94 Prince St, New York, NY 10012
Just because something's old and has been around a long time doesn't necessarily make it good. Fanelli's got a great location - an easy draw for the artists still in SoHo, the models and hipsters and the folks who chase after them and the tourists - which is what it's got going for it.
You're not going to go there for the cuisine, it's a social scene.
Service is brusque, food is ok, surroundings are dark and old.
Can be extremely crowded during happy hour and weekends
385 Avenue Of The Americas, New York, NY 10014
This has got to be one of the most reliable 24/7 diners out there. The food's not bad either. Like someone else said, don't go for the fancy dishes, stick to the basics which is what they do best.
The place is open round the clock and gets crowded even at 3 AM, mostly folks unwinding from the bar and club scene ducking in for some coffee and bites.
Service is prompt and businesslike, has to be with the kind of crowd this place packs in on the weekends.
1540 Broadway, New York, NY 10036
You don't go to Planet Hollywood or these theme restaurants like Mars 2112, they're not going to be focused as intently on the food. You go to these places for the decor, the eye candy, the surroundings.
The food is dressed up diner food at worst and tries to be classy at best. Stick to the desserts and drinks and you'll be ok
The staff are prompt and friendly, it's a kid friendly place so feel free to take the little ones.
Tiengarden Vegan Restaurant
170 Allen St, New York, NY 10002
Tien Garden consistently offers some of the best vegan fare in the city. The ingredients are fresh and the diner is given the option of baked or fried spring rolls, go for the baked! The crust is greaseless and crunchy.
The place is small and more reminiscent of hole in the wall operations but the establishment is clean, spare, well kept.
The owner is often on hand to guide one through the dishes, offering helpful recommendations.
The waitstaff is very friendly and also well versed in the dishes. Great value for the money.
1307 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10021
Candle Cafe has a diverse menu and changes seasonally with the fresh ingredients available. Always something new to try, the drinks and smoothies are quite good too.
The service is prompt and courteous, staff is friendly, the decor is contemporary and clean.
The one big drawback for me however is that in recent months probably as a cost saving measure they have been serving diminished portions which I think is a shame. Still a good place though to stop by after doing the museums on the Upper East Side.
Caravan of Dreams Restaurant
405 E 6th St, New York, NY 10009
The food varies in consistency. Some dishes are good some days and not on others. The paella manages to stay ok.
Their fruit shakes and smoothies are refreshing in the summer, however avoid the desserts. The desserts are either bland or too sweet.
Because it is one of the few raw food establishments in the city there is a sense of preening self righteousness, as though you should be glad they exist.
551 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024
Like the other reviews say, definitely avoid weekends which are packed. However, weekday afternoons are a good bet, after say taking someone over to the Museum of Natural History.
The favs are of course the Popovers themselves with strawberry butter which melts right into the bread. The Popovers Benedict are delicious with the lemon Hollandaise sauce.
The service is expedient. The decor at times has cutesy teddy bears lining the windows.
At best it's a good brunch spot if you can land a seat, at worst it's overpriced diner food.
885 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10022
The seafood here is some of the best I've ever had, the slices of salmon were sliced so thin they nearly melted in the mouth. The seasonings were perfect.
The ice cream desserts were incredibly rendered by the pastry chef.
This is one of the places which are good for rare occasions as it is fairly pricey.
The ambience is a fun bright decorative style, the service prompt and courteous.
My only complaint are some of the loud obnoxious patrons themselves. The cell phone rule should be enforced more as some annoying patrons could be heard loudly blabbing about ther personal lives or business, most obnoxious the loud texan boors.