Scoping out Brooklyn Diner’s new spring menu

It’s delightful! It’s delicious! It’s de-lovely! (Has NO one here seen the Broadway Anything Goes? Because if you have, this song will be forever stuck in your head).

I digress.

So word on the street is Brooklyn Diner just unveiled their new spring menu options (read: I was emailed a press announcement about this and invited to check it out). My friend Mehreen came along to try some of them out…and she possibly ended up getting something from their regular menu, but at least one of us stuck to the task at hand.

Fried House-Made Mozzarella marinara sauce, $10

I guess first things first: this restaurant isn’t actually in Brooklyn. Its home is actually one of two locations in Midtown West (we went to the one on 57th and 7th, the other stands on 43rd Street). Second, it’s not exactly the usual diner. Normally, you’ll meet lunch hours here with a wait — easy enough to see given its prime location — and also find dressed-up staples on their menu both in accoutrements and price. Plus, it’s cozy enough but not stark and depressingly-lit as another diners. Even Mehreen was surprised when she walked in: “I expected…a diner,” I believe were her exact words.

With that, we ordered their Fried House-Made Mozzarella marinara sauce which looks so simple but the sauce and basil topping gives it so much flavor. Must order. The new spring menu options include options for everyone: “Brooklyn’s Little Oriental” Fried Calamari Salad, California Shrimp Salad, Lobster Grilled Cheese with cheddar, gruyere and parmesan cheese, Braised Short Rib sandwich with caramelized onions, and Meatball Parmigiana. I went for their new Veggie Burger with Vermont Cheddar cheese and served with fries. Because if you give me an option for a burger, I will more than likely take it.

Veggie Burger with cheese and fries

The burger is delicious but on the softer side, and maybe even easier to eat piece by piece. Mehreen got their 3-Cheese Chicken Parmigiana with spaghetti pomodoro. The dish is massive (if you are to share, there’s a $5 sharing fee, but you may even have to with dishes like these), and like the appetizer, this place makes very regular menu items way better than you expect (even something as simple as spaghetti).

3-Cheese Chicken Parmigiana

Spaghetti pomodoro

We decided to end with the red velvet cake. Clearly, we didn’t realize how massive this thing would be — the slice was as big as our heads:

Red Velvet cake

Man. It looks smaller in pictures. But I promise, it’s BIG. The cake itself was a bit more on the drier side than we were hoping for, but the whipped cream it came with sort of compensated. Check out their new spring menu options yourself — they’re marked with a star on the menu right now!

Restaurant Info
Brooklyn Diner

212 W 57th St,
at 7th Avenue
New York, NY 10019
(212) 977-1957
Midtown West

Meal: Lunch

Occasion: New Spring Menu beckoned!
Price: $$$
(Out of three stars)
Ambiance: ***
Food: **(Lost a star for the dessert fail)
Service: ***(Wonderful and attentive wait staff who didn’t rush our meal at all)
Would I go back?: Yes, and definitely to try their lobster grilled cheese and shrimp salads!

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  1. Archana wrote:

    Looks yummy! Eaman always said Brooklyn Diner has the best shakes. You should try those next time!

    Posted 4.11.13

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