Inside One of the Last Standalone Diners in Manhattan

Market Diner in Hell’s Kitchen is one of the very small number of surviving standalone diners in the borough of Manhattan. Opening in 1962 on a large lot, the diner provided tasty diner-fare to not only residents of the neighborhood, but to celebrity patrons such as Frank Sinatra as well. In a neighborhood which has long since been gentrified, the fact that the diner still occupies the huge lot in midtown Manhattan is quite amazing. The diner still has it’s original exterior, and even maintains a parking lot for anybody wishing to drive there.

Inspired by a recent Scouting NY article, filmmakers Alison Walker, Angela LaSalle and Rodrigo Brancatelli visited the diner and interviewed Vasilios Plakias, manager of Market Diner. Check out the video above or on Vimeo.

Market Diner is located on 43rd St and 11th Ave.

Matt Coneybeare

Matt Coneybeare

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Matt enjoys exploring the City's food scene with his Wife and the outdoors with their three dogs. He is an avid marathon runner, and spends most of his time working from a treadmill desk at home.

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