Deluxe on Broadway's cooks craft homespun diner fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, skillfully blending milk shakes and whisking together house-made quiche. Outdoor seating allows diners to sip coffee without taking a break from sunbathing or snowball fighting, and other guests can take refuge behind booths or on stools before the counter. Between bites, diners can take advantage of the WiFi service or peruse the framed pictures and frame-worthy thumbtacks that adorn the Tuscan yellow walls.
Nothing about Orion Diner makes customers feel rushed. The kitchen stays open 24 hours a day, which ensures that passersby always have the opportunity to stop and recharge with a cup of Italian Segafredo Zanetti coffee or melted-down AAA batteries for robot customers. Even the menu seems to encourage perusal and deliberation, occupying more than a dozen pages with rib-sticking comfort food that ranges from omelets and Angus hamburgers to baked ziti parmigiana and gyros.
Orion Diner's decor places it a notch above greasy spoon, but the ambiance is undeniably cozy. Brick columns appear along the wall of floor-to-ceiling windows, complementing the warm earth tones of the dark tan booths and their pendant-lamp lighting. The recessed ceiling is designed to look like a shattered roof, which encourages diners to look up and gaze through the faux skylight at clouds all of 12 feet off the floor—NASA would have saved billions of dollars by launching spacecraft from this spot.
Though Metro Diner opened in 1996, the owners took great pains to pay homage to the American eateries of generations gone by, installing art deco-style booths, a neon wraparound marquee, and leather swivel stools that line a traditional lunch counter. The menu provides the only proof diners haven't left the 21st Century: time-tested staples such as burgers and Belgian waffles arrive alongside upscale entrées such as grilled Norwegian salmon or rigatoni bolognese slow-simmered with wine, garlic, and shiitake mushrooms. New York Magazine even lauded Metro Diner for baking its muffins and apple turnovers on-site––an old-fashioned notion in an age when most restaurants outsource their baking to tree elves.
The licensed aestheticians at Spa Aura don't just specialize in European or Asian techniques; rather, they practice a seamless fusion of both. During manicures and pedicures, for instance, nail techs not only expertly apply eye-catching polish, but also help improve blood flow with massage and acupressure techniques. Patrons then visit the upper level's nail-drying bar, where they can watch retro films or read magazines until their colors dry.
Down in the softly lit lower level, past tiled floors lined with glowing lights, aestheticians incorporate ingredients such as coconut milk into circulation-boosting body treatments. Following one of Spa Aura?s body treatments?as well as facials and massages?clients are invited for a soothing visit to the infrared sauna. The dry sauna, lined with minerals plucked from the mountains of Asia, detoxifies bodies in a more relaxing way than trying to remove pennies stuck up the nose during childhood.
Originally established as a breakfast and lunch spot in 1946, Court Square Diner found a second life in 1991, the year current owners Steve and Nick took over. Aside from expanding the menu to include dinner, they gave the aging stand-by a complete makeover, replacing the tired pink furnishings and dated chandeliers with retro leather booths and sleek art-deco hardware. Now open 24 hours a day, Court Square Diner has come to epitomize the American diner in both look and feel, inspiring the producers of shows such as NYPD Blue and 30 Rock to film there. The menu also offers up everything guests have come to expect from a classic diner, from omelets and monte cristos to triple-decker sandwiches and gyro platters. Even the bakery items—including layer cakes, pies, strudels, and baklava—are always baked on the premises, and are never scrounged from the kitchen of a sunken galleon.
Sometimes a menu is best described as a fusion, but at Flo Cafe it's more accurate to call it a collection. The chef collects delicious dishes from all over the world to create a menu that features southwestern eggs benedict alongside sushi rolls and italian pastas. The staff also curates an extensive wine list with varietals from Argentina, France, New Zealand, and California to complement their diverse menu.
Inside, pale wood paneling coats pillars and surrounds enormous, wall-dominating portraits of colorfully made-up models. Couches and chairs fit snugly into a decor scheme of entirely warm colors, echoed in the dried grass and red-tinged leaves of the plants, giving the whole establishment a golden-hued glow like Donald Trump's gold-plated night light.