The Bowery Diner

The Bowery Diner

(Now Closed)
NoLita, New York
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  • The Wall Street Journal
    The Bowery Diner serves breakfast until 5 p.m., dishing morning staples like omelettes, granola and Belgian waffles—served with not-so-standard bacon, frozen custard and chocolate sauce. Read more
  • The New Yorker
    The New YorkerAugust 8, 2012
    “Though it doesn’t always succeed at either, Bowery Diner’s menu aspires to satisfy adult cravings as well as childhood ones.” When in doubt, order one of their creamy milkshakes. Read more
  • 7th.List
    7th.ListJanuary 13, 2012
    Insider View: The menu consists of Reuben, double-patty burgers, and for contemporary eats check out Long Island duck salad and French-y stuff like steak till 2 a.m. on weekends
  • AskMen
    AskMenFebruary 1, 2012
    The Bowery Diner does mid-20th century Americana on creatine with all the finery you'd expect (big ole burgundy booths, stainless paneling, concrete floor, dessert case). Read more
  • Thrillist
    ThrillistJanuary 19, 2012
    Despite its name, BD is far from any old diner, as it includes raw bar offerings like oyster- & snow crab-loaded seafood towers and specials like roasted duck breast w/ applesauce. Read more
  • Allegra M.
    Allegra MarroneApril 22, 2012
    Sangria is unbelievably amazing!!! The new daily specials is a great way to taste some of the other awesome dishes from chef. The fried chicken is amazing too!
  • Britt L.
    Britt LewisJune 14, 2013
    Mac & cheese w/ bacon is tasty, nice portion too. What the people really want to know: wifi p/w: pancakes
  • Stella D.
    Stella DancerellaApril 4, 2012
    Amazing cocktails. Teaches of Peaches is my fav. Mackerel ceviche, shotgun sandwich (tar tar, capers and aoili on a hero) and their rueben are my recs.
  • Sabrina B.
    Sabrina BMarch 30, 2013
    Pricier then most diners, but location. Great food and atmosphere. Full of the after bar crowd in black tie and gowns. Try the PB Cake shake.
  • Lillian
    LillianOctober 20, 2012
    A bit overpriced compared to Brooklyn / Queens, but after all, this is Manhattan... The over easy eggs were cooked to perfection, the bacon was DELISH! Service was good. =)
  • James D.
    James DelJanuary 27, 2013
    The ten dollar spiked milkshakes are worth every penny. Chocolate mousse cake and peanut butter with Maker's, can't go wrong.
  • Michael G.
    Michael GalpertMarch 15, 2012
    The grilled cheese ($5 during the day, $9 at night), features a great salty/creamy combo of cheddar and Swiss, plus garlic and herbs.
  • Léna Le Rolland
    Léna Le RollandAugust 25, 2013
    The bacon is perfect !!! Pancakes are good too ! The terrace is a little noisy but the inside is fine.
  • Victoria W.
    Victoria WongApril 28, 2013
    Pricier than the average diner, then again its not the typical diner. The onion rings are so good. Its real onions, lightly battered and seasoned well
  • Tony T.
    Tony TaylorAugust 1, 2012
    Pretty good spot but seemed like the diner wanted to be more of a bar than a diner. Chef a little over the top with trying to make the food creative. Make sure you read menu in detail. Shakes are good
  • Andy U.
    Andy UleryFebruary 25, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Jenni lee cocktail is unreal. raw scallops app, awesome. If u love ruebens, the house cured and smoked meat melts in your mouth
  • Camilla B.
    Camilla BurrowNovember 7, 2012
    Not to be missed. Amazing service. Amazing shakes. Amazing eggs. Amazing pancakes
  • Tara H.
    Tara HusbandJuly 20, 2012
    •Tip For Parents•. They have crayons and hats to color. They also have Diner postcards so have your kids hand write someone. P.s. My daughter did not like the homemade whip cream on her shake.
  • Kat V.
    Kat VNovember 10, 2012
    If you are going to schlep all the way to the Bowery you should be getting Chinese food. This place is subpar and the chocolate bacon waffles aren't all that great
  • Allegra M.
