Where To Find NYC's Best Throwback Diners

by Roxana Hernandez · July 28, 2011

There are tons of fantastic gourmet dining experiences in this city, but New York still has its fair share of diners. From Manhattan to Brooklyn these spots have all night breakfast, singing waiters, a nostalgic feel and one even boasts a barbie hall of fame. Here's a small guide to some of NYC's best diners.

Kellogg's Diner

This Williamsburg diner combines delicious diner food with decades of experience- distinguishing itself from every other casual restaurant. But on the real, the best thing about this diner is their late night breakfast- who doesn't crave pancakes at 2am?

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Chock full o' Nuts Cafe

First of all, Chock Full O' Nuts Coffee....'nuff said. That's right, Chock Full O' Nuts, also known as "Your Dad's favorite vaccum-sealed can brimmed coffee grounds." Right out of the can comes one of New York's best throwback diners. This tiny diner come with a whole lot of punch, so stop by for a cup o' Joe.

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Ellen's Stardust Diner

Let's be clear, there isn't another place like this in New York City. Whether you are a tourist or a born and raise New Yorker, you have to try this place out at least once. This retro, loud, and kooky diner is a nostalgic trip. Filled with 1950s junk, a model train set running through the dinning room and singing staff- it fulfills a fantasy of living in a world where people randomly break out into a song.

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Vynl

There's nothing cooler than this music themed diner. This NYC mini chain is all about good, old fashioned records- you know, the ones your parents listened to. LPs are hung up, the bathrooms are celebrity themed, there's a "hall of fame" of Barbie dolls dressed up as MC Hammer and NKOTB, beach balls are hanging from the ceiling and the best part, the menus are made of- yup, you guessed it- old record sleeves . The menu comes with an array of food options- from Pad Thai, Chicken Caesar Salad, truffle Mac n' Cheese (Yep, TRUFFLE), to a TLT (Tofu Lettuce and Tomato Sandwhich) it clearly fulfills everyone's cravings.