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One thing I’ve been meaning to start featuring here on MAD is New York Diners. As noted at Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York, this is another of many things slowly vanishing in New York. I thought I should start documenting the ones left before they turn into a Starbucks or a Chipotle.
I had to work tonight, so I thought the first Diner I would feature here at MAD would be my neighborhood diner, The Hollywood Diner. I moved into my apartment on 16th street in 1998 and have been going to the Hollywood ever since I’ve moved in. I’m not sure how long its been on the block, but I know its been there quite a while. It’s friendly, the waiters, hostesses and counter workers are all friendly and the food is great with tons of selections. And it’s open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. And it’s just a half a block from where I live. So let's go already!
It's just 14 blocks from where I work, but I've got overtime money, so we'll take a cab and arrive in style.
And we're off!
And here we are at the Hollywood Diner. As you can see, there's outside dining, but it's a little chilly out so let's go inside.
Here's the main dining room...
But I think we'll sit at the counter tonight.
Florencio is the host tonight and he happily serves up an Amstel Light. Cheers and beers!
Okay, I'm all settled in and it's time to order.
Of course since it's the Hollywood Diner, there's a few celebrity sandwiches on the menu. My favorite is the Al Pacino. Attica!
The service is great here and before you know it, the food starts arriving.
I started out with a cup of Matzo Ball soup. I loaded it up with pepper and it was delicious!
And here's the main course, a grilled cheese sandwich. I think that's the perfect diner dinner, matzo ball soup and a grilled cheese sandwich. The grilled cheese is rye bread and cheddar cheese.
And it was delicious!
The ceiling of the Hollywood Diner has a nice mural of clouds on it.
A photo of Elvis hangs on the front wall.
They love Lucy in here.
Speaking of Al Pacino, here he is as Scarface next to 007.
And no self-respecting Hollywood Diner would be complete without a picture of Marilyn Monroe hanging on the wall.
And finally...cake! Goodnight everybody and see you tomorrow after dark.
My friends Karen and Jon from Grade “A” Fancy have been asked to be part of the reading series, Drink, Think. If you’re in the area June 15th, you should go cheer them on. Check out the information here: Drink[dot]Think.