    Allegra MarroneFebruary 25, 2012
    The fried chicken is awesome! The Bowery Special burger is also amazing with its house made pastrami. Happy eating!
  • Johanna
    JohannaJuly 4, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    If you need something refreshing, try the Greek salad - anchovies included, sometimes dolmades, and NO lettuce. Yum.
  • Erikka O.
    Erikka OlszewskiApril 13, 2014
    Best Bloody Mary! Live jazz - can't beat the atmosphere
  • Katie A.
    Katie ArcatiJanuary 29, 2012
    Food was delish (ceviche, mussels, snapper) and service was great, but check the fish...had to send ours back b/c it was raw in the middle!
  • Rich Wolf R.
    Rich Wolf RubelFebruary 13, 2012
    Great fatty flavorful corned beef Ruben! Get the salad with it instead of fries to balance it out! ;-)
  • Tyler B.
    Tyler BrockDecember 22, 2012
    The bacon here is amazing. If you don't like it or "only eat turkey bacon", you have no soul.
  • Devin P.
    Devin P-BFebruary 17, 2012
    The atmosphere is amazing and the food is on point. Ask for the Mac and Cheese and a Stella Artois.
  • Andrew R.
    Andrew RiellyJanuary 13, 2013
    Phenomenal service, delicious high quality food, true Americana... One of NYCs finest diners.
  • SuZSie S.
    The salmon LEGGS Benedict are to die for! #shitZombiesSay
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMarch 19, 2013
    Upscale diner with a great reuben and some very nice boozy milkshakes.
  • IrmaZandl T.
    IrmaZandl The OpinionatorDecember 15, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Mac and cheese and fries at 2am is the best. Don't even consider it for a normal lunch or dinner
  • Josephine S.
    Josephine SonMarch 7, 2012
    Reuben and donuts were great! Wanna go back to try the Colombian breakfast and duck confit hash!
  • Destine O.
    Destine OzuygurApril 29, 2012
    Clearly the "popular tip" on my foursquare today was left by a particularly pretentious non-diner-friendly denizen of hell because this place left us feeling perfectly content and cozy.
  • Mike S.
    Mike StrockoJanuary 29, 2013
    The Bowery Special: a burger with beef, pastrami, and Swiss cheese.
  • Boberto P.
    Boberto PatricioMarch 4, 2012
    Pricey, bacon is wonderfully crispy, best for late night burgers or raw bar
  • Brendan L.
    Brendan LewisMarch 20, 2013
    Come for the Mac & Cheese! Stay for the Steve Earle one table over!
  • Brian Anthony H.
    Get the chicken and waffles. Otherwise, just go home because you're doing it wrong!
  • Benjamin P.
    Benjamin PalmerFebruary 19, 2012
    Most things are not especially good here but the steak salad is great. Good steak, spicy.
  • Allison E.
    Allison E.June 2, 2012
    I'm conviced this is a shared kitchen with the Bowery mission. Expect poop for food. Only diner in America without American cheese !!!!
  • Julie T.
    Julie TangJanuary 19, 2012
    Burgers are good but go w/fries option - the greens are literally just a few lettuce leaves
  • Tanya R.
    Tanya RobinsonAugust 1, 2013
    Keep it simple & you must be OK. You'll be in a diner, but with a great vibe. Keep expectations under control. BTW-If they screw something up they won't correct it without a strong demand from you.
  • Jonathan R.
    Jonathan RichardsMarch 4, 2012
    The Bowery burger rocks. The pastrami is very lean and delicious.
  • Bastian B.
    Bastian BeyerJune 7, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Diner right out of a Hollywood movie! Great place! Breakfast is really good!
  • michael l.
    michael liuAugust 20, 2012
    This place is definitely just selling the atmosphere. The food it's alright. A bit overpriced. But the service is good.
  • Xande M.
