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Empire Diner

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Address: 210 Tenth Avenue
City: New York, NY
Zip: 10011
Phone: (212) 596-7523
Site: Visit the restaurant site
Map: Map
Chef: John DeLucie
Cuisine: Diners
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Area: Chelsea


Empire Diner, the iconic freestanding diner in the West Chelsea, is back offering Classic American fare. Since opening in 1976, Empire Diner has been a neighborhood and industry staple as the area has become home to a number of art galleries, hotels and residences. Under the partnership of Chef John DeLucie and the Cafeteria team, the restaurant hopes to be a culinary destination once again for locals and travelers alike. While the exterior of the diner remains untouched, the inside space has been transformed into a more contemporary diner experience. The authentic stainless steel panels have been restored and accentuated. Wood panels are lined along the ceiling to complement the unique structure of the restaurant to create a more refined atmosphere.

“Small Plates” are upscale renditions of classic diner favorites including Celery Root Soup served with brown butter and crab, the Frisée salad with poached egg and sherry vinaigrette and the Yellowtail Crudo with cucumber jalapeño broth and crispy quinoa. On the lighter side are Crispy Artichokes with house aioli, Roasted Heirloom Carrots with ricotta, coriander and puffed lentils, Beef Carpaccio with horseradish cream, shaved shallots and capers, and Sweet Pea and Onion Toast with goat cheese and roasted garlic. Other shareable “Sides” include Crispy Vidalia Onion Rings and Potato Rosti with chives and sour cream. Heartier selections include Braised Beef Short Rib with horseradish gremolata, Empire Double Patty Burger with American cheese served with herbed french fries, and finally a Sourdough Pretzel Fried Chicken with chili mustard sauce. Desserts offer new twists on diner favorites and include a traditional three-layer Coconut Cake with coconut butter cream and pineapple ribbons and the Empire S’mores Torte with toasted marshmallow, semi-sweet chocolate mousse, house made graham crackers and vanilla ice cream.

Cocktails bring the Empire’s “Salty Dog” made with pressed fennel and grapefruit juices, a variation of a “Bee’s Knee’s” called “The High Line” which is infused with sage honey, lemon and bee pollen, and her “Mule” which combines matcha with notes of mint, lime and ginger.

Reservations are accepted by phone at (212) 335-2277. For more information, visit  See more