What is the essence of a diner? At Remedy Diner, it’s all about slightly elevated, classic American staples. Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, there’s no better way to remedy your wildest comfort food cravings.

Walking into Remedy Diner is like walking onset of a Hollywood film. The large checkered tiles,
embossed ceiling, and rounded edges, along with wood and silver accents set the stage for a very nostalgically ’80s art deco diner.

Interior at Remedy Diner. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)
Interior at Remedy Diner. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

Not to our surprise, a few episodes of “White Collar,” a Lexus commercial, and a Seinfield interview were filmed at Remedy.

One would expect to be served all-star classic diner fare at such a place, and that is what you will get—and then some. Good home-style food, large portions, all at a reasonable price.Take the Tex Mex Burger ($8.50) for example. Open face Angus beef patty with melted pepper jack cheese, bacon, avocados, and a generous side of sweet potato fries.

Mmmm burger. Mmm bacon. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)
Mmmm Tex Mex Burger. Mmm bacon. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

Or the No. 1 Club Sandwich ($13) with triple decker turkey, lettuce, crispy bacon, and tomato served with tri-colored slaw, pickles, and fries.

Turkey, more bacon, and more mmm. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)
Turkey, more bacon, and more mmm. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

Behind the scenes in the kitchen at Remedy Diner, the use of whole foods and fresh produce is essential. Everything on the menu and everything you see in the pastry and cake displays is made from scratch and baked in-house. Speaking of the menu, it’s extensive.

Alongside your standard diner fare, Remedy Diner’s specialty is options, serving a long list of salads, quesadillas, pastas, finger foods, small plates, and full blown entrees.

Notable finger food? Two words: Mozzarella Sticks ($8). My companion and I couldn’t put a finger on what made the mozzarella sticks so good, but we could not put them down after the first bite. But then, how could you ever go wrong with fried cheese?

Mozzarella Sticks. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)
Mozzarella Sticks. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

As for the small plates, the Octopus Cocktail ($13) is a must. Tender and flavorful with cherry tomatoes, red onions, capers, cilantro, and lemon oil.

Entrees include chicken, all kinds of seafood, and steak dishes. We tried the Chicken Parmigiana ($18), a blanket of mozzarella over fried chicken atop a bed of spaghetti with tomato sauce—and we’re fans.

Chicken Parmigiano (top) and Octopus Cocktail (bottom). (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)
Chicken Parmigiano (top) and Octopus Cocktail (bottom). (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

While the seemingly endless menu dabbles in a variety of cuisines, Remedy Diner’s cornerstone is comfort food.

No diner is complete without pancakes, eggs, and bacon. The Lumberjack ($12) comes with all three: fluffy pancakes, two eggs any style, and your choice of bacon, ham, or sausage. This is a must if you appreciate the combination of sweet and savory.

We got the Lumberjack with over-easy eggs and turkey bacon. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)
We got the Lumberjack with over-easy eggs and turkey bacon. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

If you’re particular about eating the food on your plate separately, you’ve got to make an exception for these pancakes. The optimal bite is eating all three things together with a drizzle of syrup.

The French Toast ($7) was buttery, without being too overwhelming, and moist, without being soggy. The crust packed a surprising crunch.

Drizzle drizzle French Toast. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)
Drizzle drizzle French Toast. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

Wash down your pancakes and French Toast with a Pistachio Milkshake ($5), Black and White Shake ($6), or Shirley Temple ($5.50) with a scoop of ice cream.

Shakes galore. Black and White Shake (L), Pistachio Milkshake (back), Shirley Temple (R) with a generous scoop of ice cream. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)
Shakes galore. Black and White Shake (L), Pistachio Milkshake (back), Shirley Temple (R) with a generous scoop of ice cream. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

You can’t forget about dessert. There are eight different cakes, eight different pies, and a variety of freshly baked pastries to choose from.

We had the Red Velvet Cake ($5.50), with whipped cream frosting, which was our favorite. The Tiramisu ($6) was light and creamy. And the Chocolate Outrage ($5.50) was beyond outrageous, in the best way possible, with six layers of chocolate cake and chocolate frosting. The chocolate cake was moist and dense—a dream ending.

What do we love about Remedy Diner? Options. Variety means there is something for everyone, which translates to being family-friendly. The restaurant is also spacious enough to accommodate big groups.

A bar serves  cocktails and tap beers around the clock. You are greeted by a massive cake display and freshly baked pastries upon walking into the diner. Whatever you’re looking for, Remedy Diner will most likely be able to satisfy your cravings.

Remedy Diner
245 E. Houston St.
212-677-5110
RemedyDinerNYC.com
Open 24 hours