    Xande MacedoJuly 12, 2012
    They have Stumptown coffee and La Marzocco espresso machine. 2 out of 3 covered.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceFebruary 28, 2012
    Village Voice is excited to have The Bowery Diner at the 2012 ChoiceEats food fest! Full list of restaurants here:
  • Alex L.
    Alex LirtsmanJuly 14, 2012
    Order the smoke eggplant. Substitute pita for veggies.
  • Jason K.
    Jason KaplerJanuary 19, 2014
    Bruno the manager is terrific. Hands on and experience focused. My kinda guy.
  • Mallorie R.
    Mallorie RosenbluthSeptember 7, 2013
    This place misses with its efforts to be an upscale/ hip diner and comes off as trying too hard. Selection doesn't meet diner cravings, aren't particularly good, and are overpriced. Avoid delivery.
  • Karyn S.
    Karyn SpencerJune 3, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Happy hour now moved later: 6-8pm. Half off all drinks and oysters FTW.
  • Joe B.
    Joe BrownApril 26, 2012
    Chicken sandwich is nice and juicy. Big portion.
  • Carlos R.
    Carlos RodriguezApril 24, 2013
    The Seasonal Apple Pie shake. Don't ask. Just do it.
  • Wendi R.
    Wendi RoyalJanuary 24, 2013
    Breakfast paisana: but I didn't get any roasted squash or toast
  • Luke K.
    Luke KingmaMarch 11, 2012
    Unseasonably overpriced. Walk south and try Great NY Noodletown instead!
  • Cat P.
    Cat PetersJanuary 13, 2013
    Call ahead to maker sure they have milkshakes!
  • Shengyu C.
    Shengyu ChenApril 12, 2012
    Good service. Friendly staff (3 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Tanaya C.
    Tanaya CFebruary 11, 2013
    Bathroom are unheated. Not totally uncommon in Manhattan, but sharing. Agree with other reviews, service is lackluster.
  • Alex T.
    Alex TDecember 1, 2012
    Get the pumpkin cheesecake milkshack. It's amazing!
  • Xande M.
    Xande MacedoJuly 12, 2012
    They carry a quite nice selection of scotch.
  • Leslie Q.
    Leslie QDecember 4, 2013
    My latest experience was not-so-good—enough to make me question ever coming back here again.
  • Sol H.
    Sol HFebruary 12, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Happy this place exists. Wifi password is hamburgerhotdog123. Killer.
  • Josue C.
    Josue CedenoJanuary 11, 2014
    Key lime pie with mezcal shake!!!
  • Luiza D.
    Luiza DCMGJuly 3, 2013
    Try the vanilla milkshakes!! Amazing!!
  • Amy C.
    Amy ChinJune 10, 2012
    3 words- duck confit hash.
  • Tim H.
    Tim HoffmanAugust 14, 2012
    Awesome Diner with a full bar
  • Morgan G.
    Morgan GatesMarch 20, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Holy shit Cherry Pie! I just died and went to heaven.
  • Daniel M.
    Daniel McDonoughSeptember 2, 2012
    food is good but a bit pricey for standard eggs and bacon.
  • Sukari B.
    Sukari BrownJanuary 16, 2013
    Get the steak and fries!!!! Amazing
  • Pablo V.
    Pablo VelizApril 13, 2012
    The "Steamed Lobster" is awesome!
  • David B.
    David BakalJanuary 12, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the duck breast! Mmmmmmm
  • Mark G.
    Mark GoodacreAugust 24, 2013
    Excellent Smutty Nose IPA on tap.
  • Tanya R.
    Tanya RobinsonAugust 1, 2013
    Very good gazpacho!
  • Batool A.
    Batool Al DaawiMay 5, 2013
    Nice place, not so good food. Very salty fries.
  • Mae 🌸🌺 B.
    Mae 🌸🌺 BeermanAugust 20, 2013
    Really cute retro decor.
  • Jeremy B.
    Jeremy BermanJuly 10, 2012
    The chocolate chip pancake is so hot right now
  • Caitlin C.
    Caitlin ClementsFebruary 10, 2013
    Try the doughnuts and mac & cheese
  • Ben M.
