Diners in Washington Heights
The best diners in Washington Heights offer delicious comfort food that’s inspired by American, European, and Caribbean cuisines. In a time where fast-food chains dominate the restaurant scene, there’s nothing quite as convenient as finding a neighborhood diner. They’ve got a coziness to them that’s quite difficult to find in other places. Support small businesses and have your next meal at one of the lovely diners listed below.
Wahi Diner serves home-cooked meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a welcoming and clean atmosphere. Every dish from their extensive menu is prepared from scratch by using the freshest of ingredients. The recipes follow traditional American classics with a slight influence of European cuisine. For breakfast, we recommend trying the He Man special which consists of two eggs and two slices challah french toast with a choice of ham, bacon, or sausage. Pasta lovers will find their penne a la vodka hits all the right notes while those who can’t get enough of meat will surely love the signature 7 oz. cheeseburger deluxe. There are daily specials available and they are carefully selected by Wahi’s very own Chef. Wahi is open 24/7 every day of the week and customers can place their orders online for delivery as long as they live within the neighborhood.
Hudson View Restaurant
770 W. 181st St.
Hudson View Restaurant is located in the heart of the Heights right by the A train stop on Ft. Washington Ave. and 181st St. This neighborhood diner is always packed with regulars who come in for a bite of their tasty and quality comfort food. Their breakfast options are widely varied and include American classics such as egg muffins, scrambled eggs with bacon, and omelets. We recommend trying the Hungry Man breakfast for those with a healthy appetite. The special includes a homemade challah french toast, a choice of either a Belgian waffle or buttermilk pancakes, two eggs, ham, bacon, and a pork sausage. For lunch, their green salads come in generous portions and are full of flavor. The Greek salad prepared with feta cheese, Kalamata olives, stuffed grape leaves, and anchovies is as authentic as they come. Don’t miss out on their homemade soup of the day which are cooked using seasonal ingredients!
Hudson View Restaurant on Menu Pages
805 W. 187th St.
Vicky’s Diner is open from breakfast to dinner and offers free delivery service to residents of Washington Heights. This family-owned diner has a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The owner, Vicky, makes it a point to provide personalized service to each customer that walks through the door. The fresh food is prepared following traditional recipes that are based in American and Greek cuisine. They’ve got burgers, omelettes, sandwiches, croissants, soups, pancakes, and much more. Some of their delicious Greek offerings include gyros, spanicopitas, and the chicken souvlaki patter that comes with a side of french fries. Vicky’s Diner is located steps away from Fort Tryon and the Cloisters so head in for a fulfilling meal before exploring the best of what uptown has to offer.
Vicky’s Diner on Yelp
Reme Restaurant is an old school diner that serves comfort food in true American fashion. The diner’s ambiance is charming and reminiscent of the 90’s hit TV show “Seinfeld”. They offer a popular breakfast special where customers get a glass of juice, a cup of coffee, toast, eggs, and harsh browns for only five bucks. The menu at Reme’s is extensive and has something for everyone. We recommend ordering the triple decker turkey club with a generous side of french fries for a light lunch. Other lunch highlights include their sirloin steak with grilled onions, homemade soups, and a variety of veggie wraps. The food is served fast and the service is always professional and courteous. For those with a sweet tooth, we hear the chocolate cake is nothing short of divine.
Reme Restaurant on Yelp
Malecon Restaurant serves Dominican and Caribbean cuisine that’s authentic and prepared with quality ingredients. The diner’s been around for more than 30 years and in doing so has become a neighborhood staple. Their food is full of flavor. Signature menu dishes such as the rotisserie chicken and the mofongo (smashed plantains with chopped pieces of pork drenched in a heavy salsa roja sauce) transport one to the midst of the tropics. Their rice dishes such as the chofan mix with fried rice, shirmp, chicken and beef borrow from the classic Spanish paella and update it with a twist. Enjoy a slice of the tres leches cake and a cup of cafe con leche for dessert. The diner’s lively atmosphere is something that can only be found in a diverse place like Washington Heights.
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