New York City is the land of diners. From episodes of Seinfeld to paintings on the walls of MOMA, you will find the thriving love for this very particular kind of restaurant. In the heart of Manhattan a new one has opened that is out make the tradition proud.
Carnegie Diner & Cafe is located on the corner of West 57th Street and 7th Avenue, steps from the iconic Carnegie Hall. Like the iconic landmark it is an establishment that both tourists and locals cannot help to look out when walking by the doors. The interior design from Demetris Charalambous is comfortable and full of warmth. The open-air layout is divine and refreshing for the neighborhood. The staff that greets you at the door is a perfect match to the setting. Smiles are big as they seat you at your plush table.
Menu selections are vast – like many deli menus – but there are a few new delightful twists that will have you singing as if you were on the stage next door at Carnegie Hall. Stathis Antonakopoulos is the restaurant’s Executive Chef and Culinary Director. Stathis has a long history in the hospitality industry, which began at the age of 18 when he began working at his grandfather’s hotel & restaurant in his native country, Greece. Taking from that history and blending it with the long-running traditions of New York City are surprisingly what makes dish selections here very modern.
Having options such as delicious juicy burgers and massive sandwiches the size of skyscrapers are here. But there is also a surprising amount of healthy choices that make the menu appeal to ever-changing tastes for living in a world where more and more folks are out to count calories and carbs. From fresh salads to meats sourced in the best local capacity you will find dish after dish that will be kind to your waistline and fill your heart with joy.
From an extensive all-day breakfast to late night desserts and wine, you will get a big bang for your buck. Prices are incredibly affordable, which might be the only thing non-NYC about the joint. There is a true feeling of bliss at Carnegie Diner & Café that is felt by the customers and the workers. You can spend a few hours having a big dinner with friends or just sit briefly for a cup of coffee. You will both ways feel like it is a second home full of lovely smells and delicious tastes.
Though just having opened doors for less than a few weeks the restaurant is already boasting fan favorites such as the Central Park Burger with organic meat, blue cheese, mushrooms and tomatoes. And, then not to be missed are the unique Peanut Butter & Bacon Pancakes baked with peanut butter chips and bacon with a side of peanut butter sauce.
Carnegie Diner & Café is certainly the new kid on the block, but over time they are going to grow into a splendid success story.
For reservations and more information please call 212-664-1001 or visit www.carnegiediner.com. Days & Hours of Operation are Sunday – Thursday 6am – 11pm; Friday – Saturday 6am – Midnight.