Eat & Drink New York City Restaurants

Sunday Brunching at Nickel & Diner

December 7, 2016

Do y’all want to know how I found out about Nickel & Diner (and a lot of the other restaurants I’ve been to in New York City)? I literally googled “cool brunch spots in NYC” one day during my lunch break and hit the jackpot. I usually rely heavily on Instagram for foodie advice but I decided to take a chance on a random Refinery29 article I found, and we were not disappointed!

Matt actually works really close to Nickel & Diner so he knew the area well, which was a blessing since I’m awful when it comes to directions and am constantly getting lost because of it… We definitely would have been late if I had been in charge of getting us there! I’ll stick with picking out the restaurants.

Nickel & Diner is a fairly new restaurant on the border of China Town so while the outside of the restaurant matches the other buildings around it, the interior looks very much like a modernized 1950s diner. There were large electric blue booths that were big enough to fit eight people, with very minimalistic decorations throughout the rest of the restaurant that I was totally into.

Speaking of minimalistic, Nickel & Diner has a smaller menu than other brunch spots around Manhattan but I didn’t fell limited whatsoever. It was actually quite the opposite considering that I was internally debated for quite a while about whether or not it would be socially acceptable to order two meals just for myself!

After some deliberation, Matt decided to show me up and be healthy by ordering the Ranchero Omelette while I went with quite the naughtiest item on the menu–the Grilled BLT. He’s the worst, I know.

But to be honest, I don’t regret my choice ONE BIT. I was honestly expecting your standard BLT that you can get anywhere but instead I was given a double decker sandwich loaded with smoked bacon, heirloom tomatoes, and truffle vinaigrette. All topped with melted cheese that still has me drooling. So literally the coolest sandwich I’ve ever eaten.

We also split a side of the most delicious potato hash, which had peppers and onions all thrown together.

I’m happy to report that not one bite was left that morning! Which is fine with me since it’s starting to get really cold up here and I need to add some extra fluff to stay warm this winter!


Nickel & Diner
1 Howard Street
New York, NY 10013

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  • OMG this looks so incredibly delicious – I’m hungry looking at it! I love refinery 29, they have some great reccomendations.


    • I read Refinery29 all the time for their money saving and restaurant tips! Love that site!

  • reneejessome

    Oh that grilled BLT looks AMAZING!! Never seen a blt like that before!

    Renee | Life After Lux

    • It was definitely the best BLT I’ve ever had! So drool-worthy!

  • merel

    This look so yum!! I’m so hungry right now!

    X Merel

    • I could definitely eat one of these every morning, although I think that I would have to spend a couple more hours at the gym afterward haha!

  • Rachel

    Everything looks amazing! But the BLT and those potatoes look incredible. You might as well go all out for brunch, right?! haha!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde’s Moment

    • That’s my philosophy! My boyfriend definitely regretted his healthy food choice, so I let him have some of my BLT haha

  • Love brunch so much! This looks so good. You find the best restaurants.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • Brunch is my favorite!! I love breakfast food at all times of the day!

  • Brunch is hands down my favorite meal, this place looks amazing and delish! Definitely adding it to my list next time I’m in the city <3

    Green Fashionista

    • Brunch is my favorite meal too! I’ll take any excuse to eat breakfast!

  • I’m already ready for lunch so now I’m starving!

    Southern Style

    • The food at Nickel & Diner was so yummy!

  • You always eat such yummy things Courtney, I just ate breakfast and am ready for more food after looking at this!

    My Vogue Style |

    • I just love to eat so much haha. I’m always looking for yummy food to eat!

  • Jodi-Kay Edwards

    I love how cute the menu is! Love your photos hun!

    • The menu was so minimalistic and cute! Definitely right up my aesthetic alley!

  • OMG this looks amazing – even the salad is so pretty! I miss American food, sigh.

    • The food at Nickel and Diner was almost as pretty as the interior of the restaurant!

  • This looks so good, I’m feeling super hungry now 😉
    Nati xx

    • I feel like I’m hungry for the majority of the day haha!

  • WhatWouldVWear

    Looks super good! Getting hungry myself!! The menu looks fantastic too! SO many great dishes

    xoxo, Vanessa

    • Nickel & Diner has so many amazing menu options! I really want to go back soon and try a few more dishes!

  • It sounds and looks so yummy, I could eat it this very moment, lol haha! Hope you’re having a lovely week! Xx

    • Me too!! Unfortunately I’ll just stick with my normal avocado toast for breakfast!

  • Len Dela Peña Parent

    Wow that looks super yummy! Thanks for sharing!
    Much love, Len

  • Blaire Bingham

    What a cute place and the food looks absolutely amazing! Thanks for sharing!

    xo, Whitney and Blaire

    Peaches In A Pod

    • Nickel & Diner was so cute and quaint! I loved the plush booth seating!

  • Living on Cloud Nine

    Isn’t Google like the best things!! Oh what we discover. This diner looks like a gem!! Delish!!

    • I don’t know what I would do with myself if I didn’t have google!!

  • Kate

    This place looks great and the food looks delicious! I love a really good brunch. x

    Kate Louise Blogs

    • Brunch is my favorite!! Especially when you go out with a bunch of friends!

  • Andreea Birsan

    That looks like such a great place to brunch! Drooling over those dishes. Have a nice week! <3


    • Omg the food at Nickel & Diner was so drool worthy!! Definitely worth the food baby I had afterward!

  • So this place looks amazing! If I ever get back to NYC, I will go here. I am so hungry now after reading this post!

    • Nickel & Diner is one of my favorite new restaurant finds in NYC!

  • Everything looks so yummy! Pretty cool place! =)

    – Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

    • This restaurant was so cool!!

  • Joan Michel

    I gotta try this place in the city!

    • It’s definitely worth a stop by for brunch!! Their BEC looked amazing too!

  • Katie Schubert

    Oh my goooosh this looks amazing!

    Katie |

    • All of the food we ordered was AMAZING! Especially the potato dish!

  • my mouth is drooling! this looks oh so tasty!

    • My BLT was so delicious! And I really want to make the potato hash for myself!

  • Beauty Follower
    • All of our food was so yummy!

  • Shauna C

    This all looks SO yummy right now! Sounds like a great place!


    • I definitely wouldn’t mind if someone delivered this BLT to my desk right now!!

  • Nickel & Diner is SO cute and all of the food looks incredible! Next time I’m in New York I’ll have to stop by!

    • The interior of the restaurant was so cute!! And the food was just as amazing!

  • Next time, I am definitely going to have brunch here! Oh my…just by looking at your photos, it made me so hungry. I might order two meals just for myself too. Thanks for the share. xx

    • I always debate ordering two meals for myself, but I usually just steal bites of other people’s food instead!

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