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This was when we met Empire Diner, located at the corner of 10th Ave and 22nd St. Its funky font and steel exterior give it a retro, 20's feeling, so interesting that you won't miss it.

"It's the classic NYC winter." 

Well-heard, but still could not justify this brutal, bone-freezing coldness. Every outdoor errand is formidable, as I'm afraid my face would be chopped off by the knife-like gale. Home has become the ultimate honey comb where I could hang around with my all-around PJ and truly admire the dancing snow from the other side of the window.

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When we did have to drag our body out to get things done last weekend, we seriously needed some comfort food to warm up the soul, especially after walking in the frigid wind that was roaring through the Chelsea gallery neighborhood. 

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The interior was surprisingly cozy and even more sassy. The space was disguised as a "dining car" where classic diner-style booths and bar table were installed.

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We later found out that Empire Diner is actually an iconic landmark. You may have seen it in some of the NYC movies, such as Manhattan and Home Alone 2. 

Now I wound't be surprised with its retro design and unique vibe.

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The diner was built in 1946, closed in 2010 and reopened in January 2014. It has been given new life from its executive chef Amanda Freitag.

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The food was impressive, a little bit too good to be in a traditional diner. We didn't order much but were already sold. We love its Mac & Cheese, which was creamy and comforting. It was interesting that the macaroni was replaced with Spanish rice. The taste was so rich and exquisite that it could totally come from fine-dining places. The fact that we did need the carbs to survive such cold weather made it more enjoyable (less guilty). 

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So next time when you visit the Chelsea art galleries and High Line, you may consider swing by Empire Diner for a nostalgic touch of your trip.

HOURS: 5AM - 12AM (varies by day)

210 10TH AVENUE, NY, NY 10011


GRADED BY SYCOMORE

DECOR  ★★

SERVICE ★★★

TASTE ★★

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