A diner's oversize booths and oversize pies have long been a beacon of hope for teens dumped after prom and frowny clowns looking for new novelty-size props. Take refuge in the crispy crust of an old-fashioned eatery with today's Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of diner fare at Landmark Diner.
The pages of thick menus at Landmark Diner flutter 24 hours a day with an array of Greek and Italian fare, sky-high sandwiches, and savory seafood. Diners lean back against the colorful padding of booths while contemplating the menu or reveal their superhero identity. A bevy of breakfast items starts the day or night with a choice of nine omelets or an a.m.-themed stack founded on an English muffin that cushions smoked salmon and poached eggs ($14.99). Thirty-plus sandwiches tempt tongues with turkey burgers ($9.49) or the tangy kraut of a corned beef Reuben accompanied by house-made potato salad ($11.99). Pan-seared grouper luxuriates among a sea of capers and white-wine sauce ($14.99), and a blackened fillet of wild salmon ($16.99) provides enough Omega-3s to ace an eye exam without studying. The flaky pastry melding with spinach in a dish of spanakopita ($12.99) transports taste buds to Greece, and eggplant parmigiana ($14.99) jaunts over to Italy. Meanwhile, an illuminated case of desserts lets baklava ($5.50), lemon-meringue pie ($4.95), and carrot cake ($5.99) press their faces against the glass and beg to be chosen by passersby.