The musical Stomp has been drawing audiences to New York’s Orpheum theater since 1994, but it still has a long run ahead of it if it wants to keep pace with the show happening right next door. Since 1979, the cooks at Stage Restaurant have been playing to a packed house, serving heaping helpings of made-from-scratch comfort food. Though there’s no shortage of tried-and-true diner staples—including a much lauded homemade corned beef hash—it’s the authentic Eastern European specialties that take top billing. Cabbage soup and white borscht are served all day, as is breakfast, in which kielbasa is folded into omelettes or twisted into a birthday party hat. The authentic recipes come courtesy of owner Roman Diakun, who emigrated from Poland in 1976 and spent three years working as a butcher before opening Stage Restaurant. Today, Roman and his primary grill man Chester cater to a loyal following that has earned a reputation for being nearly as diverse as the diner’s menu. On any given day, expensive suits and teenage hipsters can be found literally rubbing elbows at the cramped linoleum counter while waiting to dig into challah bread French toast or homemade cabbage rolls, and the short-order standard has even been known to draw in a celebrity or two during its more than 30 years in business.