The Comfort Diner

★★★☆☆
Time to eat good food at New York's Best Diner
  • 214 E 45th St

    New York, NY 10017

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  • 212-867-4555

About The Comfort Diner

Hours
Mon-Thu 7:30am-9 pm Fri 730 am-10pm Sat 9am- 0pm Sun 9 am-9 pm

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The food is good, but what's the point if you're not allowed to enjoy it? Barely two sips into my after-meal cappuccino, my companion and I were flatly told (not even politely asked - which still would have been inappropriate) by the manager THOMAS to "hurry up" because people were waiting to be seated!!! Was I expected to chug my coffee?! Clearly, the Comfort Diner is not interested in repeat business. And they certainly won't have mine, or anyone else with whom I share this unbelievably rude, unprofessional and downright appalling business practice which I find completely unheard of for a restaurant of any caliber. NEVER AGAIN.

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★☆☆☆☆

The food is good, but what's the point if you're not allowed to enjoy it? Barely two sips into my after-meal cappuccino, my companion and I were flatly told (not even politely asked - which still would have been inappropriate) by the manager THOMAS to "hurry up" because people were waiting to be seated!!! Was I expected to chug my coffee?! Clearly, the Comfort Diner is not interested in repeat business. And they certainly won't have mine, or anyone else with whom I share this unbelievably rude, unprofessional and downright appalling business practice which I find completely unheard of for a restaurant of any caliber. NEVER AGAIN.

Pros: negated

Cons: downright horrible service and management

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This midtown eatery moves 'em in and moves 'em out and makes their taste buds happy in the process. Whether you grab a sandwich for lunch, enjoy a platter of comfort food for dinner, or try one of their bountiful breakfasts, you won't be disappointed. The challah french toast with berries was out of this world. Definitely a neighborhood favorite.

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★★★★★

This midtown eatery moves 'em in and moves 'em out and makes their taste buds happy in the process. Whether you grab a sandwich for lunch, enjoy a platter of comfort food for dinner, or try one of their bountiful breakfasts, you won't be disappointed. The challah french toast with berries was out of this world. Definitely a neighborhood favorite.

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We get back to New York 2-3 times a year. The Comfort Diner is an oasis within the busy confines of New York City. The place looks pretty authentic, the food is excellent and well priced. I just wish the wait staff was rude or at least had the New York 'I don't give a damn attitude'. I suppose no place is perfect.

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★★★★★

We get back to New York 2-3 times a year. The Comfort Diner is an oasis within the busy confines of New York City. The place looks pretty authentic, the food is excellent and well priced. I just wish the wait staff was rude or at least had the New York 'I don't give a damn attitude'. I suppose no place is perfect.

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My wife and I went to Comfort Diner for breakfast on a recent Saturday morning. After being seated, it took forever to even have a waitress come to take our order. And once we'd ordered, it took forever to get our food. And it's not like we ordered anything that takes a long time. I ordered eggs with biscuits and gravy; my wife ordered a so-called Belgian waffle.

The biscuits were fairly dense and defnitely not fresh. The gravy was way too sparse--a thin coating that left me with a mound of dry biscuit on my plate. And for some reason there were grits next to them; another waiter said the "country breakfast" had a choice of home fries or grits, but the waitress never asked me which I wanted. I'd thought it came with homefries. My wife's waffle was not well-cooked or even approaching crispy.

The one good thing I can say is that my eggs were done properly and that the homefries were actually crisp. But even there I encountered a problem; for some reason, Comfort Diner uses glass ketchup bottles with a HUGE opening. I've never seen these anywhere before. And when you turn the bottle upside-down, the ketchup rushes forth in a tsunami onto your plate. Why don't they get the squeeze bottles that other restaurants use? Or at least the old-style glass bottles with the smaller opening?

