It’s taken me so long to put up posts! So sorry everyone! The holidays have been crazy and time wasn’t exactly on my side when it came to blogging.
So… here’s a new post!
I love it when my mom and dad come to visit me in New York City — it means so much to me to have them here and to show them around the neighborhood I live in. My mom recently came to visit me (sadly, my dad couldn’t join) and we lucked out with 50 degrees and sunny for our Saturday weather! Such a gorgeous weekend to be in NYC!
We had lunch in Madison Square Park, at Shake Shack of course! And we spent the entire day walking around the city. Since I live in Manhattan, my weekends don’t include walking around all day and getting stuck in the touristy sections of the city. I’m on a schedule, I have errands to run, I have to go grocery shopping, and cleaning my apartment is always on the list of things to get done on the weekend. So it was a treat to be outside on a sunny Saturday gallivanting around town with my mother.
For the first year while living in Chelsea, the old Empire Diner had been boarded up. It was such a miserable looking spot to walk by… it looked as if the famous diner was abandoned and the never-will-be-forgotten landmark would be lost forever. Then, this past summer it was reopened, not as the Empire Diner (so sad), but as The Highliner. On the outside of the restaurant the original letters that spell “Diner” were kept, but the word “Empire” was taken down. The outside has stayed the same — a vintage diner look building, with silver lining that frames the building. The inside however has changed. The old school looking furniture — diners’ chairs, round spinning stools at the breakfast bar, and classic vintage diner tables crowd the petite restaurant. But with a modern update, everything is brand new.
My mother and I shuffled in rather early on a Sunday to sneak in some breakfast/brunch before she headed home. Luckily, we made it before the brunch rush (we got there at 9:30 a.m.) and we had no problem getting a table… actually there were so many open tables we could pick our seating location ourselves! I still can’t believe I was awake at 9:30, let alone groomed and at a restaurant!
We both ordered the same thing, and why wouldn’t we!? The Egg-In-A-Hole, which described on the menu is “asparagus. mushrooms. goat cheese fondue.” And for only $9, how could you go wrong?
The egg-in-a-hole came quickly. The bread was clearly sliced fresh, it was nice and thick and fluffy and housed a perfectly cooked egg right on the inside. It was fully cooked, no runny anything! And it was placed on top of the goat cheese fondue. I would cut into the egg and bread and scoop up some of the creamy cheesy fondue and spoon on top some of the chopped asparagus and mushrooms. All of the flavors together made for one heck of a rich bite. If it wasn’t for the goat cheese fondue, the dish would be just a simple bland unoriginal plate of flavors I could have made at home. Everything was perfectly cooked — the veggies al dente and the bread perfectly seasoned with a nice crisp crunch on the outside.
The Highliner also brews one heck of a tasty cup of coffee too! And I promise you their lattes will wake you right up!
Honestly, it’s tempting not to go every morning!
P.S. I will admit I’ve had their burger, I had it when they first opened this past summer and I was not a fan. The meat wasn’t highend like it should have been. I didn’t want to give up on the diner and I have discovered their breakfast/brunch menu is the best. Maybe one day I’ll give their dinner menu another chance.