    Ben MartinekNovember 26, 2012
    Rather underwhelming... Bad service, largely mediocre food, and their milkshake machine was broken. Three requests to get a drinks. Keep walking down the street...
  • bySMITH
    bySMITHAugust 15, 2012
    full disclosure chili=good, turkey burger=not so good
  • Olutosin F.
    Olutosin FashusiJanuary 3, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    the french toast is awesome!
  • Peter T.
    Peter T.March 17, 2012
    Never opt for the salad. It's seriously 5 pieces of drenched lettuce.
  • Fred C.
    Fred CookJune 8, 2012
    Add duck confit to your burger ftw
  • Priscilla L.
    Priscilla LugoJanuary 20, 2012
    Disgusting and over priced. Had a burger and it was so undercooked the patty was mush. Friend had a chicken Cesar salad and it had anchovies in it. Yuck!!!!
  • Martin S.
    Martin SchultzMay 14, 2012
    Friendly service! :-)
  • David
    DavidMarch 15, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Never a bad time for a bomb milkshake !!
  • Remington G.
    Remington GuestMay 19, 2013
    Wifi is pancakes.
  • Tony H.
    Tony HaileFebruary 20, 2012
    Chef refused to do a lobster roll without mayo (after the waiter checked and said they could) because it wouldn't look right #fail
  • Thomas R.
    Thomas ReibkeAugust 7, 2013
    Great veggie burger
  • Chanson
    ChansonJuly 27, 2012
    The food is decent. Nothing special but not bad either. It is, however, waaaay overpriced.
  • Anthony D.
    Anthony De RosaMarch 29, 2012
    Damn good root beer
  • melanie k.
    melanie kwongFebruary 5, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Damn good coffee and donuts.
  • Mimi W.
    Mimi WMay 20, 2012
  • David M.
    David MichaelFebruary 16, 2013
    Sadly not your usual sized portions for a diner and over priced.
  • Sarah N.
    Sarah NelsonMarch 13, 2012
    on my list- brunch?
  • The Lo-Down
    The Lo-DownJanuary 17, 2012
    Just so you know, whelks = sea snails.
  • Lisa L.
    Lisa LMarch 7, 2013
    $12 for a grilled cheese and fries. Too expensive.
  • Nick G.
    Nick GigliaOctober 23, 2012
    Bowery Special
  • waisum t.
    waisum tFebruary 5, 2012
    Overpriced mediocre food. Skip the ramekin sized mussels. However, the charcuterie plate was decent.
  • Steph M.
    Steph MJuly 4, 2012
    Horrible service. You have to beg them to take your order, pay, or bring you the food you ordered
  • Adrienne W.
    Adrienne WJuly 1, 2012
    The fries!!!
  • AP d.
    AP du PlessisNovember 24, 2012
    Not the best pancakes in town anymore.
  • Evan
    EvanJanuary 18, 2012
    Still needs some fine tuning but has potential.
  • Andrew M.
    Andrew MercandoMarch 30, 2012
    Meh, I'd skip this spot. Better food in the neighborhood.
  • Kevin R.
    Kevin RocheFebruary 23, 2014
    Not good. 20% tip included as an insult
  • kavita k.
    kavita kulkarniJune 29, 2013
    don't come here. C- experience
  • Lisa L.
    Lisa LMarch 9, 2013
    Way overpriced. Food eh.
  • Nancy C.
    Nancy ChuangFebruary 5, 2012
    Terrible service, mediocre food and overpriced. Never again!
  • Faith S.
    Faith SavoieMarch 11, 2012
    Shit service.
  • Cheiber R.
    Cheiber RollNovember 8, 2013
    Genial! Buen precio y genial servicio. Decoración 100% Dinner americano. Camareros super atentos. No exigen la propina. Musica t comida 100% recomendables. No dejes de probar el steak tartar ♡
  • Manuel C.
    Manuel CortesApril 29, 2012
    Muy bueno este lugar tiene un ambiente la raja, buena comida, buena atencion.... Good place, is very Cool, good pfood, good atention
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