Trash can Nachos idea. Needs to be perfected. Cheese sauce 120g. Sliced jalapeños 60g. Beef chili 180g. Tomato salsa 100g. Black beans 60g. Cheddar cheese 60g. Mozzarella cheese 60g. Corn chips 150g. Green onion 10g. Diced tomato 30g. Sliced black olives 20g. Layer 1/3 of each ingredient 3 times in a #10 can and serve. #nachos#texmex#dinerfood
Finding cheese curds in China is damn near impossible so we make our poutine with mozzarella and smoked teriyaki beef tongue. You can find this on our regular menu, and this weekend we're getting way, way deeper into Quebec's finest culinary export. Our chef Danyi Gao came up with six remixes of the classic diner food and you can try them all this Saturday and Sunday, March 24 & 25 from 6pm-10pm. We're talking poutines topped with hongshao rou, red curry chicken with coconut, foie gras and black truffle cheese, and more secret guests. It's postmodern poutine. It's Shanghai poutine.
Spent such a wonderful weekend in Palm Springs with my sister @ellacn! Note to self: remember that American diners are straight up out of control. If you think you’re ordering a simple brownie and piece of pie you will end up with something akin to “a fortress waiting to be conquered,” in the words of Ella. We were sadly unable to conquer these two absolute specimens of traditional diner dessert, but after a good day hiking in the desert, we enjoyed trying! Miss you already, sis!
Greenpoint’s Sunset Diner ranks as a solid C- in actual dining experience, but it’s cheap and quick and a real neighborhoody spot. People, their *deluxe* cheeseburger is $8.15. The food is thoroughly mediocre—my bacon was somehow chewy and hard at the same time—but you can’t beat the prices. The ceiling tiles look chrome and likely original, and there’s some slapdash neon and pseudo-kitsch, like a dusty wooden ship (sadly not depicted, as I noticed it on the way out when the proprietor was already glaring at me for taking photos). The general air is of benign apathy, which is pretty damn diner-y.
In doing background research, I learned that the place was another coffee shop, called Jack & Jill, in the 80s, and it got the name Sunset Diner in 1984, if not earlier. I was able to find an 80s-era photo of the shop in the NYC Municipal Archives’ digital collection, but it’s so grainy all you can really make out is DONUTS—COFFEE.
Back In 1916, the lot was a liquor store with a bowling alley in the basement. I can’t help wondering whether it’s still down there, now housing cases of domestic beer and stacks of take-out cups. (Last 2 photos credited to NYC Municipal Archives and NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development.)