Waverly Restaurant

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80 Good

An old-fashioned diner that serves your eggs in a frying pan.

385 Sixth Ave., New York, NY, 10014



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The lowdown

Say the phrase “classic diner” and for most people, you’ll conjure up visions of chrome and Formica. Yet the Waverly Restaurant actually hearkens back to an earlier model, a kind of working-class steakhouse with dark-wood paneling, snug, vinyl-padded booths, and a very small counter of backless stools. In keeping with the more familiar diner tradition, there’s still the neon sign; a glowing rack of cakes and pies; and an overly long menu of burgers, breakfasts, parmigianas, Greek specialties, and entrées destined to be skipped: Lobster tails with crabmeat stuffing, anyone? Mercifully, the dishware hasn’t updated from ceramic to plastic and, amusingly, when your omelette arrives, it’s still in its frying pan. In the end, you just might reinterpret those black-and-white actors’ 8x10s lining the perimeter as a forgotten pantheon: patron saints of cheap food, fast service, and fading traditions, like the bottomless cup of coffee.

What you need to know

Insider Tips The two-fried egg sandwich (with coleslaw and a pickle) is $3.65! And, not for nothing, this place does egg creams.

Recommended DishesMuenster-cheese omelet; espresso shake; cheeseburger deluxe.

DrinksBeer and Wine

Noise LevelCivilized