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.
When you grab a seat or booth at the luncheonette, you’ll notice a menu full of American comfort food. If you’re going for a bready breakfast, there are Belgian waffles—both basic ($7.45) and covered in various toppings ($8.95–$10.45)—or griddle favorites such as buttermilk flapjacks ($7.45), perfect for sticking to the inside of your ribs or the faces of people you need to distract during an art heist.
Eggheads can get plain omelettes (served with toasted challah and home fries, $7.45) or fancier concoctions like Carmine’s omelette (tomatoes, mozzarella and basil, $8.95). Or go to a tour of the breakfast world with a skillet like EJ’s Breakfast Sampler (two eggs with bacon, ham, sausage, home fries, and challah toast, $9.50).
When the clock strikes noon or your stomach goes on breakfast strike, settle in for a salad, sandwich, or burger. Granny Smith’s chopped chicken salad has everything from grilled chicken, blue cheese, apples, tomatoes, and more on a bed of romaine lettuce for $12.50. On the sandwich side, there are veggie options such as the garden club (avocado, tomato, cheese, cucumber, mushrooms, sprouts, and basil mayo, $8.45) and meatier choices such as EJ’s turkey club (oven-roasted turkey, bacon, lettuce, tomato, and basil mayo, $8.45).
No diner is complete without a definitive burger. These charbroiled half-pound beasts come with the fixings and fries and range from $8.45 for a basic to $12.50 for a double, with plentiful options in between. Finish it all off by drinking desert through a straw, Robocop style, or choose from an extensive selection of forkable sweets.
- This is a good place to go if you want to sit down for a home-cooked meal. Classic breakfast and comfort foods. Portions are good and not overpriced. – nylovesit, Citysearch
- The decor was appealingly retro, the service was prompt and friendly and the food was above average diner fare. – theis, TripAdvisor
- Busy luncheonette - reminiscent of a good family diner. Somewhat busy but food came hot, our orders were correct, and out 1 year old fit right in. – finafromsayville, New York
Of course, when people refer to a ’50s-style diner, they uniformly mean diners patterned after the 1950s, often with appropriate food and music selections, and kitschy fashion and decorating. Much rarer are 1850s-style diners, which transport their clientele to a much different period in American history. How different? Note these common discrepancies:
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.
In a 1950s diner you’ll listen to the sounds of Buddy Holly, Chuck Barry, and The Big Bopper.
In an 1850s diner you’ll listen to the sound of the howling wind outside and pray that the fire doesn’t go out before father returns.
In a 1950s diner you’ll ponder a promising young senator named John F. Kennedy and the era of peace and prosperity to follow.
In an 1850s diner you’ll ponder a promising young senator named Abraham Lincoln and the era of peace and prosperity to—oh my god, it all makes sense.
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