Business Travelers: Do you recommend The Bowery Diner for
Switching things up a bit I decide to have a big Saturday morning brunch at a place I’ve heard lots about and have been wanting to try, The Bowery Diner. I’ve missed a lot of changes in The Bowery during my time in Philly and was anxious to see for myself. Usually I will review a dinner, this time it’s breakfast, and you will see a few lunch meals coming soon. Besides, I had a nasty summer cold which was screaming for a steaming hot cup of tea.
The Bowery Diner is on Bowery, not “Bowery Street”, “Bowery Avenue” or “The Bowery”, just Bowery. The neighborhood is called Bowery or The Bowery and has a history of both prosperity and seediness.
The Bowery Diner Experience: On Saturday morning, July 14, 2012, I awoke with a nasty head cold. Wanting to get out and get something to sooth my suffering (boo hoo) I decide it was the perfect opportunity to expand my bar meal reviews and I walk into the Bowery Diner about 10:15 A.M., I was not to be disappointed.
It’s a very nice morning and when I walk in Frank Sinatra is playing, cool. The tables and booths are almost entirely full while most of the counter seats are open. The counter faces the wall and has about 4 seats on the short end and 11 on the long end. One television at the end showing CNN. Very cool highchair child seat, clamps on to the end of the booth table. A sign says their sidewalk seating permits are coming soon. I sit towards the front facing the wall. From here I can see some of the front tables and out through the floor to ceiling windows and watch all the passerby on Bowery. New York is waking up.
Since this is BarTaste, I’ll count the counter as a bar especially since I am facing a wall of liquor from my counter seat. I seriously consider a neat glass of scotch or whiskey to sooth my suffering throat and head. I decide against it and order several hot steaming cups of tea which were perfect. The guy at the bar was extremely nice and attentive as I dallied before ordering food while enjoying the hot tea, did I say hot? Yes, hot, hot, perfect for a summer cold.
The music turned to Blues and I am feeling much better so I order Florentine Benedict and extra crispy bacon. The food is wonderful. Creamy fresh spinach on the benedict and a mound of bacon cut thick and cooked just the way I like it. Yes, two dishes with meat, I need comfort with this cold.
Business Travelers: With all of the new housing, retail and hotel development in The Bowery a local place for any meal is essential. The Bowery Diner is your place. With a menu a full step above a typical diner and a full bar. The Bowery Diner is a very good place for an evening alone or with a group of friends, co-workers, clients and colleagues. The Bowery Diner is open 24/7 and I hear it gets a crowd later into the evening and when all the bars and clubs let out. Happy Hour is 5 to 7 P.M. with 50% off booze and Oysters! Oysters at Happy Hour, what could be happier? Go for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner and make sure you allow time to explore The Bowery neighborhood. Women traveling on business will feel welcome and comfortable in The Bowery Diner and the surrounding neighborhood.
The Bowery Diner
New York, NY 10002