Old John's Luncheonette
Recently reopened after a pandemic-induced closure, this 70-year-old Upper West Side institution is back with a new name. The restaurant, formerly known as Old John’s Luncheonette, retained the space’s old school charm from an antique neon sign and ‘50s-style soda fountain, and now offers up a few new takes on classic diner fare by chef Grayson Schmitz. From buttermilk blueberry pancakes topped with lemon butter to a dry-aged beef burger, plus egg creams and ice cream sodas with ice cream made in-house by pastry chef Tanya Ngangan, Old John’s Diner is a worthy pick any time of day.
How to book: Walk in
Old John’s Burger
The return of Old John’s Diner is a 2021 comeback we’re welcoming with open arms. After operating for more than 70 years and closing during the pandemic, the diner relaunches this week with a new redesign and chef Grayson Schmitz (Jean-Georges, Fiamma, BKLYN Larder) overseeing the menu of classic American comfort fare. Their signature Old John’s Burger comes with an 8 oz patty of dry-aged New York strip and chuck along with cheddar cheese and raw onion on a sesame seed bun. And for a super throwback meal, enjoy it with a classic egg cream (that contains no egg or cream, because hello modern times).