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.
Flavor wizards sling a menu of fresh fare at The Manchester Diner, which was named after the 1910 Manchester building that housed famous figures such as Hank Jones and Flannery O'Connor. Grillmasters prepare each burger to order, perching the patty atop a toasted bun and pairing it with an edible coterie of coleslaw and a pickle. Beneath a mosaic of tiles and pendant lamps, diners can customize beefy bites with a slew of toppings, such as sautéed mushrooms, bacon, avocado, blue cheese, and french fries. Like certified-organic princesses, salads come crowned with premium ingredients, such as the fresh Norwegian salmon, blueberries, strawberries, walnuts, and feta that festoon the Royal salad. Lettuce whisperers toss the mesclun field salad with fresh melon and grilled chicken before servers whisk it to tables with citrus vinaigrette harvested from the tears of freshly zested lemons.
Artie's Delicatessen's contemporary take on a 1930s deli bedecks restaurant king Artie Cutler's blinged-out crown with its final gem. Churning out a menu of homestyle Jewish dishes, young, savvy chefs serve up bread-bookended stacks of pastrami, corned beef, swiss cheese, coleslaw, and russian dressing ($14). The turkey and brisket sandwich satiates beef buffs ($11.95), and the Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner's fresh white meat served atop a mound of stuffing, cranberry relish, mashed potatoes, and vegetables ($15.95) has customers tracing hand turkeys year-round.
Passersby may feel compelled to stop outside of Stargate Restaurant because, well, there's a stop sign hanging from the storefront. Sort of. Upon closer inspection, the crimson octagon doesn't actually say "STOP," but instead frames a stylized knife and fork, beckoning people to come inside and eat. Those who follow the sign's suggestion are rewarded with an extensive eight-page menu, which begins with a bounty of breakfasts that includes everything from omelets to waffles.
In the afternoon, patrons explore wraps, 14 different burgers, malts, and housemade soups. Dinner entrees are a bit more elegant, with steak and seafood dishes. Or, patrons can stick to breakfast items, which, like the worst dance teams, are served all day.
For more than 85 years, Lexington Candy Shop has been comforting palates with old-fashioned eats, such as burgers, sandwiches, and ice-cream floats. Guests can belly up to the retro counter or grab a table, then select either two sandwiches from more than 20 basic options or two burgers prepared with 100% Black Angus beef from more than 15 burger configurations. Settle incisor indecision by landing them in a jumbo mozzarella-bacon burger ($10.75), a jumbo Lexington butter burger ($9.50), or veggie-friendly garden burger with cheese and a degree in horticulture ($8.25). If it's not the burger's day, try a classic liverwurst ($5.95) or fresh-sliced turkey sandwich ($11.95) before quenching dessert thirst with tasty ice-cream floats made with Bassetts Ice Cream of Philadelphia and available in root beer, Coke, Cherry Coke, Sprite, or ginger ale, or malted or frosted milkshakes ($7.50, each).
Grab a burger and milkshake before you hula-hoop in your poodle skirt to the sock hop hand-jive dance with today’s Groupon. For $15, you get $30 worth of fine dinering at EJ’s Luncheonette, an establishment so old school they have no home on the mind-blowing Internet. It also doesn't deal with futuristic credit cards, so make sure you’ve got enough cash for a tip on your journey back in time. Your Groupon is good at both EJ’s East and EJ’s West.In a 1950s diner your server might dress as Marilyn Monroe or Elvis Presley to entertain and delight you.In an 1850s diner your server might dress as an Apache warrior to test your loyalty to your family and recruit you to defend their once vast empire.