Waverly Diner: Breakfast Check

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The newly reopened Waverly Diner admits plenty of pre-winter sun.


When my colleague, the eagle-eyed Lauren Shockey, reported that the Waverly Diner had just reopened after a what-seemed-like-forever hiatus, I dragged my ass over there as quickly as possible, just to see if the place could possibly be the same as it ever was.

As the most famous of Village Greek diners, the joint is familiar to thousands of residents and visitors. It never was the best Greek diner in the Village, but everyone who hangs out downtown has found herself in there at one time or another -- and it's open 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.

Though there's twice as much seating now, some on a raised platform that runs the depth of the front room, the dimpled Naugahyde upholstery and the faux-polished wood of the tables and dividers has been faithfully reproduced at the four-person and novel two-person booths, as if art restorers had been involved.

And speaking of art, the quasi-naive mural of Jefferson Market Courthouse (now a library) in the days when Sixth Avenue was dominated by an elevated train has been retained and, perhaps, degreased.

I tried a breakfast I've eaten dozens of times before to judge the food: two over-easy eggs, cottage fries (as they call them, somewhat inaccurately), sausages, whole-wheat toast, ice water, and coffee. The price was about the same as before: $8 plus change.

Herewith a description of my breakfast experience:



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9 comments
Justine Cullinan
Justine Cullinan

Thank goodness -- when I first hauled myself up the subway stairs I felt gobsmacked -- another temple gone, another good place to eat done in by either too-much money (those not felled by the recession) or the rest of us (no need to explain) ...

Justine Cullinan
Justine Cullinan

Thank goodness -- when I first hauled myself up the subway stairs I felt gobsmacked -- another temple gone, another good place to eat done in by either too-much money (those not felled by the recession) or the rest of us (no need to explain) ...

9300 Realty
9300 Realty

We are so excited that the Waverly Diner is open once again! Almost everything on the menu is delicious! Not to mention that the place looks better than ever! Welcome back!

crankbunny
crankbunny

went there tonight to get my standard chicken club - same! next up is the monte cristo. i miss the head shots and the hanging plants, but glad they are open again.

Rob
Rob

Aw man, what did they do to the Waverley? Where have the head shots gone? Aw man!?!

marty wombacher
marty wombacher

What a great breakfast! I'm so glad the Waverly Diner is open again! I'm going tonight for a Waverly Melt!

kim
kim

i remember going there for dinner with my mom one wintry evening.  Not the best of food (I got seafood, yea, in a diner), but loved the no frill ambience and just the feel goodness of supporting a local joint.

Rsietsema
Rsietsema

When you think of it, it's really amazing it didn't turn into a wine bar or a Burger King

Mak
Mak

Totally agree.  A place worth supporting.  I think that their pancakes (a simple thing which surprisngly many places simply can't manage to cook properly) are especially good, the prices aren't unreasonable, and it is one of the few places left in the neighborhood with an air of authenticity about it.

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