CHELSEA — The Empire Diner reopened beneath new administration Monday with a relaunched menu from the staff behind a well-liked Seventh Avenue restaurant.
Chef John DeLucie and the house owners of Cafeteria had deliberate to reopen the longtime diner on tenth Avenue in November, however pushed the date again after encountering “development snafus,” DeLucie advised DNAinfo New York in January.
The newest iteration of the eatery “celebrates the ever-altering neighborhood of Chelsea, whereas respecting its roots to the artwork group because the late Nineteen Seventies,” its new administration stated in a launch.
A view of the diner’s inside. (Courtesy: Empire Diner)
“Since opening in 1976, Empire Diner has been a neighborhood and business staple as the world has develop into house to quite a few artwork galleries, motels and residences,” the discharge continued.
“Underneath the partnership of Chef DeLucie and the Cafeteria group, the restaurant will shortly turn out to be a culinary vacation spot as soon as once more for New York Metropolis locals and vacationers alike.”
The diner’s new menu provides “Basic American” meals like a braised beef brief ribs with horseradish gremolata; a burger with American cheese and herbed french fries; and sourdough pretzel fried hen with chili mustard sauce.
The “Empire Double Patty Burger.” (Courtesy: Empire Diner)
The “small plates” menu consists of celery root soup with brown butter and crab, in addition to an Arctic char crudo with pomelo, chili and mint. The “sides” menu consists of crispy artichokes with home aioli, and candy pea and onion toast with goat cheese and roasted garlic.
Desserts embrace a 3-layer coconut cake with coconut buttercream and pineapple ribbons; an “Empire S’mores Torte” with toasted marshmallow, do-it-yourself graham crackers, vanilla ice cream and semi-candy chocolate mousse; and drinks like “The Excessive Line,” a tackle a Bee’s Knees cocktail with gin, sage honey, lemon and bee pollen.
The restaurant, which has two flooring of seating, is presently open from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Monday by way of Sunday.
It is going to begin serving brunch and lunch — and open its outside seating space — sooner or later in Might.