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The Usual

637A Vanderbilt Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11238 40.677858 -73.968451
nr. St. Marks Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
718-636-0856 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Diner, Greek, Hamburgers, Soup & Sandwich
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Mon-Fri, 7am-9pm; Sat, 8am-8pm; Sun, 8am-5pm

Nearby Subway Stops

C at Clinton-Washington Aves.; B, Q at Seventh Ave.; 2, 3 at Bergen St.



Payment Methods

Cash Only

Special Features

  • Breakfast
  • Delivery
  • Lunch
  • Delivery after 10pm


  • BYOB


Accepted/Not Necessary


On a rapidly gentrifying stretch of Vanderbilt Avenue, the Usual remains an Über-casual diner low on atmosphere (beyond exposed brick) and crammed with tables. Milk shakes are delightfully frothy, and omelettes and burgers are satisfyingly average. Veer too far from American fare, however, and you'll hit some roadblocks, like a Greek salad too heavy on shredded iceberg lettuce and mealy tomatoes. Still, the Usual packs in stylishly mussed twentysomethings and older neighborhood regulars alike, leading to the occasional wait on weekend mornings. But if a hangover cure of eggs and coffee is what's needed, this spot provides a cheap and easy fix.

Recommended Dishes

Cheeseburger deluxe, $8.25; vanilla milkshake, $4.75