Tuesday, January 24, 2012

NYC: Brooklyn Diner (Times Square)

When I got back from my winter in NYC, I promised a bunch of new reviews
 of places to eat in the city. So here's the first one. While trying many different
places for breakfast, one I went to more than once was Brooklyn Diner.
(Went there a couple times because of taste and convenience) 

Unlike it's name suggests, the diner is located right in the heart of Times
Square & contrary to my first thought, it's not crazy tourist packed.
Although the people sitting in might all be tourists, it certainly doesn't
feel like it. (i.e. no lost tourists asking for directions, back packs and coats
tossed everywhere, no screaming kids....very calm and 'normal'). 

The menu has all the usuals and more. Below is what my family & I
tried out while there. And one thing at the diner had us coming back
for more every morning!

Above: The drinks we ordered (as named in the picture)
The milkshake was pretty good, the rest, just as expected.
No disappointments.

<-- I ordered this as well, and it tasted amazing.

Above: The food we ordered (when we went back it was usually because of the ice cream/pancakes/cookies). A very indulgent breakfast!
(the whipped cream - fresh and homemade at the diner,
I finished it before the pancakes even arrived! [don't judge!])

From their menu: 
The 'Valrhona' is the one in the picture, and as a chocolate
chip pancake it was amazing! And to add to it, they use
Valrhona chocolate. Which is only the best chocolate to 
use for cooking/baking! It really makes a difference in
the taste!

This is the omelette + crispy polenta fries, and regular 
french fries
The french fries were okay, a big soft for my liking
The polenta - not my thing! Tried it for the first time
don't think I would order it again.

We also, once, tried the red velvet waffle, which as pictured is 
as expected. However from the menu you can see the order is
pretty heavy, so we opted to skip the frosting! The regular waffle
is pretty good too.

The BIG DEAL. This chocolate chip cookie is the best of it's kind.
It's almost the size of a regular dining plate (as seen in the picture).
It has chunks - not chips - chunks of Valrhona chocolate inside, and is soft,
chewy, crispy from the outside, and warm (freshly baked!). I'm serious, this 
was the main thing that we came back to the diner for (3 mornings in a row)!

There were a couple other things I would've liked to have tried, like the lemon
and blueberry pancakes. Most of the items on their breakfast menu seems
like it wouldn't disappoint

Some other pictures of the diner itself:

The great view from the tables by the window

The diner is adorned with all kinds of sweets, not to
mention the amazing Wayne Theibaud reprints!

The diner is pretty big, spacious and although full, you usually get a place to sit (also depends on what time you get there)

The pricing was pretty average in comparison to other main diners in the city.
For more info on the diner checkout their website: BrooklynDiner

I hope this post was helpful and fun. If you're in the area, at least drop in for the cookie!

All photos by & copyright of LVP
Menu clippings via BrooklynDiner.com

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