The Francophone greasy spoon, love child of bistro and diner, has become its own New York restaurant genre. This newcomer lacks the scruffy charm of predecessors like the late Florent, but Belgian chef Mathieu Palombino brings his obsessive eye for detail to bear upon a whole roster of short-order classics. The show-stealer is a classic Reuben made with house-smoked corned beef and piled high with just enough melted Swiss and tangy kraut. There’s traditional Gallic fare, too, tailored for the diner digs: Escargot-style steamed whelks look like truck-stop eats on cafeteria dishware, while a generous bistro steak comes with excellent slim, stubby fries in a tall paper cone on the side. Desserts, like a dense orange blossom donut, could use a bit more work, but the built-to-share spiked milk shakes are fun and offbeat.
The Bowery Diner
|Venue name:||The Bowery Diner||Contact:|
|Cross street:||between Rivington and Stanton Sts|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Thu, Sun 7am–midnight; Fri, Sat 7am–2am|
|Transport:||Subway: F to Lower East Side–Second Ave|
|Price:||Average main course: $21. AmEx, Disc, MC, V|