The prices were OK on some things, like my combination breakfast. But my wife's lone, limp waffle was $6.50 and came with no sides at all! Around the corner at 2nd and 44th, John's Diner offers a waffle with coffee and bacon for around the same price. And coffee at Comfort Diner is $2.25. A side of bacon is $3.50. Ridiculous. I think they get away with these prices because of their cutesy diner atmosphere. But Johns, Sarge's (3rd and 37th), and Bloom's (Lex and 40th) are a much better deal.

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★★☆☆☆

My wife and I went to Comfort Diner for breakfast on a recent Saturday morning. After being seated, it took forever to even have a waitress come to take our order. And once we'd ordered, it took forever to get our food. And it's not like we ordered anything that takes a long time. I ordered eggs with biscuits and gravy; my wife ordered a so-called Belgian waffle.

The biscuits were fairly dense and defnitely not fresh. The gravy was way too sparse--a thin coating that left me with a mound of dry biscuit on my plate. And for some reason there were grits next to them; another waiter said the "country breakfast" had a choice of home fries or grits, but the waitress never asked me which I wanted. I'd thought it came with homefries. My wife's waffle was not well-cooked or even approaching crispy.

The one good thing I can say is that my eggs were done properly and that the homefries were actually crisp. But even there I encountered a problem; for some reason, Comfort Diner uses glass ketchup bottles with a HUGE opening. I've never seen these anywhere before. And when you turn the bottle upside-down, the ketchup rushes forth in a tsunami onto your plate. Why don't they get the squeeze bottles that other restaurants use? Or at least the old-style glass bottles with the smaller opening?

The prices were OK on some things, like my combination breakfast. But my wife's lone, limp waffle was $6.50 and came with no sides at all! Around the corner at 2nd and 44th, John's Diner offers a waffle with coffee and bacon for around the same price. And coffee at Comfort Diner is $2.25. A side of bacon is $3.50. Ridiculous. I think they get away with these prices because of their cutesy diner atmosphere. But Johns, Sarge's (3rd and 37th), and Bloom's (Lex and 40th) are a much better deal.

Pros: Uh...location I guess?

Cons: Slow service, lousy breakfast food

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I'm sick, so I decided to get delivery from the Comfort Diner, as I was in the mood for some comfort food and had walked by the diner on several occassions. I ordered 2 iced coffees, a vanilla milkshake, chocolate cheesecake, mac and cheese and the BBQ pulled pork. The coffee is meh, but it's just coffee. I wasn't expecting anything gourmet anyway. The cheesecake is alright, I'd order something else next time though. Wishing I had ordered the Snickers pie or cake thing! Though I've never had it, i do love me my Snickers. Anyway, the mac and cheese was disappointing. that could be because it was so built up to me. It's not bad, but it's not like THE BEST MAC AND CHEESE EVA!!1111!!1! and there wasn't much of a crunchy top, which I was really looking forward to. The BBQ Pulled Pork was quite good. I would order it again. I haven't had the chance to try the milkshake yet. They were very nice on the phone and the delivery person came exactly when they said they would. The guy on the phone was also very patient with my order change.

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★★★☆☆

I'm sick, so I decided to get delivery from the Comfort Diner, as I was in the mood for some comfort food and had walked by the diner on several occassions. I ordered 2 iced coffees, a vanilla milkshake, chocolate cheesecake, mac and cheese and the BBQ pulled pork. The coffee is meh, but it's just coffee. I wasn't expecting anything gourmet anyway. The cheesecake is alright, I'd order something else next time though. Wishing I had ordered the Snickers pie or cake thing! Though I've never had it, i do love me my Snickers. Anyway, the mac and cheese was disappointing. that could be because it was so built up to me. It's not bad, but it's not like THE BEST MAC AND CHEESE EVA!!1111!!1! and there wasn't much of a crunchy top, which I was really looking forward to. The BBQ Pulled Pork was quite good. I would order it again. I haven't had the chance to try the milkshake yet. They were very nice on the phone and the delivery person came exactly when they said they would. The guy on the phone was also very patient with my order change.

