MeMe’s Diner

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77 Solid

A millennial Elaine’s for the Brooklyn writer set serving retro comfort food.

657 Washington Ave., Brooklyn, NY, 11238


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The lowdown

MeMe’s Diner has an irresistible charm. You’ve might have found this out for yourself as you dug into your Buffalo-chicken salad while unconsciously tapping your foot to Aged in Harmony’s “You’re a Melody.” It’s also evident in the design: trendy mid-century modern, with brown-leather banquettes and sparsely decorated white walls, that’s uncluttered in a way that makes space for the diners. Which fits into their particular emphasis on being welcoming. The owners of the Prospect Heights spot earnestly call it a queer restaurant (and host Queer Industry Nights), and MeMe’s also seems to, like a budding millennial Elaine’s, count nearly every young writer who lives in or around the neighborhood among its fans. But it’s not just through the warm service that the restaurant extends this sense of welcome. It’s also through the comfort-oriented and sometimes retro food they serve, like the greasy patty melt and fried pickles made interesting again through the use of giardiniera. There’s a cake stand that’s always home to something good, like peanut-butter pie or coconut cake, and cocktails like a delightfully gingery, citrusy Rum Punch.

Chris Crowley

What you need to know

DrinksFull Bar

Noise LevelCivilized