch - Weekend
  • Dine at the Bar
  • Good for Groups
  • Kid-Friendly
  • Kids' Menu
  • Lunch
  • Private Dining/Party Space
  • Take-Out
  • Teen Appeal
  • Online Ordering
  • Catering

Alcohol

  • Full Bar

Reservations

Not Accepted

Profile

This venue is closed.

A diner is a diner is a diner—except in multicultural Queens. Pop Diner looks like a diner, with the usual retro theme. (Here, it’s atomic sixties, rather than hi-fi fifties.) And Pop acts like a diner, by being open nearly 24-7 and providing high chairs on demand. But it doesn’t taste like a diner. The menu suggests a World’s Fair food court, with everything from griddled sandwiches to moussaka and mofongo. And while it’s no big deal to offer seafood risotto or Singapore noodles in a family eatery, it’s a challenge to do them well. The food quality of this Queens diner would do justice to a Manhattan tablecloth restaurant. Pop’s kitchen crew isn’t made up of short-order cooks but exacting chefs whose output is distinguished by fresh ingredients and just-right seasoning and doneness. Everything save the Saltines for the chowder is made in-house, from eggy onion rolls to rich cakes and pies that, for once in a diner, taste as good as they look. For New Yorkers with working taste buds, a diner meal usually means a dispiriting compromise or a late-night act of desperation. Pop’s yummy chow restores that bygone childlike anticipation of the diner experience.

Recommended Dishes

Roast pork, $16; Singapore hakka noodles, $18; paella, $21; carrot cake, $5

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