When you think of a diner things that come to mind are eggs at midnight and greasy grilled cheese for lunch. But, a location in SoHo is changing that perception.
Nickel & Diner (1 Howard Street) is a modern day twist on this classic Manhattan tale. It is a refreshing story with chapters full of wonder and delight. From the moment you walk in you get a sense that you are in a modern museum for design. Colors and layout are brilliant and make you feel sophisticated about your dinning choice. The staff also matches the tone. They are stylish and full of artistic smiles.
At the crossroads of SoHo, Chinatown and Little Italy sits the establishment that takes the flair of the neighborhood and mixes it in the dishes. The result is astonishing. Nickel and Diner serves globally driven, re-imagined diner fare inspired by the talented Chef James Friedberg. The menu changes often, reflecting the current season with local and seasonal ingredients from the surrounding neighborhood of Chinatown.
“Because we’re located in the crossroads of Soho, Little Italy, and Chinatown, inspiration is everywhere, “ says Chef James. “We’re fortunate to have the ability to source local produce as close as just down the street and we’ve been incredibly inspired by this ever evolving neighborhood.”
Dishes are divine and include a delightful Vegetable Tempura with seasonal vegetables and basil vinaigrette; Fried Chicken with a twist of tempura-battered boneless thigh, chili and cashews; and Hamachi Tartare served with taro chips, Asian pear, cilantro and avocado.
There is also an amazing coffee bar, as well as a dessert menu that includes a wonderful charcoal based ice cream. On top of that is a tremendous highlight is a beverage menu that is lovely. Head Bartender Marc Soto, formerly of Black Tail, and General Manager Mark Estrada, formerly of LandMarc, have created a fantastic cocktail menu.
Drinks to love include the Bloom, with prosecco, gin, raspberry purée, chrysanthemum and lemon; the Irish Cold Brew, with whiskey, Nobletree cold brew coffee, cream and chocolate; the Bloody Mariko, with vodka, tomato, ponzu, lemon, bacon, pickled shishito; and Old Folks, with orange-thyme-star anise infused bourbon, bitters, cane sugar and brandy cherry.
If you are in the neighborhood for work, or taking a trip down the historical streets this is the place to stop for an amazing meal.
Nickel & Diner is located at 1 Howard Street, between Lafayette and Centre Streets. The restaurant is open seven days a week, Monday from 8AM – 3PM, and Tuesday – Friday from 8AM – 10PM, and Saturday from 9:30AM to 10PM, and Sunday from 9:30AM to 4PM. Reservations are accepted via OpenTable, or by calling 646-870-6100. For more information: www.nickelanddiner.com .