Borscht, Calamari & A LOBSTER GRILLED CHEESE @ BROOKLYN DINER, NYC
The convenience of living in Manhattan is part of the appeal. Every want and everything seem to be at the footsteps of every apartment building – so much so that even dining in Brooklyn is feasible without leaving the island!
Last Friday, my assistant and I grabbed a booth at the BROOKLYN DINER, located at 155 West 43rd Street, in the heart of Times Square. With another location at 212 West 57th Street steps away from Carnegie Hall, The Brooklyn Diners are midtown staples that provide traditional diner service, under a Manhattan decor with menu items that make the cuisine a bit more glamorous than the average $10 burger deluxe. The Brooklyn Diner is for the business folks and tourists who are looking for all-American comfort food with a touch of sophistication, and a lavish dose of goodness.
The words “Brooklyn” and “diner” are not two of my favorites when it comes to dining, but paired up they create one great New York City restaurant. Oversized leather booths, 50′s inspired soda counters, neutral colors and toe tapping music give the Brooklyn Diner a signature greasy spoon feel, but one glance at the menu and it’s instant recognition that the Brooklyn Diner is way more than eggs, shakes and fries (although those are served as well). Each recognizable dish has some kind of unique twist that makes it creative and captivating!
The creamy Split Pea Soup is thick and rich, and served topped with slices of beef hot dogs! YUM! The Borscht (my favorite Russian dish) is beefy and served hot! The perfect dollop of sour cream gives the beet soup a nice sweetness, the short rib bits make it hearty and the spinach make it distinct.
Although I was baffled by the vast soup bowls in comparison to the shared miniature portion of calamari, I could not complain! The battered squid was beautifully golden and served with fried peppers! It had kick and character and was some of the best calamari ever!
Served on toasted challah bread, Brooklyn Diner’s Lobster Grilled Cheese is the restaurant’s newest menu item! It’s a buttery, thick, gooey, toasty and decadent sandwich that’s topped with melted parmesan, and made with vermont cheddar and gruyere cheeses melted with lumps of fresh lobster meat. It’s the ultimate in indulgent lunch and is made to be savored and enjoyed with gusto. The limp fries were delicious and made for the most companion to the crisp sandwich. At $30, it’s a bit overpriced, but if money is no worry, the sandwich is totally worth the calories, the pounds and the dollars! I loved it.
With a menu that boasts soups, salads, piled-high pastrami and corned beef, pot pies, stroganoff, pastas, fish, steaks and mac & cheese, The Brooklyn Diner has all the necessary favorites with midtown prices.
I enjoy the Brooklyn Diner for their comforting appeal amidst the midtown luxury. It’s great for family, friends, and informal business meetings. The courteous staff only adds to the experience and any ravenous customer will leave content, having dined on classic mouthwatering cuisine that makes America just that great!