Best diners in Brooklyn, NY
There’s no better way to forget the worries of the day than by ponying up to the counter of a classic New York City diner. The swivel stools, formica countertop, carefully placed sugar pourer, napkin dispenser, and salt and pepper shakers evoke a simpler time when all that really mattered was which song played on the jukebox as you chomped on the first bite of a juicy cheeseburger. Thankfully, Brooklyn is home to old-school restaurants where time seems to stand still. Here’s a guide to some of the best diners in Brooklyn serving up breakfasts, savory meals, and desserts with retro flair.
Junior’s, 386 Flatbush Ave Extension
Nestled on the corner of Flatbush and Dekalb, Junior’s was founded in 1950 and is now considered an NYC dining institution. Behind the pulsating neon exterior is an inviting space decorated with memorabilia celebrating the history and spirit of Brooklyn. A packed menu lists just about everything imaginable from eggs Benedict and griddle cakes to a 10 oz. steakburger and Reuben to fish & chips. Junior’s claim to fame is its “World’s Most Fabulous Cheesecake.” Must try flavors include the classic, raspberry swirl, carrot cake, brownie explosion, and black forest.
Jimmy’s Diner, 577 Union Ave
Come every weekend, crowds line up outside this small, cash-only eatery in Williamsburg. Jimmy’s Diner is a tour de force of souther-style fare with a gold-star menu featuring fried chicken and waffles, biscuits and sausage gravy and a selection of breakfast bowls including grits & eggs and pulled pork hash. The buttermilk pancakes and French toast are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. Serving breakfast all day long, Jimmy’s Diner is a great place to bring the folks when they are in town.
Mike’s Diner, 1454 86th St
Located in Bensonhurst, this Greek-American diner has all you’re looking for in a neighborhood spot – relaxed atmosphere, friendly service, great food, and cheap prices. Every item on the menu is solid with a nearly overwhelming offering of sandwiches, burgers, salad, wraps, and appetizers. Stick-to-your-ribs breakfast meals include omelets with potatoes and toast, Lumberjack pancakes, hungry man French toast, and He-Man waffles. Just stopped in for dessert? You can’t go wrong with the Baklava, deep-fried Twinkie Royale, and classic hot fudge sundae.
Perry’s, 3482 Nostrand Ave
Located in Sheepshead Bay, Perry’s is an inviting local eatery known for its seafood dishes. Unconvinced that ordering seafood at a diner is a good idea? Don’t be, because the shrimp napolitan, crabmeat-stuffed lobster tails, and broiled lemon sole are legit winners. The dense menu is rounded out with the usual dinner and breakfast fare and Greek specialties – owner Perry Kokotas is originally from Mykonos. The super dinner specials are a great deal and come with a choice of listed side, soup or salad, coffee and dessert.
Anopoli, 6920 3rd Ave
As Brooklyn’s longest running diner, Anopoli harks back to a time when date night was spent tucked away in a booth sharing a milkshake and fries. In fact, the Bay Ridge luncheonette still uses the same early 1900s soda fountain. The brimming menu lists Greek favorites such as spinach pie, gyros, and chicken souvlaki alongside hamburgers (try the brunch burger), salads, pancakes, corned beef and hash, and much more. Save room for dessert – the banana split, root beer float and homemade ice cream selection will send you to a place of sweet nostalgic bliss.