Pros: The staff, the pulled pork, the timliness

Cons: the mac and cheese, the price, the coffee

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Everything at this diner is pretty standard, but the macaroni and cheese is the best I have ever had!! Not too bad of a wait for a Sunday brunch time, about 15 minutes. The service was average and the prices was great. GET THE MACARONI AND CHEESE!

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★★★★☆

Everything at this diner is pretty standard, but the macaroni and cheese is the best I have ever had!! Not too bad of a wait for a Sunday brunch time, about 15 minutes. The service was average and the prices was great. GET THE MACARONI AND CHEESE!

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I was new in town and looking for somewhere that was a traditional American diner for breakfast - and found it. Snappy but unfussy service, good coffee, competent steak and eggs - and no hurries as I read my papers and planned the day.

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★★★★☆

I was new in town and looking for somewhere that was a traditional American diner for breakfast - and found it. Snappy but unfussy service, good coffee, competent steak and eggs - and no hurries as I read my papers and planned the day.

Pros: Decent food, reasonably priced

Cons: Not particularly inventive, quite plain atmosphere

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We came here for a quick breakfast and left very happy. The waffles were better than the ones at Norma's at one third the price. The pancakes were also quite good. The service is very plain, but that can be expected of a diner. The prices were reasonable. I would definitely come back if I am in the neighborhood.

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★★★★☆

We came here for a quick breakfast and left very happy. The waffles were better than the ones at Norma's at one third the price. The pancakes were also quite good. The service is very plain, but that can be expected of a diner. The prices were reasonable. I would definitely come back if I am in the neighborhood.

Pros: Breakfast

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The Imagination burger is probably the best burger I've ever had. Fries aren't great, and the mac n' cheese is so-so. Service gets crappy in the lunch time rush, and some dishes are very pricey. Would NOT recommend the desserts.

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★★★★☆

The Imagination burger is probably the best burger I've ever had. Fries aren't great, and the mac n' cheese is so-so. Service gets crappy in the lunch time rush, and some dishes are very pricey. Would NOT recommend the desserts.

Pros: good food

Cons: pricey, bad service

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average diner food. They like to rush you in and out so the Comfort Diner name is a bit misleading. Do try the milkshakes - not bad. Stick with the breakfast food - it's hard to go wrong.

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★★☆☆☆

average diner food. They like to rush you in and out so the Comfort Diner name is a bit misleading. Do try the milkshakes - not bad. Stick with the breakfast food - it's hard to go wrong.

Pros: fast service

Cons: fast service

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This is listed in the book "NY's 50 Best Brunch Places" so my boyfriend and I tried it...it was so not worthy of being on that list!!! The place is old and dirty and disgusting and the food was not that good at all. I could get a better omellete at a local deli. The only thing that was good about our meal was the chocolate fugdge/peanut butter milkshake. I would not recommend this filthy place to anyone!!! There are so many other places to get an awesome brunch at in NYC....like Annie's on the UES!!! Or Vinyl on the UWS!

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★☆☆☆☆

This is listed in the book "NY's 50 Best Brunch Places" so my boyfriend and I tried it...it was so not worthy of being on that list!!! The place is old and dirty and disgusting and the food was not that good at all. I could get a better omellete at a local deli. The only thing that was good about our meal was the chocolate fugdge/peanut butter milkshake. I would not recommend this filthy place to anyone!!! There are so many other places to get an awesome brunch at in NYC....like Annie's on the UES!!! Or Vinyl on the UWS!

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I have frequented this diner before but was horrified today when my friend and I were actually asked to leave because they needed our booth. Granted, this place does at times get overly crowded but today was not one of those days. The food is good but when you can't even finish your iced tea -- who needs it! By the way, we weren't even there for one hour before we were asked to leave!

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★★☆☆☆

I have frequented this diner before but was horrified today when my friend and I were actually asked to leave because they needed our booth. Granted, this place does at times get overly crowded but today was not one of those days. The food is good but when you can't even finish your iced tea -- who needs it! By the way, we weren't even there for one hour before we were asked to leave!

Cons: Manners of employees

 

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